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Chinese Nuclear Modernization: Assuring a limited but reliable counterattack capability

By Hui Zhang Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Since the New START Treaty entered into force on Feb. 5, 2011, concerns have grown about Chinese nuclear modernization. … Continue reading >

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Regional Implications of Egyptian President’s Iran Trip

By Kayhan Barzegar Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies, Tehran; Former Belfer Center Research Fellow in the Managing the Atom Project and International Security Program Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trip to Iran for the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) … Continue reading >

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Nationalist Insurgencies and the al-Qaeda Narrative

By Francisco Martin-Rayo The Obama administration’s heavy-handed approach to drone strikes in Yemen has blurred the distinction between terrorist and innocent civilian.  As administration officials continue to identify nearly all military-aged males in strike zones as possible combatants, media outlets … Continue reading >

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Do U.S. drone strikes on al-Qaida make us safer?

By Sean M. Lynn-Jones On June 4, a missile fired from a pilotless U.S. drone reportedly killed Abu Yahya al-Libi, said to be al-Qaida’s second-in-command, in a remote region of Pakistan. Just over a year earlier, U.S. special forces stormed … Continue reading >

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In Yemen, Democracy Is America’s Second Choice

Though Yemen’s internal politics have changed dramatically since January 2011, U.S. strategy there has remained single-mindedly focused on eradicating al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Democracy promotion, and the hopes of millions of Yemenis who supported the revolution, do not appear to be among the Obama Administration’s concerns in the country. Continue reading >

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Apple and its Chinese Supplier’s Labor Practices in Spotlight

By Ben W. Heineman Jr. Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (This article first appeared on TheAtlantic.com) Once again, Apple is on the front pages because of problems with its suppliers in China. But hard questions still … Continue reading >

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Americans can help protect Tibetan rights

By Andrea Strimling Yodsampa Research Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School In a dramatic contrast to the festivities welcoming the Chinese New Year, Tibetans in Boston and across the globe have refused … Continue reading >

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Russia and Putin Redux: Prospects for Change

By Simon Saradzhyan  and Nabi Abdullaev            (Updated Monday, March 5, 2012) There was little doubt that Vladimir Putin would be elected president of Russia on Sunday and return to the Kremlin for a third term. The Central Elections Committee announced … Continue reading >

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Scholars reflect on Afghan Koran burnings, rioting

Several Harvard Kennedy School scholars who have worked in Afghanistan were asked to comment on how the United States should respond to the accidental burning of Korans by the U.S. military, and the subsequent deadly rioting in the country. Here … Continue reading >

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Fighting for Food?

By Halvard Buhaug, Helge Holtermann, and Ole Magnus Theisen The globe keeps warming and a global food crisis is looming, but evidence suggests that, contrary to the opinion of many observers, tensions over scarce food and water will not increase … Continue reading >

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