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

Israel Track-II Dialogue Connects Experts, Policymakers

| Spring 2018

The Belfer Center hosted the sixth annual U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue in November in partnership with Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). The dialogue was co-chaired by Professor Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Robert Danin, Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, and INSS’s Executive Director, Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin.

Cpl. Edward Chin of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment, covers the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein with an American flag before toppling it in downtown in Baghdad on Wednesday, April 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File

Analysis & Opinions - Sydney Morning Herald

The Monstrous Strategic Mistake That Took Us to War in Iraq

| Mar. 20, 2018

John Howard’s decision to commit thousands of Australian troops to the invasion of Iraq 15 years ago ranks as one of the two great failures of Australian foreign policy since the Second World War.

The other is Menzies’ decision to send forces to Vietnam. Both cases represented an abysmal failure of Australian political leadership, driven by an unnecessary capitulation to strategically foolhardy decisions by the US administrations of the time.

Both decisions were taken without independent Australian analysis of the legitimacy of American war aims, the credibility of American military strategy to both win the war and secure the peace, as well as the long-term consequences for Australian national interests.

Greater Boston - Nicholas Burns


Analysis & Opinions - WGBH

Former NATO Ambassador On Trump’s Relationship With Putin

| Mar. 20, 2018

Vladimir Putin took a step closer to president-for-life status this week in Russia, winning a fourth term as president with more than 76 percent of the vote and not a single meaningful challenger against him. Today, President Donald Trump — whose campaign is still being investigated for potential collusion with Russia — said he called Putin to congratulate him and plan for a meeting in the “not-too-distant future.” In the room during that phone call was Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who has been accused of war crimes in Yemen. Former U.S. ambassador to NATO, Nicholas Burns, also a former undersecretary of state, joined Jim Braude to discuss.

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Journal Article - H-Diplo

H-Diplo Article Review No. 750—'Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958'

  • Salim Yaqub
| Mar. 15, 2018

"Jeffrey Karam is to be commended for writing such a richly researched and cogently reasoned article, one that invites invigorating reexamination, by historians and political scientists alike, of a pivotal moment in modern Middle Eastern history."

Inside the Middle East Q&A

Inside the Middle East Q&A


Inside the Middle East Q&A: Bruce Rutherford on Democracy and Islamism in Egypt

Mar. 14, 2018

Dr. Bruce Rutherford, Associate Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, sits down with JMEPP Editor Elissa Miller to discuss political developments in Egypt since the 2011 revolution, including the current state of political Islam and prospects for democratic change in the country.

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)

(AP Photo)

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.

In this June 25, 2015 file photo, Iranian women mourn during the funeral ceremony of Ali Amraei and Hassan Ghaffari, who were killed in fighting against Islamic State extremists in Syria, in southern Tehran, Iran. The protests that broke out in late December 2017 across Iran predominantly involve economic issues, but demonstrators also say the government is sending its young men to fight and die in Syria and spending billions of dollars on the military when it should be focused on providing jobs in Iran.

(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Analysis & Opinions - The Jerusalem Post

Ex-Pentagon Official: Trump Failed to Prevent Iran's Entrenchment in Syria

  • Yonah Jeremy Bob
| Mar. 09, 2018

Regarding the inflammable mix in Syria of the Assad regime, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, Flournoy told  The Jerusalem Post in an interview that Trump has not shown up to counter Iran in Syria.