Justus Reid Weiner
Leave No Man Behind: The United States and Israel Face Risks in their Prisoner Release Policies
Justus Reid Weiner reacts to the prisoner exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, discusses Israeli experience with prisoner exchanges, and offers a critique of prisoner exchange as a counterterrorism policy. He concludes by suggesting the United States and Israel rethink their policies on prisoner exchange with a view to their historic outcomes.
Mark Green and Hallam Ferguson
Islam and Democracy
Ambassador Mark Green reflects on the progress of democratic transitions in the Islamic world. He sees notable achievements throughout Muslim-majority countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia, and concludes that the outlook, in spite of the dominant media narrative of violence, is positive.
Deterring Conflict with China: A Comparison of the Air-Sea Battle Concept, Offshore Control, and Deterrence by Denial
As China continues its military rise and expands its anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities, the deterrent provided by U.S. military power is lessened. In this academic essay, Mr. Torsvoll examines three potential U.S. military approaches to restoring deterrence capability against Chinese aggression: the Air-Sea Battle Concept, Offshore Control, and Deterrence by Denial.
The Ebola Virus and the threat of Bioterrorism in the Contemporary Era
In the context of the frightening Ebola outbreak in 2014, Naveen Gunaratne addresses the potential for the deadly virus to be used as an agent of bioterrorism. Through a structured, focused comparison, the author analyzes Ebola’s key traits as a weaponizable bio-agent against those of smallpox and anthrax.
India Looks Back on the First World War
In this perspectives piece, founding Chair of The Fletcher Forum Editorial Board, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, returns home to provide his thoughts on India’s complicated relationship with World War I, and how memory and memorialization have changed in the one hundred years since the start of that war.
Five Opportunities in a Turbulent World
In this address, Dean of the Fletcher School and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis highlights examples of success and innovation worldwide. Focusing particularly on scientific advancements, Admiral Stavridis expresses hope and optimism for a world seemingly overwhelmed with challenges and conflict.
The Next Century in International Relations: Perspectives From Global Experts
Gian Luca Burci
The Next One Hundred Years of Global Health
The current legal counsel at the World Health Organization outlines five issues that stand to define global health in the next century. Understanding the challenges of the future, the author argues, will require that global health actors and policymakers understand and adapt to the health challenges of today.
Ceding American Leadership in Space
Facing a litany of spending priorities and competition from rising nations such as China and India, the United States is losing its traditional role as dominant space explorer. Dr. Johnson-Freese argues that this trend is here to stay.
Diplomacy a Century After World War I: An Open-Source Alternative
While the power inherent to the nation-state effectively limits the Internet’s ability to transcend governments and create a genuinely global community, Siobhan MacDermott argues that the Internet offers a potentially paradigm-shifting alternative source of global governance, which she terms cyberdiplomacy.
International Education in the Twenty-First Century
Higher education will be one of the most effective tools in bringing an end to authoritarian rule around the globe. To expand the availability of international education, universal access to an uncensored Internet must be a top global priority.
Future Perspectives: The Maritime Arctic in 2050
In this perspectives piece, Dr. Brigham explores a plausible future view of the maritime Arctic at the middle of the twenty-first century. The author highlights the complexity of the issues with which the region must content, through the lenses of globalization, climate change, and Arctic geopolitics.
Aubrey de Grey
The Economic and Humanitarian Imperatives of Hastening the Medical Control of Aging
Biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey explores a field lesser known to practitioners of international relations, but one that will have dramatic consequences in economic and political realms. The elimination of aging, the author argues, will in fact alleviate potential overpopulation woes.
Toward a Safer and More Humane World
Nobel Laureate Mohammad ElBaradei examines the most critical political and social issues facing the world and challenges the philosophies that have lead to such problems. He begins by reviewing the shortcomings of major economies and multilateral organizations before proposing his own recommendations for cultural and systematic changes to be made in order to achieve global prosperity.