Saudi Arabia and Sovereign Funds

April 25, 2015

As part of a major research project on sovereign funds, Khalid Alsweilem makes the case for establishing a rule-based fiscal framework that gives Saudi Arabia a more stable budget.

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Sovereign Fund Profiles

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Hack and Frack North Korea

Jieun Baek on how information campaigns can liberate the Hermit Kingdom.

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Is America Like Rome?

Given the gridlock in D.C., is America going the way of the Roman Empire?

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April 27, 2015

"Where Do We Draw the Line on Balancing China?"

Foreign Policy

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

"Compared with the need to maintain global economic growth or prevent irreversible and potentially catastrophic damage to the Earth's atmosphere, going to the brink over some piles of sand around Mischief Reef doesn't seem all that significant. It's a classic use of 'salami tactics,' where a revisionist power seeks to alter the status quo through a series of small steps, each of them seemingly innocuous but whose cumulative impact could be enormous."



April 25, 2015

"Fidel Castro at Harvard: How History Might Have Changed"

The Boston Globe

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

FIFTY-SIX YEARS ago today, in 1959, a 32-year-old victorious revolutionary named Fidel Castro arrived at Back Bay Station to face a raucous crowd of 5,000 Bostonians.

Graham Allison writes in the Boston Globe that Castro was headed to Harvard, his last stop on a 12-day trip along the East Coast....Castro’s visit aroused so much excitement that Harvard had no auditorium large enough to host his speech. So the Harvard football stadium was converted into an amphitheater.

"The social sciences rarely allow for controlled experiments where we can test initiatives for cause and effect," Allison writes. "But occasionally the world around us offers its own clues. Is it accidental that the two states that have persisted the longest as bastions of Stalinist authoritarianism are the two that the US has most harshly isolated and sanctioned: North Korea and Cuba?"



April 23, 2015

"The Real Lessons from the Meeting on the Elbe"

By Kevin Ryan, Director, Defense and Intelligence Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany and on the eve of the anniversary of the meeting of Soviet and American troops on the Elbe, the Carnegie Moscow Center organized a conference held April 23, 2015 in Moscow to discuss the experience of Russian-American alliance during the Second World War, as well as the experience of cooperation and rivalry after the end of the Cold War. The Elbe meeting took place on April 25, 1945.

Brigadier General (ret.) Kevin Ryan, director of the Belfer Center's Defense and Intelligence Projects and founder of The Elbe Group, spoke at the conference in Russian about the significance of the Elbe anniversary to U.S.-Russian relations today. His Russian remarks and English translation are available.



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April 23, 2015

"Italy’s Path to Gas Liberalisation"

Contemporary Italian Politics

By Morena Skalamera, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project


Existing studies show that, on average, national champions in energy-rich states tend to ‘stick around’ by maintaining strong links with their respective governments in the distribution of rents. Yet the foundations of preference formation—the particular role of national champions, their relationship to their respective governments and a limited number of third suppliers in that process—have neither been theorised nor investigated empirically in countries that are net importers of gas.



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The winter 2014 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
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  1. Is America Like Rome?
  2. Fidel Castro at Harvard: How History Might Have Changed
  3. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy

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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.

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