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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 - The New York Times

Why Foreign Propaganda Is More Dangerous Now

| Sep. 19, 2017

The debate in the United States about foreign interference concentrates on who did what to influence last year’s election and the need for democracies to strengthen their cybersecurity for emails, critical infrastructure and voting platforms. But we need to pay far more attention to another vulnerability: our adversaries’ attempts to subvert our democratic processes by aiming falsehoods at ripe subsets of our population — and not only during elections.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Most Surprising Thing About Trump’s U.N. Speech

| Sep. 19, 2017

When you discount the rhetorical overkill, the most surprising thing about President Trump’s address to the United Nations on Tuesday was how conventional it was. He supported human rights and democracy; he opposed rogue regimes; he espoused a global community of strong, sovereign nations. Pretty shocking stuff.

A Muslim woman wears a mask of  Aung San Suu Kyi

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

The World Knew Ahead of Time the Rohingya Were Facing Genocide

| Sep. 19, 2017

"The plight of the Rohingya suggests that early warnings do little to prevent atrocities against vulnerable groups. The high risk of mass atrocities was clear from the escalating communitarian violence, the documented uptick in online hate speech beginning in 2012, and the tightening of official restrictions on the Rohingya’s movement and activities."

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Analysis & Opinions - WNYC

What to Expect From the U.N. General Assembly

| Sep. 18, 2017

Nicholas Burns, former ambassador to NATO and under secretary of state, and a professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Herman “Hank” Cohen, a former ambassador to Senegal and the Gambia under President Jimmy Carter, and former assistant secretary of state for African affairs under President George H.W. Bush, explain what you should expect from this week's U.N. General Assembly.

Tanks and ACAV's secure supply route in 25th Infantry Divison area.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

‘The American War’: Ken Burns never wanted to do another war documentary. Then he found Vietnam.

| Sep. 18, 2017

In “The American War,” Washington Post Opinion columnist Alyssa Rosenberg interviews the filmmakers of the new PBS documentary, "The Vietnam War." Professor Fredrik Logevall, an adviser to the film, shares why Americans’ historical understanding of Vietnam is so limited to their own experiences.

Nicholas Burns on CNC

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Analysis & Opinions - CNBC

"Trump's 'Rocket Man' Comment Tends to Divide People"

| Sep. 18, 2017

Amb. Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School professor and former undersecretary of State for political affairs (2005 to 2008), provides his thoughts on the Trump administration's handling of North Korea's threat, and the message Kim Jong Un is attempting to send by lobbing missiles over Japan.

Belarusian military jets fly during military exercises, Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The Zapad (West) 2017 military drills held jointly by Russian and Belarusian militaries at several firing ranges in both countries have rattled Russia's neighbors. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool)

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

100,000 Troops Will Engage in Russia’s Zapad-2017 War Games

| Sep. 13, 2017

As Russia prepares for its annual strategic military exercises, speculation is mounting that the Zapad-2017 war games, set for Thursday through Sept. 20 in western Russia and Belarus, might be a prelude to war. Ukraine’s defense minister cautioned that Zapad could be a ruse to attack any European country “that shares a border with Russia,” while the New York Times proclaimed that the drills near NATO’s borders have raised “fears of aggression.” A CNN contributor wondered, “Could they turn into war?”

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.

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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.