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

Should the Biden Administration Pressure the Ukrainians to go to the Negotiating Table and Resolve the Dispute with Russia Diplomatically?

| Apr. 01, 2024

Amidst Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, the debate intensifies over whether the Biden Administration should pressure Ukraine into diplomatic talks with Russia. Proponents believe negotiations could preempt prolonged conflict whereas opponents feel such a move could compromise Ukraine’s sovereignty. The sensitivity of the topic demands a nuanced evaluation of its implications for Ukraine and the international order.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Students discuss and debate the weekly topic with guest speakers.

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

Should the Biden Administration Provide Ukraine with any Weapons (Short of Nuclear, Chemical, or Biological Weapons) it Requires to Win the War?

| Mar. 21, 2024

There is intense debate on whether the Biden Administration should supply Ukraine with any necessary weapons to ensure victory. Advocates argue this support is crucial for Ukraine's self-defense and deterrence against further aggression, while opponents raise concerns about escalation risks and the potential strain on US military stockpiles. This debate requires careful consideration of the strategic and geopolitical consequences of military aid.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Students discuss and debate the weekly topic with guest speakers.

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

Should the United States, Together with its Partners, Confiscate Sovereign Russian Assets and Hand Them Over to Ukraine for Reconstruction in Light of Russia's Destructive War?

| Mar. 07, 2024

Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, much of the international community is hotly debating whether to seize Russian sovereign assets to fund Ukraine. Proponents see this as a justified punitive measure, while critics fear escalating tensions and legal obstacles. Discussions around the pressing issue will need to weigh all of the necessary benefits and costs of such a decision.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Students discuss and debate the weekly topic with guest speakers.

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

Should NATO Invite Ukraine to Join the Alliance at Its 75th Anniversary Summit in Washington this July?

| Mar. 04, 2024

As the 75th anniversary summit of NATO in Washington approaches, the question of inviting Ukraine to join the Alliance has sparked considerable debate. While some argue that Ukraine’s accession would strengthen NATO, others fear greater escalation with Russia. This pivotal decision requires careful consideration of the implications for NATO, Ukraine, and the broader international community.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Two teams of four students each debated this week's topic as the rest of the study group observed.

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

Should the Biden Administration Pressure the Ukrainians to Go to the Negotiating Table and Resolve the Dispute With Russia Diplomatically?

| Nov. 16, 2023

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reaches a stalemate, whether there is a need to push for diplomatic negotiations has come to the forefront of debates. Some argue that the Biden administration should pressure the Ukrainians to go to the negotiating table and resolve the dispute with Russia diplomatically. Others firmly oppose any such negotiations out of fear for Ukrainian capitulation.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Two teams of four students each debated this week's topic as the rest of the study group observed.

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

European Security Unsettled: The Debates Unleashed by Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Over the course of six sessions, a study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, examined key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. This collection summarizes the debates held on each topic between two teams of four students each with the objective of providing a deeper understanding of the geopolitics of the war in Ukraine and the implications for U.S. interests.

 

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

Stephen Hadley on the Major Challenges Facing the United States Today

| Nov. 14, 2023

Karen Donfried, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, interviews Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, on the Major Challenges Facing the United States Today.

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

Is the Invasion of Ukraine a Strategic Failure for Russia?

| Nov. 09, 2023

Experts in the international community have been quick to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a strategic defeat, both in security and economic terms. However, some members within the foreign policy arena claim it is still premature to draw any definitive conclusions as the war continues its course.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Two teams of four students each debated this week's topic as the rest of the study group observed.

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

Has Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Strengthened Transatlantic Ties?

| Nov. 02, 2023

Transatlantic ties and unity have experienced substantial transformation as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The question as to whether or not the transatlantic alliance is fraying or strengthening remains central to current debates.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Two teams of four students each debated this week's topic as the rest of the study group observed.

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

Is the War in Ukraine Distracting the U.S. From the Much Larger Challenge China Poses in Asia Specifically and to the U.S.-led World Order Generally?

| Oct. 30, 2023

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has prompted policymakers in Washington to devote substantial attention and resources over the past 20 months to supporting Kyiv. Some observers fear that the war in Ukraine could divert the United States’ focus from other priorities, most notably the wide-ranging challenges posed to U.S. interests by a powerful and ambitious China.

This study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, is examining key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. Two teams of four students each debated this week's topic as the rest of the study group observed.