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Analysis & Opinions

Science Versus Donald Trump

| Feb. 20, 2017

At the AAAS Science Conference, US researchers are wondering how policy under US President Donald Trump will affect their research - both in content and financial terms. US President Donald Trump wants to invest in military and infrastructure, he wants to build a wall to Mexico. All this costs money and US scientists fear that this money could be taken out of funds currently designated for research and development. Adding to their concern is the appointment of Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma Attorney General, as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an organization he has consistently criticized in the past. We spoke about the situation with Cathryn Clüver, a political scientist at Harvard University. 

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Analysis & Opinions

A Historical Security Conference?

| Feb. 18, 2017

It is the first Munich security conference in the shadow of US President Donald Trump, raising questions about how participants will address the new US administration. In an interview with German station Radio Bayern, Harvard policy expert Cathryn Cluver gives an inside look at the foreign policy risks and opportunities at the conference, giving context to the upcoming remarks of senior Trump Administration officials Mike Pence and James Mattis.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with the U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency Ambassador Laura Holgate on July 22, 2016, after arriving at Vienna International Airport in Vienna, Austria, to attend a meeting aimed at amending the Montreal Protocol climate change agreement.

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

Ambassador Laura Holgate Returns to the Belfer Center

| Feb. 15, 2017

Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center enthusiastically welcomes back Ambassador Laura Holgate, who began her career at the Center in 1990. Holgate, who joins the Belfer Center as a Senior Fellow, was until January Ambassador and U.S. Representative to United Nations-Vienna and International Atomic Energy Agency. Previously, she served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction where she also played a major role in planning all four Nuclear Security Summits.

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

Joshua Itzkowitz Shifrinson’s International Security Article Wins ISA Diplomatic Studies Section Article Award

| Feb. 14, 2017

Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson’s "Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the U.S. Offer to Limit NATO Expansion," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Spring 2016), pp. 7-44, has been named the co-winner of the 2017 Article Award given by the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). This annual award is presented to the author(s) of the article that best advances the theoretical and empirical study of diplomacy—particularly articles that attempt to connect the study of diplomacy with broader issues and trends in the discipline.

Kushner, Bannon, Flynn at White HIn this Jan. 27, 2017, photo, from left, White House senior advisers Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn are seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington during a meeting between President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Trump administration is playing down the significance of a National Security Council restructuring. ouse

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

A Reichkanzler is Taking Shape Along Pennsylvania Avenue

| Feb. 07, 2017

"So we now have a situation whereby the intimidating Mr. Trump has injected  two right-wing ideologues (Bannon and Flynn) into the national security mix, and between the three of them, they probably figure they can carry the day on most issues. Pardon my observation that it sounds like 1933 in the ancient fatherhood of the Drumpf (sic) family."

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Trump Has Already Blown It

| Feb. 03, 2017

What these modern-day Jacobins don’t realize, alas, is that destroying institutions is easier than building them. If their assault on our core political traditions and institutions is successful, the United States will at best end up weaker and poorer. At worst, it will cease to be a meaningful democracy. The fact that the generally conservative Economist Intelligence Unit recently downgraded America — that’s right, the "Land of the Free" — from a "full" to a "flawed" democracy tells you just how serious this problem is. Based on the early evidence, Trump and Bannon want to accelerate that trend.

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Le Point

Magazine Article - Le Point

Burns : « Il renie soixante-dix and de diplomatie » (Burns: "He rejects seventy years of diplomacy")

| Feb. 02, 2017

In an interview with Amin Arefi of French magazine Le Point, Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns reflects on the first ten days of the Trump administration and the trajectory of American foreign policy going forward. Burns explains the fundamental differences between Donald Trump and George W. Bush, and the  worrying implications of Trump's indifference towards the US-backed system of alliances that has upheld the liberal world order for the past seven decades.   

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

Trump & Co. Demolition

| Feb. 02, 2017

America and the world have yet to see the likes of this: a newly elected administration that is setting out with manic energy to destroy in mere days what took decades to build. Perhaps the most important and, for friends of the United States, the most painful collateral damage: America’s standing as the world’s moral leader defending democracy, human rights, the rights of minorities and transparency.

Donald Trump Bans Refugees

BBC NewsHour

Analysis & Opinions - BBC News

Donald Trump Bans Refugees

| Jan. 30, 2017

Following Donald Trump's ban on refugees, the UN's Refugee Agency and the International Organisation for Migration are calling on the US to continue to protect people fleeing war and persecution. We speak to IOM's Leonard Doyle and former US Ambassador Nicholas Burns.

Also on the programme: The Democratic Republic of Congo is to sign a power sharing agreement; and why are young people somewhat reluctant to return home for the Chinese New Year.