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Antony Blinken listens as President Joe Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping

AP/Susan Walsh

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

The Evolution of America's China Strategy

| Nov. 02, 2022

Joseph Nye writes that while U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is right to question the basic assumptions that underlay America's strategy of engagement with China, those who devised that strategy over two decades ago were also right in their own way. Then as now, even distant scenarios must be left open.

A screen shows U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addresses the 2022 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, in the United Nations General Assembly

AP/Yuki Iwamura

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

| Sep. 05, 2022

Joseph Nye writes that Russian aggression and nuclear saber rattling have reminded us that the likelihood of nuclear war is a matter of both independent and interdependent probabilities. Paradoxically, reducing the probability of an all-out catastrophe requires that we learn to accept a certain degree of risk and uncertainty.

On the right is Miklhail S. Gorbachev with then Belfer Center Director Graham Allison on the left. With a Harvard Kennedy School JFK Jr. Forum backdrop behind them. 

Martha Stewart

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

Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s Legacy

Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who is known for ending the Cold War, dissolving the Soviet Union, and changing the map of Europe, died Tuesday, August 30. He was 91.

We asked several Center experts for their thoughts on Gorbachev and his impacts – and how his life and actions are relevant to the challenges the world faces today.

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

AP/Mark Schiefelbein

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

America's China Challenge

| Aug. 03, 2022

For now, China's increasing nationalism and assertive government mean that the United States will probably have to spend more time managing its superpower rivalry. But by avoiding ideological demonization, shunning misleading Cold War analogies, and maintaining its alliances, America can rise to the challenge, argues Joseph S. Nye.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File/Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Will China and Russia Stay Aligned?

| June 21, 2022

Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces on China and Russia, their emerging partnership, and whether this alignment will last. To complement these articles, Foreign Affairs decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take. As with previous surveys, it approached dozens of authorities with specialized expertise relevant to the question at hand, together with leading generalists in the field. Participants were asked to state whether they agreed or disagreed with a proposition and to rate their confidence level in their opinion.

NATO headquarters

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Was NATO Enlargement a Mistake?

| Apr. 19, 2022

Foreign Affairs recently published a number of pieces on NATO, the decision to proceed with its enlargement, and its impact on European and global security. To complement these articles, Foreign Affairs solicited a broad pool of experts for their take. As with previous surveys, dozens of authorities with specialized expertise relevant to the question at hand, together with leading generalists in the field were approached. Participants were asked to state whether they agreed or disagreed with a proposition and to and to rate their confidence level in their opinion.