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>
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?
June 24, 2016
By Emile Simpson, Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy, International Security Program
"And the fight over Scotland's future will be no less vicious than the fight to come in England, now that the incoherence in the Leave campaign's vision has to be ironed out in the real world. Indeed, the Leave campaign's promises, light on fact, and heavy on fantasy, are inherently contradictory."
June 26, 2016
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
"Great Britain has now voted to leave the EU; Poland, Hungary, and Israel are heading in illiberal directions; and one of America's two major political parties is about to nominate a presidential candidate who openly disdains the tolerance that is central to a liberal society, repeatedly expresses racist beliefs and baseless conspiracy theories, and has even questioned the idea of an independent judiciary."
June 24, 2016
The Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog
By Amanda J. Rothschild, Research Fellow, International Security Program
"The large number of signatories on the dissenting memo is truly historic, but what's equally significant is that these diplomats have now joined a long line of government dissidents during cases of mass atrocity. These 51 names, as yet unknown, undoubtedly will someday rank alongside Henry Morgenthau Jr., Archer Blood and Marshall Harris, 20th century U.S. government officials who took a stand against U.S. policy in response to mass killings abroad."
June 21, 2016
By Mansoor Ahmed, Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
"In a complete volte-face the nuclear supplier states that created the NSG (then the London Group) in 1975 due to proliferation concerns raised by India's perfidy are contemplating its inclusion. Paradoxically, that sounds like a death knell of the NSG and the non-proliferation regime."
June 22, 2016
"The French Are Continually Surprised By What They Have Just Done — Raymond Aron, France's Leading Postwar Intellectual"
The World Post
By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program
"For years economists have urged on the French a greater flexibility in labor market legislation, which in shorthand means making it easier to hire and fire workers and thus get the economy going....The French authorities proceeded to ram the new law through the Assembly under the threat of a vote of no-confidence in the government...The French Left retaliated by launching a strike by garbagemen..."
June 22, 2016
The Huffington Post
By Andrew Gawthorpe, Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2015–2016
"Watching the rise of Donald Trump while peering nervously over the Atlantic to watch the EU referendum unfold in my homeland, it has been hard to escape the feeling that they represent two different versions of the same phenomenon. The Leavers may be more genteel than the Donald, but they spring from the same poisoned well. Whatever their claims to the contrary, they are selling the same politics of division and mendacity — just on different sides of the pond."