Monthly Archives: September 2010

ASHTON CARTER on defense acquisitions savings plan

“We have to fundamentally change how we do business. We cannot give our troops what they need unless we do so.” Ashton Carter, on leave from the Belfer Center’s board of directors to serve as under secretary of defense for … Continue reading

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JOHN P. HOLDREN on science in America

John P. Holdren, on leave from the Belfer Center’s board of directors to serve as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, was interviewed in “John Holdren on science … Continue reading

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LAWRENCE SUMMERS on the U.S. economy

“I don’t see how anybody can look at the facts of the American economy right now and not recognize that the overwhelming problem is a shortage of demand. There’s no question that many, many businesses feel frustrated.” Lawrence Summers, on … Continue reading

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ROBERT STAVINS on climate change

“International climate change negotiations are more like a marathon than a sprint.” Robert Stavins, a member of the Belfer Center’s Board of Directors and director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, was quoted in “Measuring a changing climate by degrees,” … Continue reading

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TAREK MASOUD on Egyptian democracy

“Of course, we should be under no illusions as to the ability of Egypt’s democratic opposition to pose a genuine electoral challenge to Gamal now or in the near future. As the disorganization around Mr. ElBaradei has demonstrated to us, … Continue reading

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BEN HEINEMAN on the difficulties of making decisions

“But at the end of the day, the cliche about leadership being lonely is true, because no facts, no analysis, no expert can provide the ultimate judgment that is required to make these huge decisions in a state of some … Continue reading

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RAMI KHOURI on the Arab-Israeli conflict

“The immediate decisions on settlements will signal how the parties feel about these bigger issues, and also on the second matter above: their respective negotiating strengths and postures. In the short run — the past 18 months since Barack Obama … Continue reading

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WILLIAM H. TOBEY on Kim Jong-il's successor

William H. Tobey, a Belfer Center senior fellow, was interviewed in “Kim Jong-un succession ‘no done deal,’” by BBC on September 28, 2010. For the full interview, go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9039000/9039247.stm

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CHARLES G. COGAN on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations

“The idea behind a three-month extension of the moratorium — which has been refused by the Israelis until now — was that this would give time for the two sides to set the eventual borders between the two states — … Continue reading

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AZEEM IBRAHIM on terrorism originating in Somalia

The Biggest Argument Against Staying in Afghanistan: Somalia Huffington Post September 27 Commentary by: Azeem Ibrahim, former Belfer Center research fellow, International Security Program Topic: Terrorism originating in Somalia Traditionally, one of the strongest arguments for the allied deployment in … Continue reading

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