July 7, 2015 – An EU flag waves in front of the ancient temple of Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece. (AFP PHOTO /ARIS MESSINIS)


Greece's Debt Crisis

May 22, 2015

The new source of market contagion? Nicholas Burns and Lawrence Summers weigh in on Greece and the eurozone at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Watch Here

Nicholas Burns talks about the Greek debt crisis and the possible impact of a Greek exit on the eurozone on "Bloomberg Markets." Watch Here

Niall Ferguson: "The nasty Greek outcomes that democracy precludes" Read Here


"Assessing an Iran Deal: 5 Big Lessons from History"

By Graham Allison, in The National Interest

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China Is Not More Economically Powerful Than the U.S.

By Joseph Nye, in The Huffington Post

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July 4, 2015

"Egypt, ISIS, Elvis and other inspirations"

Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The common relevant element here to our troubled Arab condition is that individual human beings have always struggled, and often died, for the freedom and the right to be themselves, to achieve their full personal and civic potentials. This universal quest for personal liberty is not absolute, but ideally is defined within a constitutional framework of order and the rule of law that protects the equal rights of all citizens."



U.S. Embassy The Hague

July 2, 2015

"The US should lead change with China: Robert Zoellick"

Australian Financial Review

By Robert B. Zoellick, Non-resident Senior Fellow

China's growth since the reforms of Deng Xiaoping has been incredible, writes Robert B. Zoellick in Australia's Financial Review. "Yet the internal challenges of the transformation remain tremendous, as President Xi Jinping's new structural reforms and push to revitalise the Communist Party have highlighted."



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July 1, 2015

"The issues this week's terror menu raises"

Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The most dangerous and troubling among the terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, France, Egypt and Yemen in the past week are probably the Kuwait and Egypt attacks. The bombing of a major Shiite mosque in Kuwait City by a young Saudi man and the assassination in Cairo of the Egyptian public prosecutor show the ease with which ordinary citizens in those countries can move about, cross borders, and kill at will. They also affirm that heavy security and spreading the wealth by munificent governments are unlikely to check the spread of this terrible new scourge of violence by “Islamic State” and others."




Monday, June 29, 2015

"Saudi Arabia is preparing itself in case Iran develops nuclear weapons"

By Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As the June 30 deadline approaches for the P5+1 - a group of nations including the US, Russia and China - and Iran to complete a nuclear agreement, all signs seem to be pointing to the fact that Britain alongside the US and France seem to be caving in on some of their long-standing central demands. Foremost among these is that Iran must be transparent about the “possible military dimensions” (PMDs) of its nuclear program.



Department of State

June 24, 2015

"Ex-Advisers Warn Obama That Iran Nuclear Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of Standards"

The New York Times

By David E. Sanger, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Five former members of President Obama’s inner circle of Iran advisers have written an open letter expressing concern that a pending accord to stem Iran’s nuclear program “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement” and laying out a series of minimum requirements that Iran must agree to in coming days for them to support a final deal.



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<em>International Security</em>

The spring 2015 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available!

  1. The Next Great Emerging Market?
  2. Avoiding Thucydides’s Trap
  3. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy

"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 ›