Nuclear Security Matters – Key Resource for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit

March 7, 2014

A new Belfer Center website – Nuclear Security Matters – provides policymakers, researchers, journalists, and the interested public with a wealth of facts, analysis, key documents, and other resources critical to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit goal of preventing nuclear terrorism in countries around the globe.

Nuclear Security Matters was developed by the Belfer Center’s Project on Managing the Atom with input from the Center's nuclear experts.

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"No Contest" on Ukraine

Foreign Policy commentary by Stephen M. Walt

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Climate Change in the American Mind

Thursday, March 6, 3:30 - 5:00 pm with Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

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February 25, 2014

"Does Russia Really Need Ukraine?"

National Interest

By Simon Saradzhyan, Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As the triumphant soldiers of Ukraine’s protest movement savor their victory on the streets and squares of Kiev, their commanders probably can’t help wondering how the Kremlin will respond to the ouster of Ukraine’s ‘pro-Russian’ president Viktor Yanukovych. Vladimir Putin has condemned the forceful seizure of power in Ukraine and suspended promised purchase of Ukrainian bonds. But the question remains: will Russia’s strongman get actively involved in the chaos of Ukrainian politics as he did back during the previous Ukrainian evolution when he rallied for Yanukovych?




February 23, 2014

Why Obama Must Stop History Repeating Itself

The Sunday Times

By Niall Ferguson, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

It is hard indeed to romanticise the First World War. Those khaki uniforms have none of the glamour of the redcoats worn by British soldiersback in 1775 or 1815. Good luck to anyone who wants to re-enact the effects of a machinegun on advancing infantry or the impact of a howitzershell on a trench.



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March/April 2014

"America's Energy Edge"

Foreign Affairs

By Robert D. Blackwill, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Only five years ago, the world’s supply of oil appeared to be peaking, and as conventional gas production declined in the United States, it seemed that the country would become dependent on costly natural gas imports. But in the years since, those predictions have proved spectacularly wrong.



February 18, 2014

"Perfect Partners"

Foreign Affairs

By David H. Petraeus, Non-resident Senior Fellow and Robert B. Zoellick, Non-resident Senior Fellow

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Mexico, where he will meet with his North American counterparts, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto. David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick writ: "The summit points to a great strategic opportunity: 20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement entered into force, all three countries have the chance to forge a new forward-looking agenda for North American competitiveness and integration and thereby increase the economic growth and global influence of each."



February 21, 2014

Former Australian Prime Minister Named Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, has been named a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, where he will lead a major research effort on possibilities and impacts of a new strategic relationship between China and the United States. In addition, he will be a Visiting Fellow with Harvard's Institute of Politics, beginning in February 2014.



February 19, 2014

"Nickolas Roth on Nuclear Weapon Security"

By Nickolas Roth, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

A series of high profile scandals in the US nuclear missile force have raised questions over security. In this HKS PolicyCast, MTA Research Associate Nick Roth explains the problem, what it means for nuclear security, what has been done to remedy the situation and how it might impact the Obama administration’s efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation.



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