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Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

What the Allegations Against Chairman Milley Really Mean

| September 27, 2021

Because Senator Marco Rubio’s allegations of Milley having interfered with the chain of command in a way that could have increased the risk of nuclear war display such elementary ignorance of the basics of the command, control, and conduct of the U.S. military in preparing for, preventing, and executing military attacks, a brief summary of the basics may be in order.

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Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Could Afghanistan Become the Base for Another 9/11?

| August 18, 2021

The ugly reality is that American presidents have to make hard choices from a menu that offers no good options. In choosing to withdraw, Biden accepted increased ownership of the risk that a Taliban-governed Afghanistan could indeed become the haven for a future mega-terrorist attack on the United States.

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

COVID-19: Using Metrics to Boost Vaccination Rollouts

| Spring 2021

In late January, at the peak of America’s COVID-19 outbreak, and nearly two months after the first vaccine was approved, Graham Allison and research assistant Hugo Yen found that hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses were being left unused on shelves due to sluggish rollouts by state governments....By simplifying the array of vaccination statistics provided by the CDC into clear metrics, Allison and Yen developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Report Card to help citizens easily understand their states’ performance in the vaccine rollout and better hold their state governments accountable. 

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

An Inflection Point for U.S.-Led Forces in Afghanistan

American troops and their allies have been conducting counter-terror operations and working to uphold the security of Afghanistan from Taliban extremists since shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. A deal negotiated between the Taliban and the Trump administration in February 2020 called on Western nations to withdraw all their forces by May 1 of this year. This week, President Biden announced that U.S. troops will complete their exit from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. We reached out to several Belfer Center experts for their thoughts.  


In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, a Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang'e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province.

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File

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

How Will a China/Russia Lunar Station Impact the United States?

China and Russia recently issued a joint announcement that they planned to construct an International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) on the moon or in lunar orbit to carry out “multi-disciplinary and multi-objective scientific research activities." We asked several Harvard Kennedy School and Belfer Center experts and specialists in space for their thoughts on this proposed collaboration.  

What impact could this collaboration have on the United States, Washington's relationships with China and Russia, and on international security?

In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

An Unsentimental China Policy

| February 18, 2021

The administration should heed the central lesson of five decades of U.S. policy toward China: it works best when focusing realistically on geopolitical objectives essential to protect American interests, and worst when attempting to engage in political engineering to promote American values.

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

When Can You be Vaccinated? A Citizen’s Guide to Grading Your State’s Performance

| Feb. 17, 2021

This brief report offers a citizen’s guide to grading your own state’s performance—or calculating you and your family’s chances of being vaccinated in the near future.