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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

In Iran’s elections, the hard-liners lost. What comes next?

| May 26, 2017

More than forty million Iranians surged to the polls and voted last Friday to choose their country’s future path: between one of engagement and diplomacy with the West and one based on a self-reliant economic populism. Although Iranians overwhelmingly chose the former option, the implications of these elections indicate that major battles over the fight for the next Supreme Leader and the political identity of the country loom on the horizon. In his latest article to the Washington Post, Payam Mohseni, Director of the Belfer Center's Iran Project, discusses the nature of the conservative campaign against President Hassan Rouhani and how, win or lose, it is the tenability and success of this conservative alliance that will significantly impact the future path that Iran takes—not simply the current re-election of Rouhani to the presidency.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters a cell as she visits the prison of the former East German Ministry for State Security (MfS), known as the Stasi, in Berlin's Hohenschoenhausen district Tuesday May 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)

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Analysis & Opinions - The Straits Times

Normal times must end for terror to be fought

| May 25, 2017

"What's needed to get out of terror attacks being normal? First, liberal societies may have to permit illiberal laws that hit suspected terrorists before they strike. Second, terror groups will learn to accept the military superiority of Western states, and their capacity for retaliation."

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

Interviewing Hillary at Harvard

| Summer 2017

On March 3, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Harvard University at the invitation of Professors Nicholas Burns (HKS), Robert Mnookin (HLS), and James Sebenius (HBS) in one of her first public engagements since last autumn.

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

Developing S&T Research in the Gulf States

A Belfer Center science and technology team traveled to Kuwait in March to take part in a collaborative workshop with the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Science (KFAS) on “Science and Technology in the GCC: Building Research Capacity and Vital Linkages.”

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Larry Summers: Trump’s budget is simply ludicrous

| May 23, 2017

"Apparently, the budget forecasts that U.S. economic growth will rise to 3.0 percent because of the administration’s policies — largely its tax cuts and perhaps also its regulatory policies.  Fair enough if you believe in tooth fairies and ludicrous supply-side economics."

Graduating cadets line up during a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Business Review

What I Learned from Transforming the U.S. Military’s Approach to Talent

| May 23, 2017

"When I took the oath of office, in February 2015, with two years left in the Obama administration, I made a specific commitment to ensure that the U.S. military continues to be a place where America’s finest want to serve. It was clear to me then that the Defense Department would need to keep pace with the dramatic changes — many of them technological — reshaping the economy, the labor market, and human resource management."

A man is arrested as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed in New Orleans

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

Cry the Divided Country

| May 22, 2017

Amid the controversy this past week surrounding the decision of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove Confederate monuments from the city, especially that of Robert E. Lee, taken down by men in bullet-proof vests and at night, I would like to offer a phrase from a speech I gave at Harvard University some years ago. The occasion was a Festschrift (memorial) for the late Professor Ernest May: "The South's war, brilliantly fought, was not only a lost cause. It was a bad cause."