Program News

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

December 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.

Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

December 23, 2014
Can the U.S. agree upon and implement a new grand strategy for the 21st Century? And how would it be different from the strategy that served to focus the nation’s foreign policy during the Cold War? In his challenging new book, Barry Posen suggests that “restraint” can serve as the centerpiece of a new American grand strategy. He provides details in this addition of CONTEXT.

U.S.-Iran Normalization? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

December 22, 2014
"President Barack Obama‘s announcement last week that the United States and Cuba would restore diplomatic relations has spurred some to suggest that relations should be restored with Iran after a 35-year rupture...For a number of reasons, Iran is not next in line, even if there is a positive outcome to the negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program." writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Plataforma Democrática on the Integration of Cuba in a Democratic Latin America

December 22, 2014
Plataforma Democrática, a Brazil-based discussion forum, released a report following the historic announcement on December 17 by presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro of their decision to normalize the United States-Cuba relations.

After Cuba Comes Iran

December 19, 2014
"The differences between Cuba and Iran abound. But take notice. U.S. President Barack Obama’s Cuba initiative should be a clear sign of where he might like to go with Iran on the nuclear issue in coming months," writes Aaron David Miller.

Roger-Mark De Souza on Population Growth and Climate Change in Newsweek

December 19, 2014
As part of its Silver Bullet series, Newsweek Magazine spoke to Roger-Mark De Souza about population growth and climate change. On the one hand, De Souza told Newsweek, population growth inevitably impacts how vulnerable a community, state, or country is to climate change. And yet, he said, climate policies and initiatives rarely take population issues, like voluntary access to reproductive health services and family planning, into consideration.

Education and Innovation: Learning from the MIT Media Lab and One Laptop per Child

December 19, 2014
Nicholas Negroponte, one of the world’s leading thinkers on education, technology, and innovation, provides context on what he’s learned through his work with the MIT Media Lab and One Laptop per Child, organizations that he respectively co-founded and founded. He talks about how we learn, what we learn, and where we learn it.

Iran’s Rouhani Pushes Back

December 18, 2014
"Iranian President Hasan Rouhani seems to have reached the end of his tether with hard-liners who oppose and obstruct his agenda," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

The Striking Scale of Pakistani Taliban’s Attack on Peshawar School

December 18, 2014
Sadly, this attack could mark the start of a new phase in the Pakistani Taliban’s campaign against the government, writes Michael Kugelman.

Offsite Event Agenda: Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War

December 18, 2014
ECNU's Center for Cold War International History Studies and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program will convene an international conference in Shanghai on "Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War: Archives and Documentation" from December 21-22, 2014.

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