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In this undated video grab provided released by the Russian Defense Ministry, a Russian Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone is photographed being test-launched. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the Poseidon doesn't fall under the New START arms control treaty with the United States, but added that Moscow is ready to discuss it as part of broader talks with Washington on strategic stability.


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

The Age of Strategic Instability: How Novel Technologies Disrupt the Nuclear Balance

| July 21, 2020

Even with the resurrection of arms control agreements now being abrogated or dismantled, there is reason to doubt that strategic stability, at least as understood in the old paradigm, could be reestablished or preserved.

Discarded biohazard bags fill a trash can near a registration table for COVID-19 collection vials at Genetworx Clinical Lab in Richmond, Virginia, Friday April 24, 2020.


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

The Urgent Need for a National Biosecurity Initiative

| June 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast into stark relief a harsh reality that health and biosecurity experts have been worrying about for many years: our extreme vulnerability to naturally occurring pandemics and man-made bioweapons.

In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran.

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

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

Impacts of the U.S. Killing of Qassem Soleimani

Belfer Center experts weigh in on potential impacts of the U.S. killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, stands inside a post where U.S. troops were based, in Tel Abyad town, at the Syrian-Turkish border, Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. 

AP Photo/Ahmad Baderkhan

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Impacts of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria

Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, Belfer Center experts discussed the impact on America, our allies and adversaries, and the region.

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

Commentary on “The Iran Nuclear Archive: Impressions and Implications”

While the authors make much of what intelligence collection did not detect, such as the Iranian intent to use a known tunnel for uranium activities before any relevant equipment was installed, their overall conclusion about fissile material production validates the explicit knowledge upon which the U.S. and its negotiating partners based the effort to secure the agreement: “At the same time, the combination of national intelligence activities and IAEA efforts had successfully identified that Iran had a program focused on development of nuclear weapons and had successfully uncovered nearly all of its efforts related to production of fissile material.

A man holds a sign that reads "Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty"prior to a press conference during the Helsinki Summit with Trump and Putin.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

A Better Way to Confront Russia's Nuclear Menace

| Oct. 28, 2018

Ongoing Russian violations of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty need to be effectively addressed because they defy a longstanding bilateral agreement and directly threaten our NATO allies. However, the Trump administration’s move to pull out of the treaty is misguided; instead, we should launch a major initiative to strengthen strategic stability between the United States and Russia, writes Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

Reagan and Gorbachev signing INF Treaty in 1987

(AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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

Center Experts Comment on Significance of Withdrawing from INF Treaty

Following the news that the Trump administration plans to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, ten Belfer Center nuclear and U.S.-Russia relations experts offered their thoughts on the significance and consequences of this action.