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Inside the Middle East Q&A

Inside the Middle East Q&A


Inside the Middle East Q&A: Bruce Rutherford on Democracy and Islamism in Egypt

Mar. 14, 2018

Dr. Bruce Rutherford, Associate Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, sits down with JMEPP Editor Elissa Miller to discuss political developments in Egypt since the 2011 revolution, including the current state of political Islam and prospects for democratic change in the country.

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Belfer Center Nuclear Experts Comment on Putin's Nuclear Weapons Announcement

Mar. 02, 2018

Several nuclear experts from Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs provided comments on Russia President Putin's announcement on Thursday (March 1) regarding a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons.

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tom Toles introduce themselves at the Starr Auditorium at Harvard Kennedy School on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. (Benn Craig)

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Madhouse Effect: A Climate Scientist and an Editorial Cartoonist Team Up to Tackle Climate Change Denial

  • Jonathan Edel-Hänni
| Mar. 01, 2018

Why is climate change denial alive and thriving in America? Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State Michael Mann and Washington Post editorial cartoonist and blogger Tom Toles offer insight into this question. In their timely book, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, the pair use science, cartoons and satire to examine the science behind global warming and then tackle denialist attempts to refute it, including the financial, ideological and political institutions fueling the climate denial movement.

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D3P Information Operations Technical and Policy “Hack-a-thon”

March 2018

The Defending Digital Democracy Project wants your help in solving one of the biggest problems facing democracy and our society—information operations intended to influence domestic opinion, inflame divisions, or undermine trust in institutions. There has been a lot of discussion in the media, academia, and policy circles about the dangers of information operations—like spreading information through fake social media personas to further social divisions and influence public behavior. But we need more than talk to stop this—we need action. That is what this contest is all about.

Press Release - Future of Diplomacy Project

Future of Diplomacy Project Welcomes Nine Spring Fellows

The Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will welcome nine Senior Fellows to the Harvard Kennedy School campus between February and April 2018. All fellows will be actively engaged in Project programming, including chairing seminars with students, conducting research, and playing an active role in the intellectual life of the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Cybersecurity Project Call for “Cybersecurity in the Middle-East” Fellowship

| Feb. 27, 2018

The Cybersecurity Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is looking for a junior or mid-career practitioner or academic with a strong background or interest in cybersecurity and the Middle East to address these issues. The topic of cybersecurity should be construed broadly and does not require professional-level technical competency. 

Washington Post journalist David Ignatius interviews Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council n Washington, December 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

News - Palm Beach Daily News

What Spy Novels are Made of: Washington Post Journalist Draws from Foreign Affairs Experience

| Feb. 22, 2018

His novel “Body of Lies,” about a CIA operation to nab a top terrorist, was adapted as a 2008 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

If you want to know what really goes on in the morally ambiguous world of high-stakes spycraft, you might look to the novels of David Ignatius.

Novelist is one of two hats Ignatius wears.

The other is journalist, which he’s been for more than 40 years. For 27 of those years he’s written about foreign affairs, first for The Wall Street Journal and then for The Washington Post, where he writes a twice weekly column.