Monthly Archives: March 2009

ASHTON CARTER of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs testifies at his confirmation hearing

“Acquisition reform must be a central priority, and if confirmed I will be assessing proposals for reform, including ones that might touch on aspects of Goldwater-Nichols. I will consult with this Committee if such a proposal arises and appears to … Continue reading

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MARTIN FELDSTEIN of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on charitable donations

“This is where things get interesting: If the 10 percent increase in the cost of giving caused the person to reduce his gift by 10 percent, to $9,000, his tax savings would be 28 percent of $9,000, or $2,520. The … Continue reading

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JOHN HOLDREN on leave from Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the future of OSTP

“The resulting new insights about how our bodies work, how our planet works, and how matter and energy work throughout the cosmos will help inspire the new generation of scientists and feed new forms of innovation. But the pace of … Continue reading

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ROBERT ROTBERG of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on U.S.-China relations

“Restraining the nuclear ambitions and capacity for mischief of the odious regime in Pyongyang is unlikely without China’s support for a negotiated dismantling of fissile enrichment and missile launching facilities. Only China has the necessary leverage and influence with Kim … Continue reading

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CRISTINE RUSSELL of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the Goldsmith Awards for Investigative Reporting

“[Jane] Mayer noted that women had increasingly moved into covering national security issues that were once the domain of male reporters. Things have come a long way for her personally since 1984, when she became the first female White House … Continue reading

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ARNOLD BOGIS of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs advises on first responder video game

“This is the first-of-its-kind training tool. The game allows the player to review and evaluate themselves and gauge areas that require more skill training,” said Gregg Lord, Associate Director and Co- investigator of [National Emergency Medical Services Preparedness Initiative]. Arnold … Continue reading

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BRYAN EARLY of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on economic sanctions

“At a time when there is growing anger over government hand outs to unprofitable firms, it does not make sense that the US government is forcing companies with profitable opportunities to flee the country. As for US sanctions against Cuba, … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on a gas tax

A Tax That’s Pro-Market NYTimes.com March 26 Commentary by: Robert Stavins, Belfer Center Topic: Potential federal tax on gasoline Whether they are called “revenue enhancements” or “user charges,” fear of the political consequences of taxes restricts debate on energy and … Continue reading

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THOMAS HEGGHAMMER of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on radical Islamist figures

Jihadi dispute points to deeper radicalism among youths Christian Science Monitor March 27 Quoted: Thomas Hegghammer, Belfer Center Topic: Dispute between two radical Islamist figures In yet another fissure within radical Islamist networks, one of the world’s most influential jihadi … Continue reading

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BEN HEINEMAN of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the AIG bonuses

“Were the current AIG and Treasury lawyers so witless that they could not come up with a good faith argument that the bonuses need not be paid; that they would force the employees to bring suit; and that they should … Continue reading

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