A tea-plucker picking leaves on a Fairtrade tea estate. (Simon Rawles)


Unlocking Africa’s Agribusiness Promise

August 24, 2015

The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a $1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, Calestous Juma argues that the continent must review its incentive structures.

In a new op-ed, Juma outlines the impact of Africa's small agribusiness enterprises, what China did for these small businesses, and the way forward.

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'Chimerica' and the Rule of the Central Bankers

By Niall Ferguson, in The Wall Street Journal

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August 26, 2015

Harvard Project Co-organizes Workshop with Beijing Research Institute

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements co-organized a workshop on China-U.S. collaboration on climate-change policy on June 25–26, 2015 in Beijing. The workshop was hosted and co-organized by the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation.




August 24, 2015

"Why Those Secret Iran Side Deals Matter"

Real Clear Politics

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Judith Miller

It is past time to disclose and explain Iran’s secret deals with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Although the White House has downplayed the importance of these arrangements, calling them “side deals,” they raise questions that go to the heart of President Obama’s claim that the agreement the six leading powers struck with Iran will deny it a bomb for at least 10 to15 years. These “side” understandings are crucial to evaluating the potential effectiveness of the July agreement, although Secretary of State John Kerry claims not to have read them. A draft of one of them has leaked to the Associated Press, but it raises more questions than it answers.



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August 23, 2015

The Fed Looks Set to Make a Dangerous Mistake

Financial Times

By Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor

Will the Federal Reserve’s September meeting see US interest rates go up for the first time since 2006? Officials have held out the prospect that it might, and have suggested that — barring major unforeseen developments — rates will probably be increased by the end of the year. Conditions could change, and the Fed has been careful to avoid outright commitments. But a reasonable assessment of current conditions suggest that raising rates in the near future would be a serious error that would threaten all three of the Fed’s major objectives — price stability, full employment and financial stability.



August 21, 2015

We asked Robert Zoellick: What Should Be the Purpose of American Power?

The National Interest

By Robert B. Zoellick, Non-resident Senior Fellow

My first professor of diplomatic history directed the class to study the back of the one-dollar bill. His aim was not to suggest the commercial motivations of American foreign policy, but instead to help us find the Great Seal of the United States, which is conveniently printed on the back of the dollar.


<em>International Security</em>

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

  1. The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Definitive Guide
  2. Bad Debts: Assessing China's Financial Influence in Great Power Politics
  3. Putin's Choice for Russia
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