Category Archives: Guest Post

OPEC Embargo +40: What Have We Learned?

By Kathleen Araujo Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy; Project on Managing the Atom: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs This week marks the 40th anniversary of the OPEC oil embargo. On October 16th, 1973, the Organization of … Continue reading >

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Obama plows new ground in Africa

By Calestous Juma Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Belfer Center; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa. Many analysts viewed … Continue reading >

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How Obama Can Win a European Free-Trade Deal

By Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (This article first appeared on TheAtlantic.com, where Ben Heineman is a frequent contributor) The contrast was striking. In his State of the Union address, President Obama buried the start of a U.S.-E.U. free trade negotiations … Continue reading >

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The Shifting Nature of Iran’s Regional Policy

By Kayhan Barzegar This article was first published on December 17, 2012 in Persian by Tabnak The Arab Spring has resulted in a shift in the nature of Iran’s regional policy from  a traditional “reconciliation and resistance” approach to a … Continue reading >

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Egypt’s Economic Winter

By Ben W. Heineman Jr. (This article first appeared on TheAtlantic.com, where Ben Heineman writes frequently) The international media have made a huge story out of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s power-consolidating decrees and the balloting on his proposed constitution. How … Continue reading >

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The IEA’s Poor Performance and the Risks of Oil Abundance

By Leonardo Maugeri Roy Family Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Although quite late, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has noticed that American crude oil production is increasing at an unprecedented rate, and that … Continue reading >

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The Arab Spring and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

By Kayhan Barzegar The Arab Spring can be seen as a turning point in the regional balance of power of the Middle East. Previously, the “balance of power” was determined at the level of classic players—the states—and therefore was easier. … Continue reading >

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WMD Free Zone in Mideast: an opportunity for detente with Iran

By Tytti Erästö Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom At different stages of the Iranian nuclear dispute, a window toward resolution has seemed to open up. For example in 2003 Iran proposed comprehensive negotiations … Continue reading >

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Win the Minds or Lose the Region

By Francisco Martin-Rayo The recent attacks against U.S. embassies around the world, the murder of U.S. diplomats, and their associated hateful images, have shocked the American public and confounded policymakers.  Although many Americans and academics have asked the question, “What changed?” … Continue reading >

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Turncoats and Converts Make a Deadly Terrorist Mix

  By Simon Saradzhyan This is an extended version of the author’s “Mixing Turncoats and Terrorism” op-ed published in The Moscow Times on September 9, 2012. Events of one August day in Russia’s volatile republic of Dagestan have once again … Continue reading >

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