2016–2017 ISP Research Fellows & Associates
The International Security Program welcomes its new and returning research fellows and associates for 2016–2017.
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August 26, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"All of which reminds us that we must be — yes, my favorite word — realistic about the ability of complex societies to change their spots overnight. That fact can be reassuring in some circumstances, insofar as it helps insulate successful policies from opponents who mistakenly want to overturn them. But it also means that policies that have simply outlived their usefulness can be as hard to eradicate as kudzu. The next time you find yourself thinking some charismatic new leader is going to sweep into office and fix everything: think again."
August 29, 2016
The New York Times
Professors Fredrik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood discuss how the public's love for political stories belies a crisis in the profession as fewer universites make space for American political history as a field of study.
August 23, 2016
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"...[T]he truth is that showing up is the easy part. Making government work when people need it is the real challenge."
August 23, 2016
By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program
"Israel must continue building an effective offensive response. Victory and military decision are only achieved through offense, not restraint and defense. The Hezbollah threat has, however, been with us for a long period and will unfortunately remain with us for many years to come. A war postponed may be a costly war, but it may also be a war that never breaks out. In this case, an effective offensive response may be even more costly than the threat itself, and we should thus seek to postpone resort to it for as long as possible."
August 10, 2016
By Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"It is reasonable to assume that, faced with vocal Scottish opposition to Trident—the Scottish National Party voted overwhelmingly not to renew it last month—if Scotland gains independence, policy-makers in Washington will soon start looking for alliances elsewhere in Europe with more stable and certain futures. Norway would seem to be an increasingly attractive alternative: it has similar seaports to the UK, is strategically placed for controlling sea-lanes with Russia, has well-respected intelligence services (which are not undergoing public censure in the way Britain's are after Chilcot), and it also has strategic access to Europe in a way that is an unknown quantity for Britain at present."
August 8, 2016
The Huffington Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"What Trump did, as the possessor of five deferments, was to denigrate an American immigrant family, the head of whom had spoken out against Trump at the Democratic National Convention in July."
August 4, 2016
By Joseph S. Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
"The geopolitical consequences of Brexit may not appear immediately. The EU might temporarily pull together, but there will be damage to its sense of mission and to Europe's soft power of attraction. Problems of financial stability and dealing with immigration may become harder to manage. Britain might see not only a revival of Scottish separatism, but an acceleration of its inward turning trends of recent years. And over the longer run, the effects on the global balance of power and the liberal international order will be negative."