“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Five causes of collapse appear paramount: major episodes of climate change, crises-induced mass migrations, pandemics, dramatic advances in methods of warfare and transport, and human failings in crises including societal lack of resilience and the madness, incompetence, cultic focus, or ignorance of rulers.
Liberal democracy and capitalism have been the two commanding political and economic ideas of Western history since the 19th century. Now, however, the fate of these once-galvanizing global principles is increasingly uncertain.
In her new book, Not for the Faint of Heart, Ambassador Sherman takes readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective negotiators―often the only woman in the room. She discusses the core values that have shaped her approach to work and leadership: authenticity, effective use of power and persistence, acceptance of change, and commitment to the team. She shows why good work in her field is so hard to do, and how we can learn to apply core skills of diplomacy to the challenges in our own lives.
The Diplomacy and International Politics Program examines the future of diplomacy and conflict prevention, and also supports research and teaching on global political relations through initiatives on the Middle East, the Gulf, and South Asia.
Audio recording of a May 6, seminar with Soha Bayoumi, Assistant Dean of Harvard College (moderator); Sherine Hafez (University of California, Riverside); Hanan Hammad (Texas Christian University); and Valentine Moghadam(Northeastern University).
شكَّلت الانتخابات الإسرائيلية التي أُجريت في 9 أبريل/نيسان 2019، إلى حد ما، استفتاء على حكم نتنياهو كرئيس للوزراء والمستمر منذ العام 2009، حيث لم يضع أي من المرشحين الرئيسيين التسوية مع الفلسطينيين عنصرًا أساسيًّا في حملته الانتخابية. أظهرت نتائج الانتخابات فوزًا واضحًا لقوى اليمين واليمين المتطرف وهو ما سوف يرسخ هيمنتها على المشهد السياسي الإسرائيلي خلال السنوات القادمة. تعالج هذه الورقة تطبيقات نتائج الانتخابات المختلفة على الوضع الإسرائيلي الداخلي، وفرص التسوية السلمية مع الفلسطينيين، والعلاقات العربية-الإسرائيلية في ضوء التنازع الإقليمي مع إيران وحلفائها في المنطقة. تجادل الورقة بأن المجتمع الإسرائيلي يتجه أكثر من أي وقت مضى منذ توقيع اتفاق أوسلو، عام 1993، نحو اليمين وهو ما سيعمل على إذابة فرص إقامة دولة فلسطينية مستقلة مع تجاهل الدول العربية الفاعلة لذلك.
The Trump administration has never shown much interest in human rights. Last year, it pulled the United States out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. In 2017, within months of President Trump’s inauguration, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said diplomats should not let human rights values become “obstacles” to achieving national goals. Trump has spoken favorably about some of the world’s most vicious dictators.
Trump administration claims of progress in talks with the Taliban have sparked fears even among the president's allies that his impatience with the war in Afghanistan will lead him to withdraw troops too soon, leaving the country at risk of returning to the same volatile condition that prompted the invasion in the first place.
- Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center
The 2017-2018 issue of the Middle East Initiative Mosaic newsletter highlights MEI programs and activities during the academic year. This year's issue features the innovative and exciting work of students, fellows, faculty, and staff on public policy issues in the Middle East, including a focus on the community of scholars at MEI and stories on our faculty research program, alumni connections, students' experiences, and more!
President Trump declared on Twitter that ISIS had been totally defeated, and then got to work executing a surprising and rapid withdrawal of American military and state department personnel from Syria. The problem is, U.S. intelligence agencies seem to disagree with the President's victory declaration.