An MH-60S Sea Hawk delivers supplies to the flight deck of the USS San Antonio during a replenishment-at-sea. (U.S. Navy)


What is the Purpose of American Power?

August 24, 2015

The National Interest asked twenty-five of the world’s leading experts, including Belfer Center's Joseph Nye and Graham Allison, for their answers on what the purpose of American power should be.

According to Nye, "military force will remain a crucial component of American power, but it is not sufficient." More ›

Whereas Allison said that the primary purpose should be to "preserve the U.S. as a free nation with our fundamental institutions and values intact." More ›


Market Forces Can't Fix Methane-Gas Emissions

By Henry Lee, in The National Interest

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Putin's Choice for Russia

By Stephen Covington, foreword by Kevin Ryan

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August 21, 2015

"So Wrong for So Long"

Foreign Policy

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

"...[T]he real problem is that the neoconservative worldview — one that still informs the thinking of many of the groups and individuals who are most vocal in opposing the Iran deal — is fundamentally flawed. Getting Iraq wrong wasn't just an unfortunate miscalculation, it happened because their theories of world politics were dubious and their understanding of how the world works was goofy."



August 20, 2015

China's Uranium Enrichment Capacity: Rapid Expansion to Meet Commercial Needs

By Hui Zhang, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Based on satellite imagery, Chinese publications, and discussions with Chinese experts, this report suggests that China already has much more civilian enrichment capacity than previously thought, and even more is on the way.



August 20, 2015

"Dreams from a Deal with Iran"

The National Interest

By Shai Feldman, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Ariel Levite

The other night we had a dream. We dreamed that the negotiations with Iran had produced a comprehensive agreement that not only credibly contained the country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons forever but also effectively checked its regional ambitions.



August 11, 2015

"How Classified Emails are Classified"

By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy

On this week's episode of "Security Mom," Juliette Kayyem takes a look at how classified information works.



Secretary of Defense

August 14, 2015

"Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Why the United States should back Islam's reformation"

Dallas Morning News

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project

We have a problem — not a problem from hell, but one that claims to come from heaven. That problem is sometimes called radical, or fundamentalist, Islam, and the self-styled Islamic State is just its latest iteration. But no one really understands it.

In the summer of 2014, Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, the commander of U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, admitted as much when talking about the Islamic State. “We do not understand the movement,” he said. “And until we do, we are not going to defeat it.”


<em>International Security</em>

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

  1. Putin's Choice for Russia
  2. The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Definitive Guide
  3. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy

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