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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | October 5, 2022

Putin is not bluffing with his nuclear threats

Oct 3, 2022How seriously should Americans take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to conduct tactical nuclear weapons strikes on Ukraine? After a month in which Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive left Russia…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | September 21, 2022

How to Build a Better Order

Sep 21, 2022The authors propose a simple, four-part framework to guide relations among major powers. This framework presupposes only minimal agreement on core principles—at least at first—and acknowledges that there…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | September 21, 2022

Which NATO Do We Need?

Sep 14, 2022Stephen Walt outlines four possible futures for the trans-Atlantic alliance.

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | September 7, 2022

Do Armed Drones Counter Terrorism, Or Are They Counterproductive? Evidence from Eighteen Countries

Aug 30, 2022Do armed drone programs decrease or increase terrorism? Existing studies on this question produce conflicting arguments and evidence. Drone optimists contend that armed drones reduce a country's vulnerability…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | September 7, 2022

Is Nuclear War Inevitable?

Sep 5, 2022Joseph Nye writes that Russian aggression and nuclear saber rattling have reminded us that the likelihood of nuclear war is a matter of both independent and interdependent probabilities. Paradoxically,…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 30, 2022

Why Wars Are Easy to Start and Hard to End

Aug 29, 2022Stephen Walt analyzes how misperception, sunk costs, escalation, and internationalization all make conflicts last longer than planned.

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 18, 2022

Do Armed Drones Reduce Terrorism? Here's the Data.

Aug 18, 2022 Joshua A. Schwartz and Matthew Fuhrmann ask: Do armed drone operations reduce terrorism, or do they actually make countries more vulnerable to it?

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 17, 2022

Then What? Assessing the Military Implications of Chinese Control of Taiwan

Aug 8, 2022 An analysis of Taiwan’s military value concludes that its reunification with China would improve Chinese submarine warfare and ocean surveillance capabilities, tipping the military balance in China’s…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 17, 2022

Narratives and War: Explaining the Length and End of U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan

Aug 6, 2022 A new theory of war duration suggests that strategic narratives explain why the U.S. war in Afghanistan endured and ended. A robust anti-terrorism narrative generated audience costs…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 17, 2022

Strategic Substitution: China’s Search for Coercive Leverage in the Information Age

Aug 7, 2022 After the mistaken U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999, China turned to information-age weapons to create a risk of escalation to nuclear war…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 15, 2022

Why Trump's Safe Was Not Safe

Aug 15, 2022 Juliette Kayyem explains why storing top-secret documents at Mar-a-Lago was dangerous.

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 11, 2022

It's Time for Olaf Scholz to Walk His Talk

Aug 9, 2022 The authors argue that amid the continent's gravest threat to peace and stability since 1945, Europe needs a reliable, serious, focused Germany—not a chancellor and policy elite…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | August 6, 2022

50 Years Ago, Uganda Ordered Its Entire Asian Population to Leave

Aug 5, 2022 According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2021 nearly 90 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. What makes Uganda's expulsion of 50,000 Asians distinct? Unlike…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | July 27, 2022

Does Anyone Still Understand the 'Security Dilemma'?

Jul 26, 2022 Stephen Walt explains the concept of the security dilemma and argues for leaders to consider whether a policy they believed was benign was unintentionally making others nervous, then…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | July 19, 2022

Imagining a New U.S. National Security Act for the 21st Century: Winning Essays

Jul 19, 2022 The Intelligence and Applied History Projects hosted a National Security Act Essay Contest in 2022 entitled: “Imagining a New National Security Act for the 21st Century.” The…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | July 13, 2022

Will the Ukraine War Fuel Nuclear Proliferation?

Jul 6, 2022 Joseph Nye posits that the real lesson from Russia's war in Ukraine is that the international community must reinforce the existing NPT and refrain from actions that…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | July 5, 2022

Confronting the Global Energy Crisis: A Conversation With Dan Yergin

Jul 5, 2022 The post-pandemic demand for energy combined with the war in Ukraine and subsequent gas shortages have created a global energy crisis. That is the assessment offered by…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | June 23, 2022

Trump's Savviest Aides Already Headed for the Exits

Jun 19, 2022 Juliette Kayyem analyzes the January 6 Committee hearings.

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | June 16, 2022

Why Do People Hate Realism So Much?

Jun 13, 2022 Stephen Walt posits that realists recognize that evil acts occur and that some states behave worse than others, but they also understand that all states compete for…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | June 2, 2022

Will Teaching Aggressors a Lesson Deter Future Wars?

Jun 2, 2022 Stephen Walt uses historical examples to argue that calls to inflict a decisive defeat on Russia are misguided and won't necessarily prevent Putin or others from using…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | May 19, 2022

Countering Terrorism With "Blue Sky" Thinking

May 19, 2022 In the past, strategic surprise has often stemmed from a failure of imagination. Most intelligence failures are rooted in a lack of foresight or early warning of…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | May 19, 2022

What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?

May 18, 2022 Stephen Walt explains that European leaders have reassessed Russia's intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo. 

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | May 17, 2022

A 'Lone-Wolf' Shooter Has an Online Pack

May 15, 2022 Juliette Kayyem argues that language alone cannot change the violent extremism that is a part of American society today, which President Joe Biden called out last night…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | May 12, 2022

Imagining a New National Security Act

May 11, 2022 If you woke up to news of a massive cyber or Pearl Harbor-type attack on the U.S., you would want to know that a solid national security…

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Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, International Security and Defense | May 12, 2022

International Security Journal Highlights

May 11, 2022 Highlights from the Winter 2021/22 issue of International Security. 

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