Monthly Archives: December 2008

NICHOLAS BURNS on restoring diplomacy, part 2

“And obviously because of what’s happened with Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and the Iraq War and extraordinary renditions, the feelings of many Muslim and Arab people toward the United States are quite bitter and negative. We can turn that around. … Continue reading

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MARTIN FELDSTEIN on defense spending

“For the military, the increased spending will require an expanded supplemental budget for 2009 and an increased budget for 2010. A 10% increase in defense outlays for procurement and for research would contribute about $20 billion a year to the … Continue reading

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JOSEPH NYE on soft power

“Obama’s election has done much to restore American “soft” power, but he will need to follow up with policies that combine hard and soft power into a smart strategy of the sort that won the Cold War. Democracy promotion is … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on the Muslim world

“Barack Obama should quickly understand that the same principle applied to what he calls “the Muslim world” — that there is no Muslim world, any more than there is a monolithic Christian or Black world in the United States.” Rami … Continue reading

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AZEEM IBRAHIM on the Glasgow Airport bombing

“He and I faced a choice between seeing Islam as setting us against our country, or as setting us up to be a part of it. Equally clearly, we made different choices. However, that is the same choice facing half … Continue reading

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A profile of JOHN HOLDREN

For Science Adviser, Dogged Work Against Global Perils New York Times December 22 Profiled: John Holdren, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program Topic: Holdren appointed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John P. Holdren has … Continue reading

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A profile of JOHN HOLDREN

From Harvard, a climatic selection Boston Globe December 21 Profiled: John Holdren, Belfer Center Quoted:  Calestous Juma and Graham Allison, Belfer Center Topic: Holdren appointed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Holdren’s appointment was also … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on Arab sovereignty

“This is a moment when some Arabs should be thinking more in terms of enhancing the wealth of their sovereignty, rather than merely bemoaning the erratic performance of their sovereign wealth.” Rami Khouri, a senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s … Continue reading

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Harvard Kennedy School’s John P. Holdren to be Named Obama’s Science Advisor

Harvard Kennedy School’s John P. Holdren to be Named Obama’s Science Advisor Directs Science, Technology, Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Friday, December 19, 2008 President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce in his … Continue reading

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NICHOLAS BURNS on restoring diplomacy

“It’s a curious fact that we have just about 6,500 American diplomats worldwide, but that’s exceeded by the number of lawyers in the Defense Department and by the number of musicians in the Armed Forces bands of the Army, Navy, … Continue reading

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