Sep. 23, 2014 – The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile at IS group positions in Syria. (Eric Garst / US Navy)


The Case for a War Tax

October 17, 2014

Voting on a war tax would require Americans beyond the executive branch to make a clear-eyed assessment of whether military engagement is worth U.S. dollars—and U.S. lives. It’s win-win: A war tax would still finance American military engagements, while also providing public affirmation for the decision to go to war.

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October 16, 2014

Challenges China faces for its future

By Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

China's political, economic and foreign policy over the next decade is not only fundamental to the country itself, but also to the wider Asia-Pacific region and – increasingly -- the world beyond.




October 14, 2014

"As a Political Schmoozer, Not Good; As a Military Commander, Not Bad"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"...[F]aced with the sudden ISIS capture of Mosul and its threatening march toward Baghdad, President Obama acted swiftly and decisively, assembly a coalition of moderate Sunni states against Isis and naming a respected ex-military officer, Gen. John Allen, to oversee the campaign. Much of Obama's legacy as a President will depend on the outcome of this war against ISIS."




October 13, 2014

"Much Ado About the Islamic State"

Foreign Policy

By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

"Absent effective political institutions, efforts to move from authoritarian to more participatory forms of government tend to provoke bitter quarrels between previously advantaged groups and those who have been excluded from wealth or power. In a world where most states are in fact multiethnic or multinational, democratization was bound to provoke greater internal conflicts, at least in the short term."



Martha Stewart

October 10, 2014

Calestous Juma Honored with Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize

On Friday, October 10, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development and director of the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, was awarded the coveted Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) during a ceremony in the Akwa Ibom State in Uyo, Nigeria.



Associated Press

October 10, 2014

"Can Iran and the United States Make a Meaningful Deal?"

By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

It appears increasingly likely there will not be a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the late-November deadline, says nuclear expert Gary Samore. Washington and Tehran, he says, remain too far apart on how large Iran's enrichment program should be, but they are interested in working out an extension of talks.



Cristina Fletes-Boutte

October 9, 2014

Ferguson, Human Rights and America's Interests Abroad


By Moshik Temkin, Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

For many Americans, the recent events in Ferguson raised disturbing questions. But not all Americans were equally disturbed, or disturbed by the same things. Surveys and polls conducted since Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, reveal a stark divide between whites and blacks. Whereas a clear majority of African-Americans consider the conduct of the police outrageous and typical, most white Americans were far more critical of the disorder that followed Brown’s death. Fox News and its ilk dwelled on “looters” rather than on the sources of African-American alienation. Americans seem to be stuck in an endless repetition of 1968, the year that many African-American communities erupted in anger after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., and many white Americans responded fearfully to that anger and protest by voting for Richard Nixon.



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<em>International Security</em>

The Summer 2014 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available!

  1. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
  2. Targeting Top Terrorists: How Leadership Decapitation Contributes to Counterterrorism
  3. Plutonium Mountain: Inside the 17-Year Mission to Secure a Legacy of Soviet Nuclear Testing

"The closer we get to the end game, the more incentive he has to stretch it out."

Gary Samore, on the delayed disarmament process in Syria

The Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International affairs has been ranked the world's top University Affiliated Think Tank for 2014.

The annual ranking were issued by University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. More Info ›