Monthly Archives: October 2009

PAUL FISHSTEIN on Afghanistan's democracy

“Our ‘democracy’ is about accountability, citizen participation and leaders serving at the discretion of the people. But unfortunately, many Afghans perceive ‘democracy’ as impunity, abuse of power and a new political and business class exploiting its position to enrich itself. … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on Tunisia's election

“Tunisia’s ‘re-elected’ President Ben Ali typifies Arab World leaders who stay in power as long as biology allows them. They control all security, police and military — and thereby, the economic, educational and cultural life of the country.” Rami Khouri, … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS on a potential international climate deal

Deal-Breaker for Climate-Change Treaty May Be Obama’s Congress Bloomberg October 27 Quoted: Robert Stavins, Harvard Environmental Economics Program Topic: Potential international climate deal When Barack Obama was elected president, he was heralded as a possible savior for climate- treaty talks … Continue reading

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MONICA TOFT on a new movie about recent Russia-Georgia conflict

Russian-Georgian conflict goes Hollywood PRI.org October 27 Quoted: Monica Toft, Belfer Center Topic: New movie about recent Russia-Georgia conflict Hollywood has come to the former Soviet republic of Georgia.  Director Renny Harlin, whose previous films include “Die Hard 2″ and … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week: LAWRENCE SUMMERS on the economy rescue

“Just as in war, there are unintended victims so, too, in economic rescues, there are unintended beneficiaries.” -Lawrence Summers, director of the National Economic Council Read More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125616290488299949.html

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GRAHAM ALLISON on nuclear weapons in the Kennedy Administration

Belfer Center Director Graham Allison participated in the second panel discussion, “The Cuban Missile Crisis and the First Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” at the one-day “The Presidency and the Nuclear Age” conference at the Kennedy Library earlier this month. The … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS on international climate agreement

“An effective, but more flexible and politically palatable approach could be an international agreement on a “portfolio of domestic commitments.” Under such an arrangement, nations would agree to honour commitments to GHG reductions laid out in their own domestic laws … Continue reading

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STEPHEN WALT on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

“The bottom line: staying in Afghanistan will cost many more dead American soldiers–and, inevitably, Afghan civilians–and hundreds of billions of additional dollars.” Stephen Walt, a member of the Belfer Center’s board of directors, wrote “High Cost, Low Odds,” which the … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on Middle East peace process progress

“It has been exactly nine months since Obama took office with a pledge to personally work for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, and the scorecard of results on that pledge looks rather thin.” Rami Khouri, a senior fellow with the Belfer … Continue reading

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MATTHEW BUNN on nuclear agreement between the U.A.E. and U.S.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Mideast Nuke Deal Newsweek October 23 Quoted: Matthew Bunn, Project on Managing the Atom Topic: Nuclear agreement between the U.A.E. and U.S. … What’s groundbreaking is that the U.A.E. has promised not to construct its … Continue reading

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