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

Ambassadors Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Jose Antonio Sabadell Named Fellows with Harvard’s Future of Diplomacy Project

| Sep. 08, 2017

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, and José Antonio Sabadell, former Ambassador of the European Union to Mauritania, have been named Fellows with the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. DeLaurentis has been named Senior Diplomatic Fellow and Sabadell will be the first Rafael del Piño-MAEC (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation) Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project. His fellowship is supported by a grant by the Rafael del Piño Foundation based in Madrid, Spain.

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Analysis & Opinions

Cathryn Cluver and Peter Wittig in Conversation at Open Door Day, Berlin

| Aug. 26, 2017

Cathryn Cluver appeared in conversation with the German Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Peter Wittig on the occasion of Open Door Day/Date with Democracy at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, where Germans had a chance to ask questions of their Ambassadors and Ministers. 

A lieutenant opens a blast door at a U.S. ICBM launch control facility.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Analysis & Opinions - Fortune

Former Commander: Here’s What Happens When the President Orders a Nuclear Strike

| August 11, 2017

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen quickly this week on the heels of another long-range missile test, combined with public revelations that the Kim Jong-un regime may have miniaturized a nuclear weapon that can be mated to such a missile. If the North Koreans have also managed to solve the other significant challenges associated with a viable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)—which is not at all certain—then they will have achieved an embryonic operational capability.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit, July 7, 2017.

www.kremlin.ru

Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg View

The One Big Problem With New Russia Sanctions

| Aug. 10, 2017

The latest round of congressional sanctions against Russia garnered much attention for the message they sent to President Donald Trump: We don’t trust you to decide when to lift or ease sanctions on Moscow. True, it was an important signal to the American people, the president and the rest of the world that nearly all of America’s legislators felt Russia had to pay a price interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

But there were two other important messages embedded in the sanctions bill that are equally interesting and consequential.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures as he responds to a reporter's question during a meeting with Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Analysis & Opinions - Wall Street Journal

Tillerson Can End the Qatar Standoff

    Author:
  • Dennis Ross
| Aug. 01, 2017

"Defeating Islamic State is the Trump administration’s most important national-security priority. But removing ISIS from Mosul and Raqqa may end up meaning little absent the ability to secure, reconstruct and govern these and other cities. Preventing a dangerous power vacuum from forming in areas liberated from ISIS control requires the urgent involvement of unified Sunni Arab states."

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday, July 7, 2017 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci).

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly

| July 30, 2017

A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking its toll.

The Desperation of Our Diplomats

New York Times

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

The Desperation of Our Diplomats

    Author:
  • Roger Cohen
| July 28, 2017

The 8,000 Foreign Service officers are not sure how to defend American values under a president who has entertained the idea of torture, shown contempt for the Constitution, and never met an autocrat who failed to elicit his sympathy. Trump seems determined to hollow out the State Department in a strange act of national self-amputation.