Policy Briefs & Testimonies

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Testimony

After Deployment: What? Russian Violations of the INF Treaty

| Mar. 30, 2017

Chairman Rogers, Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Cooper, Ranking Member Keating, distinguished members, I appreciate and am honored by the opportunity to testify before your joint subcommittees on such an important topic. As a former official of the Obama Administration, I wanted to note for the record that I am testifying today in my personal capacity, and not speaking for any organization or governmental agency or institution.

Nicholas Burns HFAC Hearing

House Foreign Affairs Office

Testimony

The Budget, Diplomacy, and Development

| Mar. 28, 2017

On March 28, 2017, Professor Nicholas Burns, alongside Stephen Krasner of the Hoover Institution and Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the implications of the Trump Administration's proposed 31% reduction in the budget for the State Department and USAID for fiscal year 2018.

Renewable energy project in UAE

AP

Policy Brief - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

University-Industry Collaboration in Science and Technology in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates

This study offers insights on the existing state of, as well as future opportunities for, collaboration between private firms and universities in Kuwait and the UAE.

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Testimony - United States Senate

Prepared Testimony: The Modus Operandi and Toolbox of Russia and Other Autocracies for Undermining Democracies Throughout the World

| Mar. 15, 2017

Prepared Testimony and Statement for the Record of Ben Buchanan for the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Exhaust rises from an oil facility in the desert field of Sakhir, Bahrain, September 2009.

AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Policy Brief - Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center

OPEC’s Misleading Narrative About World Oil Supply

| March 2017

The global oil market remains highly vulnerable to the actual status of oil supplies. There’s a paradox: so far, OPEC’s effort to convey the message of an exceptional level of compliance with cuts has helped sustain oil prices – but in so doing it has also incentivized oil output increases in many countries.

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Policy Brief - Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center

Comparative Assessment of China and U.S. Policies to Meet Climate Change Targets

| February 2017

China and the United States together emit more than 40 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide (CO2) according to the latest available data. Therefore any successful global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must include meaningful contributions from both countries. Each country has started down this path by committing to reduce CO2 emissions and both have announced plans, policies, and programs to meet those commitments. However, the character of the carbon problem in each country is different and so while the plans, programs, and policies they are pursuing have some similarities, the emphasis is different.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant

Wikimedia Commons

Policy Brief - Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Iran Stockpiling Uranium Far Above Current Needs

| January 10, 2017

In a televised speech on January 1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran had imported 200 metric tons of yellowcake uranium and would import another 120 tons at an unspecified future date. The imports are permitted by the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but nonetheless significantly exceed Iran’s needs for natural (that is, unenriched) uranium over the next 15 years. Iran’s import of such high levels of uranium suggests it may be stockpiling uranium to reach nuclear breakout before the deal’s initial limitations expire in 2031.

The JCPOA permits Iran to buy natural uranium to “replenish” its stocks as it sells enriched uranium on the international market. To date, Iran has had difficulties locating a buyer for its enriched uranium stocks – unsurprising, given the current excess of commercially available enriched uranium. This, however, has not stopped Iran from buying and stockpiling more yellowcake.