Growing Up in Tehran, I Have A Unique Take on Non-Proliferation
By Ariane Tabatabai posted on February 28, 2014 in ,
I was born during the Iran-Iraq War and grew up in post-conflict Tehran. My childhood, despite being quite normal, was dominated by politics. With academic parents in the fields of political sociology and political philosophy, a country where one learns about hating “Zionists” before being able to spell the word, and the drawings in textbooks of children killed by Iraqi chemical weapons, it was quite unavoidable.
A Young Egyptian's Perspective on Non-Proliferation in the Middle East
By Karim Kamel posted on February 23, 2014 in ,
Immersing myself in nonproliferation studies has been a thrilling life journey. Growing up in Egypt, I realized early in life that I live in a highly volatile region, where war rhetoric and existential threats prevailed. I remember thinking: can’t we do something different? Can’t we come up with an alternative to this apocalyptic vision?
"Liberty without security is fragile, but security without liberty is oppressive"
By Kalina Leiling posted on January 29, 2014 in , ,
How big data can solve complex problems in foreign policy
“The fastest way to grow is to come up with a great idea,” said Alec Ross said in a presentation, as a part of the Big Data and Analytics incubator series. Mr. Ross is a former Senior Innovation Advisor for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. He was invited as a Keynote Speaker in order to help future leaders understand the role of big data and innovation in developing foreign policy and crafting solutions to critical global challenges.
The East’s Dilemma: The Power of Persuasion and the Importance of Influence
By Catherine Lefèvre posted on January 16, 2014 in , ,
Russian president Vladimir Putin once described the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’ It is no secret that Russia has been trying to recover its geopolitical influence in former Soviet states to become a regional hegemon once more. But these states, freed from Russia’s control, became open to new spheres of influence, particularly from the European Union.