Monthly Archives: June 2009

RAND BEERS on leave from Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the future of cybersecurity

“‘It is the view in the White House that the Department of Homeland Security will continue to play an absolutely essential role in the protection of America’s cyber infrastructure,’ said Rand Beers, who was nominated to be Homeland Security’s undersecretary … Continue reading

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PAUL VOLCKER of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on his influence and background

“Volcker’s influence can be seen in the proposals for regulatory change offered by Obama on June 17. While there’s no mention of separating banking and proprietary risk taking, the administration is proposing to set higher capital requirements for trading positions … Continue reading

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GRAHAM ALLISON of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on protests in Iran

“Kennedy School Professor Graham T. Allison, whose specialties include Iran and international defense, said that the outcome of those protests is more likely to resemble Tiananmen Square in 1989 rather than Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. But he added that … Continue reading

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NICHOLAS BURNS of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on Iran

“We know so little about that country,” says Nicholas Burns, the State Department’s top negotiator on Iran during the Bush administration. For ‘30 years (there have been) no businesspeople there — Americans. No journalists there. No diplomats there,’ he says. … Continue reading

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JOSEPH NYE of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on "Japan’s Changing Role"

“ In addition, North Korea’s detonation of a second nuclear device and launching of rockets over Japan has created anxieties that lead some observers to wonder whether Japan will reverse its long standing decision not to seek a national nuclear … Continue reading

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HASSAN ABBAS of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on Pakistan’s future

“In the long-term, however, what really matters is whether the Muslims of South Asia will be able to roll back the spread of Talibanization altogether. The answer to that question lies within the various Muslim communities of the region, not … Continue reading

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

“CEOs are public figures. They should waive any privacy limitations imposed by law or personal preference to achieve such disclosure. Jobs’—and Apple’s—handling of his illness is textbook—of what not to do.” Ben Heineman, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center, … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on opinions of Iran from the Arab world

“The regimes in the Arab world mostly don’t like Iran.…They’d be happy to see the Iranian regime overthrown because many of them fear it.…They think it threatens them, et cetera, but at the same time the Arab regimes don’t want … Continue reading

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WILLIAM TOBEY of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on tensions with North Korea

“The North’s tried and true strategy has been to create crises, use the crises to extract political and economic concessions, and to use those concessions to prop up a failing system. This strategy has worked repeatedly, but that may be … Continue reading

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Watch JOSEPH NYE of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Joseph S. Nye, a member of the Belfer Center’s board of directors, will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment on “Japan’s Changing Role” today, June 25, 2009, at 10 … Continue reading

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