2015 Summer Newsletter

May 22, 2015

This issue features Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal, a booklet with facts, pros, and cons developed by 12 Center experts and edited by Executive Director Gary Samore.

We also highlight the American Secretaries of State Project, an exciting initiative that will interview all living secretaries of state about their experiences and insights about great power diplomacy.

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Where Should Nuclear Waste Be Dumped?

Community consent is essential when debating where to place nuclear waste.

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May 27, 2015

2015 Loyola University Commencement Address

By Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

This May 16, Professor Nicholas Burns gave the Commencement Address to the Class of 2015 at Loyola University. Echoing David Brooks' sentiments in his latest book, The Road to Character, Professor Burns reminded them to pursue and practice their "eulogy virtues" as well as their "resume virtues."



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May 26, 2015

"How to Know if Iran Breaks its Word: Financial Monitoring"

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Aaron Arnold, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom and Nikos Passas

In this new oped for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, MTA Associate Aaron Arnold and colleague Nikos Passas consider the role of banks in monitoring and verifying proliferation-related transactions. He outlines steps that the P5+1 and Iran can take in a final agreement that will allow them to remain vigilant about proliferation financing.



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May 22, 2015

"A Nuclear Nightmare Averted"

The Atlantic

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

"This week, with little fanfare, one of the world’s key restraints on the spread of nuclear weapons came under scrutiny, as a month-long review of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) concluded at the United Nations," writes Graham Allison. "Negotiated over the 1960s, the NPT was signed in 1968 and became international law in 1970. As specified by the treaty, members hold a conference every five years to assess the agreement. The exercise offers insight into our nuclear age, and perspective ahead of the coming debate over a treaty to constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions."



May 20, 2015

"Don't Weaken Our Defenses Against Nuclear Smuggling"

The Hill

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Nickolas Roth, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

William H. TobeyMatthew Bunn, and Nickolas Roth oppose proposed legislation that would prohibit funding for fixed radiation detectors to catch nuclear smugglers. They argue for a balanced program to defeat nuclear smuggling that includes strong security, effective law enforcement and intelligence work, and interdiction efforts and border controls backed by both fixed and mobile radiation detectors.



May 19, 2015

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Osborne

Project Syndicate

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

CAMBRIDGE – “If the facts change,” John Maynard Keynes is supposed to have said, “I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?” It is a question his latter-day disciples should be asking themselves now.



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The spring 2015 issue of the quarterly journal International Security
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  1. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy
  2. Why the United States and China Are on a Collision Course
  3. How to Manage Saudi Anger at the Iran Nuclear Deal
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