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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."

Sharing Expertise: Belfer Center research fellows share career tips and advice with Kennedy School students att a networking event in March.

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

Students Receive Career and Research Advice at Center’s First Speed-Networking Event

For two hours on a March afternoon, Harvard Kennedy School’s Bell Hall buzzed as Kennedy School students huddled for 15-minute one-on-one sessions with Belfer Center fellows and project directors to get career advice and to ask questions about the others’ career trajectories, research, and methods.

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

International Council Debates Critical Global Issues

A lively discussion of “Russiagate” at the JFK Jr. Forum on Tuesday, May 2, launched the 2017 annual meeting of the Belfer Center International Council . 

- 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.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN.com

We Want Our Kids to Be Fearless. Then This Happens

| May 23, 2017

"No parent is thinking about raising fearless kids right now. Their kids will be tied to them by their metaphoric leashes for the foreseeable future. That's the real power of this attack: not only are the victims so particularly undeserving, they are also among the most vulnerable in the immediate aftermath when terror like this strikes."