Monthly Archives: September 2009

Watch STEPHEN WALT discuss Iran on WGBH TV’s “Greater Boston” at 7 p.m.

Stephen Walt, faculty chair of the Belfer Center’s International Security Program and a member of the Center’s board of directors, will discuss Iran today, September 30, 2009, at 7 p.m. on WGBH TV’s “Greater Boston with Emily Rooney.” For more … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week: GARY SAMORE on the Security Council

“The Security Council has a unique and distinctive role in the international [nuclear control] regime, because it’s the only body that has the authority and the responsibility to address issues of non-compliance.” – Gary Samore, National Security Council WMD coordinator … Continue reading

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PAUL VOLCKER on the Treasury’s reform plan

“The clear implication of such designation whether officially acknowledged or not will be that such institutions . . . will be sheltered by access to a federal safety net in time of crisis; they will be broadly understood to be … Continue reading

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GRAHAM ALLISON on Iran’s nuclear program

“For two decades, the agency required Iran to report only when nuclear material was introduced to a facility. By 2003 it rescinded that, in line with the guidelines for most countries, demanding reporting when construction began.” Belfer Center Director Graham … Continue reading

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NICHOLAS BURNS on negotiations with Iran

“This is the most important development in the three and a half years since the U.S. has offered negotiations with Iran.” Nicholas Burns, a member of the Belfer Center’s board of directors, was quoted in “U.S. to Demand Inspection of … Continue reading

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HENRY LEE on China’s CO2 emissions

“China realizes that it faces a significant energy problem that could have severe impacts on their economy.” Henry Lee, director of the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program and a member of the Center’s board of directors, was interviewed … Continue reading

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MEGHAN O’SULLIVAN on military strategy in Afghanistan

“President Obama should reaffirm his counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. It may be resource-intensive, difficult to execute and require untold patience. But the alternatives are no more attractive.” Meghan O’Sullivan, a member of the Belfer Center’s board of directors, contributed to … Continue reading

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MARTIN MALIN on Iran’s nuclear facility

“The IAEA is in a position of having an agreement with Iran that under the original terms wouldn’t necessarily require Iran to give advance notification before construction [of a nuclear facility], but would if this extra paragraph is operating.” Martin … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on UNRWA

“Activities at UN headquarters in New York City last Thursday commemorating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) coincided with the latest political developments revolving around the meeting last Tuesday of US … Continue reading

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ROLF MOWATT-LARSSEN on the challenges of interpreting intelligence on Iran’s nuclear facilities

“‘It’s often tradecraft that gets us bollixed up,’ he said in an interview. ‘It comes down to interpreting the same data in different ways, in looking at the same information and coming up with different conclusions.’” Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a senior … Continue reading

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