Monthly Archives: January 2009

GRAHAM ALLISON receives NAS award

Belfer Center Graham Allison is the recipient of the 2009 National Academy of Sciences’ Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is being honored for illuminating alternative ways of thinking about political decision making with … Continue reading

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NICHOLAS BURNS on South Asia

“There is no question that the economic crisis is going to be the number one issue for the new administration — it has to be, considering the recession that we are in both nationally and globally. But, beyond that, there … Continue reading

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MARTIN FELDSTEIN on the stimulus plan

“The problem with the current stimulus plan is not that it is too big but that it delivers too little extra employment and income for such a large fiscal deficit. It is worth taking the time to get it right.” … Continue reading

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ROBERT ROTBERG on Sri Lanka

“The Government must turn to political solutions for its minority problem – something which was caused by the governments of the 50s and the 60s really brought this upon the nation, now needs to integrate the Tamil minority effectively into … Continue reading

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JOHN WHITE on the civil-military challenge

“We found that the character and relationships of senior officials are considered the single most important factor affecting civil-military relations. Policymakers should devote attention to civilian Pentagon appointments and the military should better prepare officers to assume senior roles in … Continue reading

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RICHARD CLARKE on trying terrorists

“The US criminal justice system has a history of successfully prosecuting terrorism cases and can continue doing so. There simply was no need for the special “kangaroo courts” created by the Bush administration.” Richard Clarke, a Belfer Center faculty affiliate, … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on the economy and Arab leadership

“The current economic recession is a moment that cries out for an Arab leader who can speak truthfully to his people on the issues of the day that really matter — including how many abandoned cars may be parked at … Continue reading

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BOB GRAHAM on CIA leadership

“Despite Director Michael Hayden’s second-term efforts to stabilize the agency and loosen the White House’s iron fist, matters worsened, and the agency became ensnared in the rendition of foreign detainees, torture and use of excessive interrogation techniques. As a result, … Continue reading

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NICHOLAS BURNS on business leaders

The humbling of Davos Man Financial Times January 28 Quoted: Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center Topic: Lack of business leaders at this year’s World Economic Forum … It is tricky to be seen at a talking shop in Switzerland when your … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS on environmentally friendly goals

Will the economy take the wind out of Patrick’s plan? Boston Globe January 29 Quoted: Robert Stavins, Environment and Natural Resources Program Topic: Massachusetts’ capacity to reach environmentally friendly goals Shortly after taking office in January 2007, Governor Deval Patrick … Continue reading

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