Kodjo Afate Gnikou, an inventor from Togo in West Africa, with the 3D printer he constructed from scrounged e-waste. (www.ulule.com/wafate)


Africa’s Rise:
Beyond Raw Materials

October 31, 2014

Africa's desire to become a knowledge-based economy is within reach. But it is not being helped by economic policies that emphasise raw materials instead of building versatile technological capabilities.

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October 28, 2014

"The Return of Volatility Is Mainly About Monetary Policy"

Wall Street Journal

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

Four weeks ago I was in London at a conference organized by one of the biggest U.S. banks. The program included a session with the dread title, “2014, The Death of Volatility?” As it followed a rash of similar presentations and articles this year—“The Strange Death of Volatility,” “The Day Volatility Died” and the like—I knew from experience that a spike in volatility was imminent. And sure enough, since the end of last month, financial markets around the world have gone from gliding up an escalator to riding a bucking bronco.



October 27, 2014

"Hitting the Sweet Spot: How Many Iranian Centrifuges?"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"Tehran has made it clear that its goal is to have industrial-scale enrichment. But while fixing a clear and concrete goal, Khamenei's speech also gave a lot of room for his negotiating team to maneuver. This part of the speech was lost in translation in the United States."



Photo by Kenny Holston/Getty

October 27, 2014

"Defeating ISIS: With Whose Boots on the Ground?"

The Atlantic

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

President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS has become the target of heated criticism, not only from partisan opponents but from many of his supporters as well. Categorically ruling out American boots on the ground, while subcontracting the bloody job of house-to-house fighting to the Iraqi military, Free Syrian Army, and Kurdish Peshmerga, can only assure failure, critics argue.

These assessments fall into a familiar trap: assuming that what has been announced is the sum of the matter. Especially for admirers of the diplomatic sleights of hand practiced by Henry Kissinger or Jim Baker, neglecting the obvious when assessing the current strategy is unfair.



W. Lloyd MacKenzie

October 24, 2014

"Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper"

Foreign Policy

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

"And then a lone gunman opens fire in Canada. Even when the loss of life or damage is small — thankfully — each new terrorist incident tends to magnify public concern and is used to justify increasingly stringent counterterrorism measures."



October 22, 2014

"It Will Take More Than Natural Resources for Africa to Rise"


By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa

"Africa's desire to become a knowledge-based economy is within reach. But it is not being helped by economic policies that emphasise raw materials instead of building versatile technological capabilities that can drive industrial diversification."



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  1. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
  2. Defeating ISIS: With Whose Boots on the Ground?
  3. Defining NATO's Purpose
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