Monthly Archives: January 2010

ROLF MOWATT-LARSSEN will discuss al Qaeda-WMD chronology on C-SPAN

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a Belfer Center senior fellow formerly with the CIA, will be on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Sunday, January 31, at 9:15 a.m. discussing his new report on the history of al Qaeda attempting to acquire weapons of mass … Continue reading

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MARTIN FELDSTEIN on economic growth

“The rise of GDP over the next ten years will reflect the very positive effect of the eventual recovery from the current deep downturn, combined with a below-trend rise in the economy’s potential output at full employment. When I add … Continue reading

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GRAHAM ALLISON on nuclear terrorism

“Thinking about risks we face today, we should reflect on the major conclusion of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission established to investigate that catastrophe. The U.S. national security establishment’s principal failure prior to Sept. 11, 2001, was, the commission found, a … Continue reading

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JOSEPH NYE on Davos

“What good does it do? After attending nearly a score of annual meetings over the years, I have noticed that the conventional wisdom — whether gloom and doom or rise and shine — that summarizes each meeting often proves misleading. … Continue reading

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RICHARD CLARKE on al Qaeda

“It is important that we discuss the status of al Qaeda and our efforts to eliminate it, now when it might be more possible to do so analytically, dispassionately, in a non-partisan manner, than it might be after a successful … Continue reading

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AZEEM IBRAHIM on investing in IT

“…[T]he culture in government needs to change from one in which IT projects are regarded as a panacea, to a more hard-headed culture in which they are an investment on behalf of the public, pursued only after rigorous cost-benefit analysis.” … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on Syrian civil society

“The best hope now is that Syrians themselves will test the sincerity of their government’s call for a deeper, stronger civil society. If the state is sincere, this is a moment of some hope for Syria and its neighbors. If … Continue reading

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ROLF MOWATT-LARSSEN on al Qaeda’s WMD aspirations

“Several terrorist groups have actively sought weapons of mass destruction (WMD) of one kind or another. To date, however, al Qaeda is the only group known to be pursuing a long-term, persistent and systematic approach to developing weapons to be … Continue reading

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Review of VALI NASR's book Forces of Fortune

“Vali Nasr, in his outstanding new book “Forces of Fortune,” shows that [Sayyid] Qutb was at least half wrong. Globalization, free trade and market economics aren’t a threat to Islam per se. What they are a threat to is the … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS on carbon tax

Today in highly unrealistic scenarios: carbon tax edition The Economist online January 27 Quoted: Robert Stavins, Harvard Environmental Economics Program Topic: Carbon tax … But wouldn’t it be something if Barack Obama came out and proposed a carbon tax tonight … Continue reading

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