Sep. 29, 2014 – Black flags used by the Islamic State group are seen over their combat positions north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)


Is U.S. on the ISIS Hit List?

September 29, 2014

ISIS is unusual among terrorist groups in its explicit articulation of ambitions, agenda, priorities, and strategy. In analyzing ISIS actions, Graham Allison writes, "one finds a high level of alignment between what they say and what they do."

To whom does ISIS pose the most imminent and even existential threat?

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India's Nuclear Energy Policy and Climate Change

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September 26, 2014

"The manual that chillingly foreshadows the Islamic State"

Washington Post

By David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.” But people looking for insight into the extremist strategy that inflames the fighters of the Islamic State might begin with a book chillingly titled “The Management of Savagery.”



September 26, 2014

Four Key Observations About The Campaign Against ISIL

Just Security

By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

After the United States and a five-member Arab coalition launched the first strikes against ISIL, I’d like to offer four preliminary observations:



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September 23, 2014

"Can Nuclear Talks Overcome Arak?"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

The nuclear program is naturally an important area where Tehran wants to become self-reliant. This is certainly driven by pride and revolutionary ideals, but also by concerns stemming from the country's experience of being denied fuel and technology in the past.



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September 23, 2014

"UN Summit Can Accelerate Momentum to a New Approach to Climate Change"

Boston Globe

By Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"The goal now before negotiators is to produce a new international agreement — under the Durban Platform — in Paris in 2015, for implementation in 2020, as a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. This presents the greatest opportunity the world has had in 20 years to make meaningful progress on this exceptionally challenging issue. The UN summit in New York can accelerate the momentum toward such a new, path-breaking approach."



September 22, 2014

"A Generational Challenge"

American Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"ISIS is the immediate threat and must be dealt with effectively, but we should view our efforts to deal with it as part of a much broader and multi-dimensional effort."



September 21, 2014

"Scotland’s No echoes Europe’s Yes to grand coalitions"

Financial Times

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The union is saved. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s nationalist first minister, has resigned. All the ink spilled on the benefits and costs of an independent Scotland can be consigned to counterfactual history. The only pressing question is the significance – and consequences – of the No vote.



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"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