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Protesters hold up letters that spell out "No War" outside the White House

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

How Did We Get 10 Minutes From War With Iran?

| June 23, 2019

If President Trump is to be believed, the United States just came within 10 minutes of launching war against Iran. Make no mistake, these would not have been pinprick strikes that Iran simply swallowed. They would have marked the beginning of a costly war that put tens of thousands of American service members in the Gulf, our regional partners and Israel directly at risk, while shocking the global economy by choking off shipping through the vital Strait of Hormuz.

America and the World: A Conversation with Former National Security Advisors

Aspen Institute

Video - Aspen Institute

America and the World: A Conversation with Former National Security Advisors

| Aug. 06, 2018

Former national security advisors Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley, Susan Rice, and Thomas Donilon in conversation with Nicholas Burns, director of the Aspen Strategy Group and professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

In this August 2, 2017 file photo, A US military helicopter flies over the site of a suicide bomb that struck a NATO convoy in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan. In an "open letter" to U.S. President Donald Trump, Afghanistan's Taliban on Tuesday reiterated their call for a withdrawal of troops to end the protracted war. (AP Photo)

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Tell the Truth About Our Longest War

| Mar. 14, 2018

The nearly 17-year-old Afghanistan conflict, the longest war in United States history, will not end on the battlefield. It can be resolved only at the negotiating table. So, the bold offer last month from President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to negotiate with the Taliban “without preconditions” is a welcome initiative. But it faces daunting obstacles.

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. August 12, 2017 (AP Photo/Steve Helber). Keywords: Charlottesville, clash, white nationalist, counter demonstrator

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us

| Jan. 25, 2018

America’s adversaries exploit the vulnerability created by our dysfunctional democracy. Today, in contrast to Sept. 11, a terrorist attack is more likely to divide than unite us, as we saw after Benghazi, San Bernardino, Calif., and, most recently, Niger. This makes us an even more attractive target, as our enemies benefit not only from the initial attack but also from the lasting consequences of a more fractious, fragmented America.

President Donald Trump walks from the podium after speaking on national security in Washington D.C. on Monday December 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

When America No Longer Is a Global Force for Good

| Dec. 20, 2017

President Trump’s National Security Strategy marks a dramatic departure from the plans of his Republican and Democratic predecessors, painting a dark, almost dystopian portrait of an “extraordinarily dangerous” world characterized by hostile states and lurking threats. There is scant mention of America’s unrivaled political, military, technological and economic strength, or the opportunities to expand prosperity, freedom and security through principled leadership — the foundation of American foreign policy since World War II.

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

2017 Senior Fellows Bring High-level Expertise to Belfer Center and Harvard Kennedy School

During 2017, the Belfer Center was honored to welcome a number of new senior fellows, dedicated public servants who have served in high-levels of government. All of the new faces in our midst help the Center build bridges across aisles and oceans as they work with students, faculty, and other fellows to tackle today’s most challenging issues.  We were pleased to announce the following senior fellows during 2017.

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

Welcome, New Senior Fellows

The Belfer Center is pleased to welcome a number of high-ranking former officials who have joined the Center as Senior Fellows in the past few months. Each brings valuable experience and expertise in critical issues of concern to the Center that they share with students, faculty, and the larger community through their research, seminars, presentations, and various events.

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice delivers closing remarks during the the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2015.

U.S. Department of State

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

Former UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice Joins Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center as Senior Fellow

| Sep. 12, 2017

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has named former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice a non-resident Senior Fellow. In the Obama administration, Rice played a critical role in achieving the deal that prevented Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, containing the Ebola crisis, sanctioning Russia for its violations in Ukraine, and defending democracy and human rights around the world. At the Belfer Center, Rice will apply her extensive experience to contribute to an array of foreign policy and national security issues.