Governance

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Paper

The Congressional Futures Office

    Authors:
  • Justin Warner
  • Grant Tudor
| May 2019

This report interrogates the widening gap between responsive lawmaking in Congress and the deepening complexity of advancements in science and technology. It finds that certain weakened capabilities have atrophied the organization’s absorptive capacity, or the ways by which it recognizes the value of, assimilates, and makes use of knowledge outside of itself. We propose the design of a new internal body—the Congressional Futures Office—as an optimal response among a set of considered options. 

AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari

AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari

News

Event Podcast: "Resilience Drivers in the Healthcare System in Times of Conflict: The Case of Lebanon"

Apr. 29, 2019

Audio recording of an April 29, seminar with Dr. Randa S. Hamadeh, Director, Primary Healthcare and Social Health department, Ministry of Public Health, Lebanon.

Co-sponsored by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Analysis & Opinions - Aljazeera

الانتخابات الإسرائيلية 2019: التفاعلات الداخلية والانعكاسات الخارجية

| Apr. 25, 2019

شكَّلت الانتخابات الإسرائيلية التي أُجريت في 9 أبريل/نيسان 2019، إلى حد ما، استفتاء على حكم نتنياهو كرئيس للوزراء والمستمر منذ العام 2009، حيث لم يضع أي من المرشحين الرئيسيين التسوية مع الفلسطينيين عنصرًا أساسيًّا في حملته الانتخابية. أظهرت نتائج الانتخابات فوزًا واضحًا لقوى اليمين واليمين المتطرف وهو ما سوف يرسخ هيمنتها على المشهد السياسي الإسرائيلي خلال السنوات القادمة. تعالج هذه الورقة تطبيقات نتائج الانتخابات المختلفة على الوضع الإسرائيلي الداخلي، وفرص التسوية السلمية مع الفلسطينيين، والعلاقات العربية-الإسرائيلية في ضوء التنازع الإقليمي مع إيران وحلفائها في المنطقة. تجادل الورقة بأن المجتمع الإسرائيلي يتجه أكثر من أي وقت مضى منذ توقيع اتفاق أوسلو، عام 1993، نحو اليمين وهو ما سيعمل على إذابة فرص إقامة دولة فلسطينية مستقلة مع تجاهل الدول العربية الفاعلة لذلك.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

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Analysis & Opinions

The Unimportance Of New Oil Sanctions

| Apr. 25, 2019

For the Islamic Republic, resistance to Washington has become a cultural norm, and it considers independence (esteghlal) as the main achievement of the 1979 revolution.  According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Iran would have to meet 12 conditions before the United States will renegotiate the nuclear deal and consider removing its sanctions. These conditions, which are nothing short of surrender on Iran’s part, are either set to force Iran out of the nuclear deal and therefore trigger the return of UN sanctions, or they are a thinly veiled call for regime change.

A couple of turtles get a bit of sun at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington on April 22, 2019.

J. Scott Applewhite

Analysis & Opinions - USA Today

Earth Day: Fighting Climate Change Requires Political Collaboration and Immediate Action

| Apr. 22, 2019

We need to unite America’s “grassroots” with its “grasstops” — to awaken a broad climate change voting majority that not only includes young people with passion, but businesses, the military, labor, farmers, energy providers, and subject matter experts alike. Only by linking these disparate groups — then broadening the coalition even further to include global leaders and citizens everywhere — can we galvanize action, command accountability, and unleash a clean energy transformation that will mitigate climate change and assure economic progress at the same time.

Fans react as they watch the “Greatest Royal Rumble” event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, April 27, 2018. A previous WWE event held in 2014 was for men only, but Friday night’s event included both women and children in attendance. AP Photo/Amr Nabil

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

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

Profile of a Prince: Promise and Peril in Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

| April 2019

This report, based on three prolonged trips to the Kingdom over the past year, the most recent in January 2019, will take a deep look at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who dominates every aspect of foreign and domestic policy, to try to answer what lies behind his Mona Lisa smile. It will also examine the Kingdom’s social progress, its economic stagnation and its growing political repression. Readers will have to evaluate for themselves whether the social progress he has offered Saudis in general—and women in particular—offset his autocratic tactics at home and abroad.

A 1040 tax form lies on a desk, February 13, 2019.

Keith Sracocic (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The IRS Chief Must Release Trump’s Tax Returns — and Mnuchin Must Not Stop Him

| Apr. 09, 2019

The only conceivable argument that the IRS commissioner could make for not turning over the president’s return would be to suggest that the committee had no legitimate purpose relating to its work for requesting the return. This is an absurd argument with respect to Trump’s returns. Most obviously, the committee has a legitimate interest in monitoring the auditing and enforcement of the law with respect to sitting presidents, especially in light of the known problems with the initial audits of President Richard Nixon’s returns. There are also legitimate grounds for the request centered around oversight of potential conflicts of interest the president may possess.

Belfer Center Spring 2019 Newsletter

| Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features two major reports: A Vision for Nuclear Security, from the Project on Managing the Atom, and NATO in Crisis, a  70th anniversary report from former NATO Ambassadors Nicholas Burns and Douglas Lute. The newsletter also highlights Center Korea scholars' reactions to the shortened Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, and some takeaways from nuclear experts who recently examined samples of Iranian nuclear-related documents spirited out of Iran by a clandestine Israeli intelligence operation.

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