Monthly Archives: May 2009

Quote of the Week: ERIC ROSENBACH on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“His hubris leads to ridiculous policy positions that have seriously degraded Iran’s standing in the international community.” – Eric Rosenbach, executive director for research at the Belfer Center, on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Read More

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MEGHAN O’SULLIVAN of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs appointed professor of practice

“During the summer of 2006, from her office adjacent to the White House, deputy national security adviser Meghan O’Sullivan sent President Bush a daily top secret report cataloging the escalating bloodshed and chaos in Iraq. ‘Violence has acquired a momentum … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the climate change bill

“Essentially, it’s a political decision and they’re taking political action. Since the allocation does not affect environmental performance and does not affect the overall cost to the country, then the Congress can and should do what it takes to build … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on unanswered Middle East questions

“It is slightly depressing to hear the same issues raised in every gathering that takes place in or about the Arab world and the wider Middle East, without much progress on them. But it is also heartening that we seem … Continue reading

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KAYHAN BARZEGAR of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on Iran’s nuclear program

“Today, the nuclear program is simultaneously perceived as a matter of technological advancement, national pride and solidarity, bolstering Iranian identity and status regionally and internationally. For this reason, all political parties in Iran demand pursuing a consistent stance in the … Continue reading

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APPU SOMAN of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the recent India election

“But the fact remains that, like previous governments, the new administration will consist mostly of politicians unfit to hold ministerial office. While several provincial satraps have been cut down to size, new, aspiring ones have garnered significant support.” Appu Soman, … Continue reading

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GRAHAM ALLISON of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on North Korea's nuclear test

With little leverage, U.S. looks to China on N. Korea Reuters May 25 Quoted: Graham Allison, Belfer Center Topic: North Korea’s nuclear test Graham Allison was also quoted in an article from the Associated Press. Facing another North Korean nuclear … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on business and government

U.S. business-government relations undergo a climate change L.A. Times May 26 Quoted: Robert Stavins Topic: Future of the relationship between business and government … But the relationship between government and business appears to be undergoing a fundamental restructuring, similar to … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“One admonition I would make is we ought to take time to think this through.… There is a temptation to act quickly.” – Paul Volcker, chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, on overhauling financial regulations Read more

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KELLY SIMS GALLAGHER of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on China’s auto industry

“‘That’s where Chinese firms are weakest,’ [Kelly Sims Gallagher] said. ‘They have world-class business and manufacturing capabilities now. What they still lack is technological know-how, systems integration, being able to design new vehicles from scratch and get them to a … Continue reading

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