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Taliban special force fighters arrive inside the Hamid Karzai International Airport

AP/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi

Analysis & Opinions - TRENDS Research & Advisory

An Unassailable Position of Total Weakness — U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

| Sep. 11, 2021

Nathaniel L. Moir writes of historical cases in which a U.S. tendency to over-rely on military capabilities and American economic strength proved unwise and how such power eventually proved to be irrelevant. In addition to the Vietnam War as an example, the rapid collapse of the Republic of China and its large military forces in late 1948 and 1949 offers some parallels with the collapse of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Government, despite the United States investment of trillions of U.S. dollars.

Audio - Right Rising

Welcome Back to Right Rising: Season 2

| Sep. 01, 2021

 Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, Matthew Feldman walks us through the Center for the Analysis of the Radical Right's growing projects and collaborations and how he thinks about the particularly unique contribution of the organization to understanding the radical right. Bringing in his own experiences as an expert witness and public-facing academic, Matthew reveals why this particular brand of radical right extremism is so potent — and what we need to keep an eye on in the year ahead.

A satellite photo showing heavy snows along the Korean coast, mid-February 2011.

NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

Report - Applied History Project

A Policy of Public Diplomacy with North Korea

| August 2021

The Biden administration has emphasized the importance of alliances and core values of democracy in its foreign policy approach. Given this emphasis, public diplomacy—activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign audiences—should be considered an essential tool in achieving our long-term policy objectives in North Korea. Public diplomacy has the potential to spur domestic change in North Korea—change that could result in improved human rights conditions, leading to behavioral change in the Kim regime, and eventually denuclearization.

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

Applied History Project Supports Essay Contest, Hosts Notable Speakers

| Spring 2021

In addition to hosting a speakers series with renowned historians and scholars discussing lessons from history that are applicable to today's challenges, the Applied History Project is pleased to support an essay contest asking for history-informed essays on "How to Reunite America." 

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

COVID-19: Using Metrics to Boost Vaccination Rollouts

| Spring 2021

In late January, at the peak of America’s COVID-19 outbreak, and nearly two months after the first vaccine was approved, Graham Allison and research assistant Hugo Yen found that hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses were being left unused on shelves due to sluggish rollouts by state governments....By simplifying the array of vaccination statistics provided by the CDC into clear metrics, Allison and Yen developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Report Card to help citizens easily understand their states’ performance in the vaccine rollout and better hold their state governments accountable. 

Salvador Allende sculpture in Santiago, Chile

Flickr CC/David Berkowitz

Journal Article - Review of International Affairs

What Constitutes Successful Covert Action? Evaluating Unacknowledged Interventionism in Foreign Affairs

| 2021

Covert action has long been a controversial tool of international relations. However, there is remarkably little public understanding about whether it works and, more fundamentally, about what constitutes success in this shadowy arena of state activity. This article distills competing criteria of success and examines how covert actions become perceived as successes.

Audio - Right Rising

New Book Spotlight — Homegrown Hate

| May 11, 2021

Guest Dr. Sara Kamali joins Right Rising to discuss her new book Homegrown Hate: Why White Nationalists and Militant Islamists Are Waging War against the United States. Dr. Kamali talks listeners through some of the critical aspects of understanding white nationalism explored in Homegrown Hate. Along with host Augusta Dell'Omo, she breaks down commonly misunderstood concepts — from Christian identitarians to white ethnostate — to help us grapple with the big question — what ultimately can we do to stop these groups?