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Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a Likud Party conference

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Why Israelis Should Hope the Palestinian National Movement Is Not Dead Yet

| Sep. 20, 2017

"The fate of the Jewish national movement is inextricably linked to that of the Palestinian national movement, and there is no way to get around this. Indeed, the ostensible 'victory' will leave us with a binational state and endanger the future of the entire Zionist enterprise. It is rare that history allows us to see a preview of coming events, but a binational reality has long gone from a potential future nightmare, to a bitter present. A present which is played out daily on our TV screens, with the terrorism which has become a self-evident part of our lives, the defense establishment's repeated fears of renewed waves of violence, this time during the upcoming holidays, the demographic trends underway, and the brutalization of public discourse."

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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative Welcomes Dr. Salam Fayyad as Senior Fellow

| Sep. 20, 2017

The Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced today that Salam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of the the Palestinian Authority, will join the HKS community as a Senior Fellow this academic year.

Nicholas Burns on Greater Boston

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Analysis & Opinions - WGBH

Ambassador Burns on Trump’s UN Debut - WGBH "Greater Boston"

| Sep. 20, 2017

It was the debut speech heard around the world – Donald Trump at the United Nations, putting American First and other nations on notice. Over the course of 41 minutes, the president criticized the Iran nuclear deal, promised to “totally destroy” North Korea if its leader Kim Jong-Un – otherwise known as “Rocketman” – continues his path and vowed to crush the “loser terrorists” in the Middle East.

 

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Analysis & Opinions - Public Radio International

To The Point/KCRW: Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea

| Sep. 19, 2017

As other world leaders took their turns today, President Trump made his first address to the UN General Assembly. He threatened what he called, "small regimes than violate UN principles. Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, calling Kim Jung Un "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission." He told an audience of world leaders that Iran is a "murderous regime," and that the nuclear deal is "an embarrassment" to the United States. While saying that some countries around the world are "going to hell," he also called for "standing together" — with the US and every other nation putting its own interests first. All this with cutbacks curtailing State Department diplomacy. Is the Trump Administration giving up leadership of the Western World?

The Belfer Center's Nick Burns and John Park discuss on KCRW's To The Point. 

Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power, by Meghan O'Sullivan. Published by Simon & Schuster on September 12, 2017.

Simon & Schuster

Book - Simon & Schuster

Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power

| Sep. 12, 2017

Windfall is the boldest profile of the world’s energy resources since Daniel Yergin’s The Quest. Harvard professor and former Washington policymaker Meghan L. O’Sullivan reveals how fears of energy scarcity have given way to the reality of energy abundance. This abundance is transforming the geo-political order and boosting American power.

srael's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is One Big Lie

| Sep. 11, 2017

"Of course, it won’t surprise you that the people who keep trying to dismantle the JCPOA are mostly the same people who’ve repeatedly called for military action against Iran. And guess what? They are for the most part the same strategic geniuses that told you toppling Saddam Hussein would be easy and cheap and would transform the Middle East into a sea of shiny pro-American democracies."

Omar al-Shishani

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

The Chechens of Syria

| Sep. 07, 2017

"...[D]espite the disparities in military training before arriving in Syria, Chechens in Syria will now leave with significant experience. Right now, the Kadyrovtsy that remain in Chechnya have the upper hand because most of the main opposition has left for Syria. But that could change as the bulk of foreign fighters trickle back home."