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Oil tanker Marlin Luanda on fire after an attack in the Gulf of Aden.

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

The Other Side of the Strait: The Strategic Significance of the Houthi’s Aggression for East Africa

| Mar. 06, 2024

Iranian-backed militants in Yemen are clashing with the United States and British naval forces in the Red Sea over Israel’s operations in Gaza, all in a complex dance for geopolitical leverage in the Middle East. Yet, there is another region with a stake in the conflict brewing in the Bab al-Mandab strait, one seemingly beyond the world’s purview – the Horn of Africa.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a NATO leaders virtual summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.

AP Photo/Olivier Matthys

Analysis & Opinions

U.S. Engagement with Hungary: Reshaping NATO’s Collective Alliance

| Feb. 13, 2024

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 disrupted the European security landscape and forced political leaders to reconsider their strategic relationships. Galvanized by Russia’s aggression, NATO is at its strongest point in the 21st century; Hungary remains Russia’s closest ally within the Alliance, however, and is often a thorn in its side. If the U.S. can engage with Hungary, it ultimately enhances NATO's collective strength and cohesion - not solely for the support of Ukraine against Russia’s invasion, but for the enhancement of European security in the coming decades. 

Image of Vladimir Putin standing in front of a podium

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A Ukrainian soldier prepares a drone on the frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine.

AP Photo/Libkos

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

Advancing in Adversity: Ukraine’s Battlefield Technologies and Lessons for the U.S.

| July 31, 2023

This article outlines five innovative technology applications used by Ukraine and explores four key lessons for the United States, including the benefits of flexibility in public-private partnerships and the changing role of the civilian in 21st century warfare.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy address a media conference during a NATO summit

AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

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

Ukraine-NATO Primer: Membership Options Following the 2023 Annual Summit

| July 14, 2023

From July 11-12, 2023, NATO leaders gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania for one of the most significant NATO summits in history. This timely brief by Eric Rosenbach, Grace Jones, and Olivia Leiwant serves as a background piece on Ukraine’s history with NATO, potential future pathways for accession, and the operational impact Ukraine’s NATO membership could have on the alliance.