New Journal Article
"Open Arms Behind Barred Doors: Fear, Hypocrisy and Policy Schizophrenia in the European Migration Crisis" by ISP Research Fellow Kelly M. Greenhill in the European Law Journal (May 2016).
Read the abstract here>
July 20, 2016
By Dan Altman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Conquest is a regular feature of war. But it is generally accepted that globalization and growing economic interconnectedness has stitched the world together in such a way that fighting each other for land is no longer pragmatic. Then in 2014, Russia stunned the world by annexing Crimea...."
July 20, 2016
Boston Globe Magazine
By Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
"The system favors negligent behavior because it provides no incentive to change and no penalties for making the same mistakes over and over. Not only is this a waste of taxpayer money, it is also fundamentally inconsistent with the goal of building a resilient society that must have the capacity to learn from the past."
July 16, 2016
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"But the statistical approach utterly misses the point. The essence of terrorism is that it is not just any sort of crime. It is a crime against the very fabric of the state, as the timing of the attack on Bastille Day was perhaps intended to emphasize."
July 15, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"Nothing even remotely like the Chilcot Report was produced here in the United States. Nobody in power wanted an official inquiry into the ways that the Iraq war was conceived and sold to the American people, and the blunders that were made along the way."
July 14, 2016
The National Interest
By Daniel Sobelman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
"Both parties have learned to adopt a strategy of deterrence that meets the theoretical prerequisites of deterrence as laid out in the literature. In fact, both have come to describe the conflict as being governed by mutual deterrence."
July 11, 2016
The World Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"Barack Obama has an elegance of speech which takes us back to FDR and JFK. But unlike LBJ, who was rather repugnant to Eastern Seaboard eyes and ears, he doesn't know how to move in the distinctly American legislative arena."
June 28, 2016
War on the Rocks
Given increases in the ability and willingness of various actors to target a nation's critical infrastructure, David Gompert and Hans Binnendijk have argued that the United States should use cyber operations to "amp up the power to coerce." This is a reasonable objective, but it ignores the conventional wisdom about cyber coercion that says it doesn't work. A major component of successful coercion is detailing the pain your enemy may endure. Communicating that capability in the cyber realm is likely to induce your enemy to "patch" the vulnerability you were hoping to exploit. How can actors ever coerce targets with cyber weapons if threatening them effectively neutralizes their utility?