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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.

Trump anti-Muslim travel ban supporters

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Five Ways Donald Trump Is Wrong About Islam

| Feb. 17, 2017

"But to believe that ragtag radicals like al Qaeda or the Islamic State constitute a threat on a par with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, or some of the serious opponents the United States has faced in the past is silly. Frankly, it makes me question the guts, steadiness, and judgment of some of our present leaders, if they are so easily spooked by such weak adversaries. Let's hope these fraidy-cats never have to deal with a truly formidable foe."

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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.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference about a federal appeals court's refusal to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Seattle. The ruling dealt another legal setback to the new administration's immigration policy. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Trump needs to pick fights he can win

| Feb. 13, 2017

Unfortunately for Donald Trump, “I Fought the Law” was last week’s theme tune. On Thursday, the federal Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit ruled against his administration’s executive order banning refugees, immigrants, and visitors from seven mostly Muslim countries. As a result, the executive order is a dead letter, pending further litigation or a complete rewrite by Team Trump.

Israeli Settlements

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Analysis & Opinions - Council on Foreign Relations

President Trump’s Settlement Policy Breaks Ground

| Feb. 06, 2017

For the first dozen days of the Trump administration, it seemed to Israelis that they had a free hand to settle the West Bank. Israel announced its intention to build thousands of new houses, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the Knesset and declared that Israel would establish its first new settlement in decades. Washington said nothing. Then, last Thursday night, the White House press secretary issued a statement that caught many in Washington—and Israel—off guard.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 from a trip to Florida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Dr. Donald and Mr. Trump

| Feb. 06, 2017

The most disorientating thing is that, just as you are all set to loathe something the president has done, he turns around and does something you rather like. The Trump presidency seems set to reenact this “Jekyll and Hyde” routine on a weekly basis.