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Stephanie Mitchell

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

The Impact of Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger – longtime scholar and diplomat – died on Wednesday, November 29. Several Belfer Center foreign policy and security experts share their thoughts on the impact Kissinger has had on the U.S., the world, and on themselves.

Vietnamese sky raider pulls out of its bomb run after a phosphorous bomb explodes

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Judging Henry Kissinger

| Nov. 30, 2023

Joseph S. Nye writes that evaluating ethics in international relations is difficult, and Kissinger's legacy is particularly complex. Over his long tenure in government, he had many great successes, including with China and the Soviet Union and the Middle East. Kissinger also had major failures, including in how the Vietnam War ended. But on net, his legacy is positive. In a world haunted by the specter of nuclear war, his decisions made the international order more stable and safer.

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

Event Debrief: Social Cost of Carbon Could be Significantly Underestimated, Says Environmental Economist Frances Moore

| Nov. 27, 2023

Harvard Kennedy School’s Energy Policy Seminar series hosted Frances Moore, Associate Professor and the Hurlstone Presidential Chair in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California Davis, to present her recent research on how the social cost of carbon is likely significantly underestimated in the academic literature.

Jordanian security police stand in front of protesters waving the Syrian national flag and holding an anti-American poster during a protest against any American military strike on Syria, near the U.S. embassy, Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus

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Journal Article - International Interactions

Significant Incidents Against Americans Abroad: Introducing a New Dataset

| Nov. 27, 2023

This study introduces the Significant Incidents Against Americans Abroad (SIAAA) Dataset, the foremost systematic data compilation capturing antagonistic actions directed toward American nationals, entities, and interests across the globe from 1987 to 2015. Primarily derived from the US Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security reports, the SIAAA assembles 5,272 events targeting American citizens and interests, encompassing both violent and non-violent actions across military, diplomatic, business, and civilian dimensions. In this article, we examine the general trend of incidents and introduce key variables including target typology, geographic dispersion, type of the incident, and perpetrator ideology. As an illustrative example of its potential research application, we focus on NATO's aerial bombing of Yugoslavia, highlighting how the SIAAA can be employed effectively. We conclude with propositions for future research, underscoring the dataset’s potential for both academic and policy analysis.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Previewing COP 28: A Conversation with Nat Keohane

| Nov. 27, 2023

With the start of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change just days away, environmental economist Nat Keohane is expressing optimism that the new global stocktake will incentivize participating nations to step up their collective efforts to slow the rise of global temperatures. Keohane is the guest in a special pre-COP episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.” The podcast is produced by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.

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

AI and Trust

| Nov. 27, 2023

Artificial intelligence systems, controlled by corporations, will confuse and undermine the trust that is essential to a well-functioning society.

Cars pass by a billboard advertising COP28 at Sheikh Zayed highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023. Representatives will gather at Expo City in Dubai, UAE, Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 for the 28th U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP28.

(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Analysis & Opinions - Barron's

A New Era of Geopolitics Will Challenge Climate Plans

| Nov. 27, 2023

The 2023 United Nations’ Climate Change Conference is convening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this week. COP28, as it is called, will put the issue of climate change at the center stage of the global debate. Yet the war in Gaza and its consequences are stark reminders that the most urgent challenge facing humanity is the preservation of global peace and security. A pecking order for the 21st century should thus bring back peace building as well as poverty reduction at the top of the policy agenda. Climate action cannot be at the expense of letting wars and poverty fester.

Muslim worshipers offer Eid al-Adha prayers next to the Dome of the Rock shrine at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Muslims celebrate the holiday to mark the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christians and Jews) to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, they slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest.

(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Newspaper Article - The Boston Globe

Want to Learn More About the Middle East? Start Here.

| Nov. 26, 2023

Americans want to know more about the Middle East, and they are taking matters into their own hands. Literally. Last week, two of the five best-selling books on The New York Times' nonfiction paperback bestseller list were about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The surge in interest highlights a paradox in American politics: Despite the enormous significance of the Middle East, and of the American role there, we tend to learn very little about it. High school world history classes often barely touch on the modern Middle East.

Schools need to do better. But in the meantime, if you're one of those Americans seeking a broader understanding of the conflict, where should you turn? The Globe asked scholars of the region — including Tarek Masoud, a professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; Lior Sternfeld, associate professor at Penn State University; and Susannah Heschel, professor at Dartmouth College — for book recommendations.