President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly on September 20, 2016 (UN Photo).


How to Fix the United Nations

September 27, 2016

With the emergence of new forces that threaten to pull the world apart, international institutions that bring the world together are more important than ever. The uncomfortable truth is these institutions have never been weaker, Kevin Rudd warns in Foreign PolicyMore ›

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Rudd: Reforming the UN More ›


Middle East Instability Benefits Israel

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Roman Harak

Friday, September 16, 2016

"North Korea’s 5th Nuclear Test – What now?"

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Associate, Managing the Atom Project

North Korea just heralded the 68th anniversary of its founding by conducting its fifth nuclear test. The initial seismic recordings were larger than previously recorded activity. This, coupled with other indicators, suggests that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons capability is accelerating.



Sandia Labs/DOE


"The Pressing Energy Innovation Challenge of the US National Laboratories"

Nature Energy, volume 1

By Laura Diaz Anadon, Associate, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Gabe Chan, Former Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, 2012–2015, Amitai Bin-Nun, Former Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, 2014–2016 and Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Science, Technology, and Pubic Policy Program

Accelerating the development and deployment of energy technologies is a pressing challenge. Doing so will require policy reform that improves the efficacy of public research organizations and strengthens the links between public and private innovators. With their US$14 billion annual budget and unique mandates, the US National Laboratories have the potential to critically advance energy innovation, yet reviews of their performance find several areas of weak organizational design. This article discusses the challenges the National Laboratories face in engaging the private sector, increasing their contributions to transformative research, and developing culture and management practices to better support innovation. The authors also offer recommendations for how policymakers can address these challenges.



Setember 13, 2016

"How Long Until Hackers Start Faking Leaked Documents?"

The Atlantic

By Bruce Schneier, Research Fellow, Cyber Security Project; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"It has long been easy to forge documents on the internet. It's easy to create new ones, and modify old ones. It's easy to change things like a document's creation date, or a photograph's location information. With a little more work, pdf files and images can be altered. These changes will be undetectable. In many ways, it's surprising that this kind of manipulation hasn’t been seen before."



AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

September 13, 2016

"Women Are Taught to Work Through Sickness and Pain"


By Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Although Jen Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s communications director, acknowledged that the campaign should have let the press know sooner that Secretary Clinton was fine, following her leaving the 9/11 memorial for health reasons on Sunday, working women have known for decades that even when you’re sick, you work. Mothers joke that they aren’t allowed to get sick, and advertisers rake in profits for cold and flu relievers that allow moms to go on doing their jobs. And women in the workplace, often judged for how strong or weak they are, regularly come to work even when they should be home in bed—even when society should allow for rest and recovery.

I learned this lesson early in life. During my early professional years, somehow my body knew it had to wait to get sick until it was time for annual leave. So I ended up spending my vacation time nursing bad sinus infections or flu, before flu shots. Later in my professional career, I simply learned to soldier on, no matter what.


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The summer 2016 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
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