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The international order may be durable, but it also needs an update to account for new realities and new challenges.
In his new book, Odd Arne Westad argues that the Cold War began much earlier and extended much farther than is popularly thought.
Diplomacy

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The Foreign Service, our country’s irreplaceable asset for understanding and interacting with a complex and dangerous world, is facing perhaps its greatest crisis. President Trump’s draconian budget cuts for the State Department and his dismissive attitude toward our diplomats and diplomacy itself threaten to dismantle a great foreign service just when we need it most.

Diplomacy Experts

Paula J. Dobriansky

Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Cathryn Clüver

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project

Jeffrey DeLaurentis

Jeffrey DeLaurentis

Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

Energy & Environment

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This report recommends policies and actions to improve the return on investment the U.S. government makes in sponsoring research and development (R&D) at the Department of Energy's (DOE) seventeen National Laboratories ("Labs"). While the Labs make a unique and significant contribution to all of the Department of Energy's missions, the authors develop the idea that for the Labs to fully support DOE's energy transformation goals, their R&D management practices need to be updated to better reflect current research into innovation systems and management. They also highlight the necessity of Lab interactions with industry in order to impact the nation's energy infrastructure investment, which is, for the most part, privately held.

Energy & Environment Experts

Henry Lee

Henry Lee

Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program; Co-Principal Investigator, Energy Technology Innovation Policy; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Robert N. Stavins

Robert N. Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group; Chairman, Ph.D. Programs in Public Policy and Political Economy & Government; Co-Chair, Kennedy School–Harvard Business School Joint Degree Programs

Laura Diaz Anadon

Laura Diaz Anadon

Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program/Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Science & Technology

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A satellite view of the Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute, April 22, 2017.  ©2016 Google Earth, CNES/Airbus. Used with Permission.

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Amidst the growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, the assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother via VX nerve agent in February 2017 brought renewed interest in North Korea’s other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs—chemical and biological weapons. If used on a large scale, these weapons can cause not only tens of thousands of deaths, but also create panic and paralyze societies.

Science & Technology Experts

Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti

Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti

Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Science, Technology, and Pubic Policy Program; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Staff Assistant to Professor Ashton Carter, 1990–1992

Michael Sulmeyer

Michael Sulmeyer

Director, Cyber Security Project

Security

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Song Tao, left, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, is greeted by Ri Chang Gun, vice department director of the C.C., Workers' Party of Korea after arriving with his delegation, Nov. 17, 2017, in Pyongyang

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The US has talked itself into Kim Jong-un's trap of exaggerating how much power his rocketry gives him. If the US could deter a much stronger Soviet Union from taking an isolated West Berlin for three decades, it can deter North Korea.

Security Experts

Dara Kay Cohen

Dara Kay Cohen

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Faculty, International Security Program; Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Fredrik Logevall

Fredrik Logevall

Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History at Harvard University, International Security Program

Kate Cronin-Furman

Kate Cronin-Furman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program