Belfer Center Regions en Former Diplomats Discuss Global Refugee Crisis <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 23, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/2.22.18Miliband_Burns082.jpg?itok=3MO2oCoF" width="200" height="120" alt="David Miliband and Nick Burns" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>David W. Miliband, president and CEO of the International Refugee Committee, discussed the global refugee crisis with Kennedy School professor Nicholas Burns at an Institute of Politics event Thursday evening.</p> <p>At the event, entitled “The Refugee Crisis and What Can Be Done About It,” Miliband and Burns, who served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs during the Bush administration, discussed ongoing humanitarian challenges in Syria, connecting the issue to a broader “forgotten crisis” of global population displacement.</p> Belfer Center Nick Burns: Trump is Not Protecting us from Russian Meddling <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 20, 2018</time> <p>Nicholas Burns, the former US Ambassador to NATO, says President Trump is in denial and he is not protecting Americans from the vast Russian conspiracy to undermine Americans elections and democracy.</p> Belfer Center America's IR Schools Are Broken <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 20, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/harvard_university_massachusetts_hall.jpg?itok=wzyek5Sj" width="200" height="120" alt="Massachusetts Hall, Harvard University" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>"One obvious problem is that the conduct of 'international affairs' is not really a professional vocation, but rather a political one. Influential foreign-policy leaders are not chosen strictly for their expertise but also for their ideological convictions, reputations, personal connections, and political loyalty."</p> Belfer Center In Munich, Russian Ambassador Won't Answer Meddling Question <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 19, 2018</time> <p>Amb. Nicholas Burns challenged Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the 2016 election meddling at the Munich Security Conference and Kislyak refused to answer. Amb. Burns, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, and David Ignatius discuss that interaction and its significance.</p> Belfer Center 'I'm So Sick of This' — Another Deadly School Shooting <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 15, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/AP_18047025406062.jpg?itok=V74fZJ_x" width="200" height="120" alt="People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. February 15, 2018 (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press). Keywords: Parkland, school shooting" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>"No other nation suffers as we do because of school shootings; no other nation except ours has these kinds of mass murders; no other nation, with polling showing tremendous support for gun control laws, ignores popular sentiment so successfully at the behest of special interests, like the National Rifle Association — the NRA. No other nation fails its children so spectacularly."</p> Belfer Center Four Steps to Fight Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 14, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/AP_18047589483161.jpg?itok=0E-1C79Z" width="200" height="120" alt="Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom head Alexei Miller at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. February 16, 2018 (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via Associated Press). Keywords: Vladimir Putin" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Election systems differ from state to state and precinct to precinct, but many still have security vulnerabilities that foreign actors — not just the Russians — can exploit. The U.S. government must act to improve security and assure Americans that their votes count.</p> Belfer Center We Need to Hack-Proof Our Elections. An Old Technology Can Help. <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 14, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/AP_17311551429045.jpg?itok=Vtcb0G8v" width="200" height="120" alt="A voter casts his ballot into an electronic voting machine at a polling station located in the Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati. November 7, 2017 (John Minchillo/Associated Press). Keywords: electronic voting machine, Cincinnati" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Time is running out. Lawmakers need to act immediately if we are to protect the 2018 and 2020 elections.</p> Belfer Center Recognizing the Limitations of American Influence in Iran <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 14, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/Former_US_Embassy_Tehran_Iran.jpg?itok=2T85UYor" width="200" height="120" alt="Iran US America Flag" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>It is time for a reality check: despite claims to the contrary by Iran’s supreme leader, the United States is not the central actor in the drama that recently unfolded in Iran, nor was it the central actor in Egypt back in 2011. The mass protests that forced the Egyptian dictator from power were driven by the Egyptian public’s growing disenchantment with decades of political, economic and social mismanagement by a succession of military rulers. Contemporary observers noted with surprise the absence of references to the United States or other foreign-policy considerations during the protests. The demonstrators’ recurrent chant—“bread, freedom, social justice and human dignity”—encapsulated the domestic motivations behind the public’s mobilization.</p> Belfer Center The World After Trump <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 13, 2018</time> <p>The warnings started long before Donald Trump was even a presidential candidate. For at least a decade, a growing chorus of foreign policy experts had been pointing to signs that the international order was coming apart. Authoritarian powers were flouting long-accepted rules. Failed states were radiating threats. Economies were being disrupted by technology and globalization; political systems, by populism. Meanwhile, the gap in power and influence between the United States—the leader and guarantor of the existing order—and the rest of the world was closing.</p> Belfer Center Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 12, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/wind%20and%20sun.jpg?itok=XC5xwulD" width="200" height="120" alt="Solar panel field and wind turbines" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. Highlighting the important conceptual and empirical themes, the chapters study all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in a changing political and economic environment.</p> Belfer Center If Contacts Between U.S. and Russian Intelligence Are Cut, We Should All Be Fired — CIA Veteran <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 12, 2018</time> <p>Sophie Shevardnadze of RT interviews Rolf Mowatt-Larssen on the dangers of politicizing intelligence.</p> Belfer Center The Machines Ate My Homework <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 12, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/AP_17303436168980.jpg?itok=KnI3kjeU" width="200" height="120" alt="Staff members of Hanson Robotics control their company&#039;s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. September 28, 2017 (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)." typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Are we living through the re-mystification of the world?</p> <p>Much that goes on around us is baffling these days. Financial market movements, for example, seem increasingly mysterious. Why, after close to a decade of sustained recovery from the nadir of early 2009, did global stock markets sell off so sharply this month?</p> Belfer Center Trump's Nuclear Review Could Trigger a Chain Reaction in Asia <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 8, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/mattis-npr-hearing-feb-6-2018.jpg?itok=Hjh_14E-" width="200" height="120" alt="Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes his seat for a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>"Just as U.S. nuclear strategy and arsenal expansions affect those of China, China's nuclear shifts affect India's threat perceptions. Pakistan, in turn, pays close attention to any growth in Indian nuclear forces. To avoid a nuclear chain reaction in Asia, Congress should take a stand against proliferation and refuse to fund these new weapons programs."</p> Belfer Center Trump, Nunes and the Politicisation of Intelligence <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 7, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/nunes-staircase-feb-5-2018.jpg?itok=HhSDfoWU" width="200" height="120" alt="Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., arrives for  a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Even taken on its own terms, the Nunes memo does nothing that Trump claims. But it does show us something—with deep ramifications for the intelligence community, the Russia investigation and maybe even the presidency</p> Belfer Center Donald Trump and the Decline of US Soft Power <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 6, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/uk-anti-trump-protest-jan-2017.jpg?itok=zfKkSQjn" width="200" height="120" alt="Demonstrators hold banners during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump&#039;s controversial travel ban on refugees and people from 7 mainly-Muslim countries, in Oxford, England" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>How a government behaves at home, in international institutions, and in foreign policy can affect others by the influence of its example. In all of these areas, Trump has reversed attractive American policies.</p> Belfer Center Viewing The Important Interplay Of Foreign Policy, Energy Markets <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 6, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/Windfall%20Book%20Cover%20Front_0.jpg?itok=fezNqduy" width="200" height="120" alt="Windfall, by Meghan O&#039;Sullivan" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Energy and foreign policy expert Meghan O’Sullivan addresses the recent Hart Energy Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference in Pittsburgh. </p> Belfer Center The World Doesn't Need Any More Nuclear Strategies <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 6, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/erhart-npr-feb-2-2018.jpg?itok=A8rdGeVO" width="200" height="120" alt="Steve Erhart answers a question during a news conference on the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>"In short, the Posture Review is recommending not just the prudent preservation of an effective deterrent; it also wants the American taxpayer to pay for a lot of expensive new ways to use a nuclear bomb. Not because its authors want to fight a nuclear war, mind you, but because they believe having this capability will make their country more secure."</p> Belfer Center Wells Fargo’s Board Members are Getting Off Too Easy <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 6, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/AP_17223616996382.jpg?itok=sypjzPc0" width="200" height="120" alt="Exterior of a Wells Fargo bank location in Philadelphia on Friday, August 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>A question I am asked as frequently as any other is: “Why didn’t anyone go to jail for the financial crisis?” There was huge suffering, sufficient misbehavior that the largest banks had to pay well over $100 billion in fines, and in the past, people had gone to jail for financial shenanigans during the Depression and the S&amp;L crisis. People are usually indignant as they ask the question.</p> Belfer Center Has Israel Grown Too Dependent on the United States? <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 5, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/netanyahu-us-public-support.jpg?itok=iaNjoguu" width="200" height="120" alt="Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference in Jerusalem" typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Cracks are increasingly discernible in the famous "special relationship." Can they be repaired? If not, could Israel's national security survive the loss of American military aid?</p> Belfer Center Trump 2020? Possible, But Through Path of Potholes <time datetime="00Z" class="datetime">Feb 5, 2018</time> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/images/publication/feature/AP_18031637404068_0.jpg?itok=B-gVX_8M" width="200" height="120" alt="President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. January 30, 2018 (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)." typeof="Image" class="image-style-thumbnail" /> <p>Two forces are now at work, both of which hurt the Democrats. The first is the slow, far-from-steady but nevertheless perceptible stabilization of Trump’s administration as chief of staff John Kelly has tightened his grip on the post-Bannon White House. The second is the economy. The employment report last week seemed to vindicate Trump’s tub-thumping: Not only were 200,000 new jobs created in January, but average hourly wages were 2.9 percent higher than a year before, the strongest number since the financial crisis struck in 2009.</p> Belfer Center