October 03, 2015 – Afghan security forces take a wounded civilian to hospital after the Taliban attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (AP)


Is Kunduz the Beginning of the End for Afghanistan?

September 28, 2015

Kunduz is potentially a game-changer because it exposes the gap between the paper plan for the defense of Afghanistan and the reality on the ground.

In Politico, Emile Simpson writes that America's deadly hospital strike points out how hard it's going to be to keep control from the air.

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Congress Can Respond to Putin With More Sanctions

By Paula Dobriansky & David Rivkin in The Wall Street Journal

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Give Peace a Chance

Stephen Walt says we won't hear much about peace from presidential candidates.

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October 6, 2015

"China and the United States Extend Cooperation on Climate Change"

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

On September 25, 2015, Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Barack Obama of the United States reaffirmed their "shared conviction that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity and that their two countries have a critical role to play in addressing it." The Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change built upon that of November 12, 2014 and contains pledges to cooperate: 1) To produce an ambitious multilateral agreement at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015; 2) To advance respective domestic actions (detailed in the announcement) to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions; and 3) To enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation through forums other than the UNFCCC.



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October 6, 2015

"A Tax Boon for Working Women"

Wall Street Journal

By Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Jeb Bush’s tax-reform proposal ends the ‘marriage penalty’ by allowing spouses to file separately.

....The key to the Bush plan is to allow married couples to file separate returns when doing so is in their interest. In adopting this option, the United States would join most high-income countries that already have some form of separate income taxation for married couples.



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October 6, 2015

"How middle power Indonesia fits into a changing Asian order"

South China Morning Post

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Jakarta's calm acceptance of Japan's new military policy reveals a desire to keep its options open when it comes to regional rivalries, not least Sino-US relations



October 4, 2015

Harvard Project and Collaborators Publish Science Article on Future of the IPCC

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

The collaborators conducted a research workshop in February 2015, hosted by the Mercator Institute in Berlin, on approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed—with a focus on the social sciences (economics, political science, policy studies). The Science article captures some of the more important conclusions of this workshop.


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