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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.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Power, Sex and Data: A Weekend of Issues in the Trump Presidency

| Mar. 19, 2018

And while all the political attention is on the McCabe firing (and the Mueller threats), and all the gossip is about the Stormy Daniels saga, it is actually the Facebook scandal that may be the biggest story. Simply put, Cambridge Analytica, which worked with the Trump campaign, is now known to have used the data of millions of Facebook users to target voters for fake news and Trump-related propaganda.

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Analysis & Opinions - PBS NEWSHOUR

Will Mike Pompeo Succeed Where Rex Tillerson Failed?

| Mar. 13, 2018

What was Rex Tillerson’s impact on the State Department and American diplomacy, and what will global ripple effects will his successor, current CIA director Mike Pompeo, face? Judy Woodruff gets reaction and analysis from Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, David Ignatius from The Washington Post and David Shedd, former acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks down a hallway after speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. President Donald Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Tillerson’s Departure Removes Another Check on an Impulsive Trump

| Mar. 13, 2018

The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners. So there was a sense of inevitability to President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he was dumping Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and installing Mike Pompeo, the man he wanted in that job back in November.

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Analysis & Opinions - Public Radio International

Tillerson Out, Pompeo In

| Mar. 13, 2018

From day one, Rex Tillerson was one of the most controversial choices for President Donald Trump's cabinet as secretary of state. On Tuesday, the White House announced it would be replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. What can we expect under Pompeo's leadership? The World's Marco Werman interviews Nick Burns, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and former ambassador to NATO, serving under George W. Bush.

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Rex Tillerson’s Last Act: Leave Quietly or Go Down Fighting

| Mar. 13, 2018

Like his predecessors in the Trump administration, Rex Tillerson faces a choice: He can end his rocky tenure by departing quietly or by stoking controversy, going along with the transition or salvaging his own reputation. The experience of Alexander M. Haig, President Ronald Reagan’s first secretary of state and the most recent to leave amid controversy, illustrates the importance of this decision.

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

I Knew the Cold War. This Is No Cold War.

| Mar. 12, 2018

None of this is to deny that U.S.-Russian relations are in a bad state. It is also hard to imagine someone as compromised as Donald Trump doing much to fix it. But instead of embracing the language and imagery of the Cold War, we would do better to think seriously about the missteps and blunders that have brought the United States and Russia to the present impasse, and look for creative new ways to unwind them.