July 29, 2015 – Nicholas Burns delivers testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C.


Why Congress Should Support the Iran Deal

July 14, 2015

During his Senate testimony last week, Nicholas Burns urged Congress to vote in favor of the Iran nuclear deal, saying "The United States must do whatever it takes to thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions and its determination to become the dominant military power in the region."

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"The Secret to America's Foreign-Policy Success (and Failure)"

By Stephen Walt, in Foreign Policy

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David Keith discusses solar radiation management on PBS Newshour.

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July 27, 2015

"The Secret to America's Foreign-Policy Success (and Failure)"

Foreign Policy

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

"In Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, and several other places, U.S. leaders failed to realize that there were limits to what U.S. power could accomplish and that military force is a crude instrument that inevitably produces unintended consequences. Defeating third-rate armies and toppling foreign leaders was easy, but conventional military superiority did not enable Washington to govern foreign societies wisely or defeat stubborn local insurgencies."



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July 27, 2015

"A Necessary Expiation"

The Huffington Post

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program

"What this contradiction about the battle flag represents to me is the white South's refusal, even today, to admit that its valiant defeat in the Civil War was also the defeat of a bad cause. Keeping millions of human beings in slave status was hardly a worthy cause to fight for."




July 23, 2015

"El Chapo's Escape from Prison: Good for Mexico?"

The National Interest

By Irina A. Chindea, Research Fellow, International Security Program

"By translating this unfortunate episode into significant changes in the way the current administration carries out its rule of law and security policies...the Mexican government can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat."




July 22, 2015

"Iran Nuclear Deal 101: Five Big Questions Answered"

Christian Science Monitor

By Francine Kiefer

President Obama’s top cabinet officials are on Capitol Hill this week, defending the Iran nuclear deal that was announced July 14. The deal, unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, has produced a blast wave of criticism from Republicans. Key Senate Democrats are also skeptical.




July 21 2015

"Crucial Weapons in the Defense of Ukraine"

Wall Street Journal

By Robert B. Zoellick, Non-resident Senior Fellow and Stephen Hadley

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an assault on the vision that emerged from the end of the Cold War of a Europe whole, free and at peace. For that vision to be realized, the war against Ukraine must end, and its government must be able to offer its people a secure, prosperous and democratic future. If Ukraine—a country of more than 40 million people—becomes a failed state, the turmoil will spill into the European Union and likely fuel future conflict between Russia and the trans-Atlantic community.



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The spring 2015 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
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  1. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
  2. Time for a U.S.-China Grand Bargain
  3. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy

"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

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