Archive: March 2014

Elbe Group Joint Statement

By Brigadier General Kevin Ryan (ret.)
Recognizing that the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea has shuttered communication between the American and Russian governments, a group of senior American and Russian former military and intelligence officers met quietly in Morocco from 19 to 22 March to ask each other whether there remain any areas where the two nations should continue joint efforts.  The answer, given in a joint statement at the end of the meeting, was yes. 

Investigating Stockholm's Transportation

This past week, project Director Professor Diane Davis and Senior Researcher Onesimo Flores embarked on a trip to Stockholm, Sweden to take a look at the city's transportation network.  Over their week there they experienced the city's swift public transit system, and met with many of the planners and politicians who helped create and expand it.

Here they are photographed in Stockholm with Vice Mayor of Stockholm Ulla Hamilton, Professor Björn Hårsman, and Amy Rader Olsson.

Future Prospects for U.S.-Russia Nuclear Security Cooperation

By Nickolas Roth
This week’s Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague was understandably overshadowed by the continuing international response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. One aspect of the Ukraine crisis that deserves more attention is how the current standoff will impact the future of nuclear security cooperation between the United States and Russia.

Like a boss: How corporate negotiators would handle nuclear negotiations with Iran

James SebeniusJames Sebenius, writing in Foreign Policy, suggests next steps for the American negotiating strategy in nuclear talks with Iran. The Obama administration, Sebenius argues, would do well to help expand the potential constituency for a more comprehensive deal in Iran by dramatizing its benefits. At the same time, he highlights the risk of “deal drift:” that some version of the interim deal may well end up as the new status quo.  To address this risk, Sebenius describes how a credible contingent sanctions mechanism—that avoids the deal-killing provisions of Menendez-Kirk—could be put in place for exceeding a potential six month extension on the Joint Plan of Action.

Mar 28: "Governance Issues for Private Data Stores"

Harvard Topics in Privacy (TIP) Seminar : Governance Issues for Private Data Stores. Cohosted with the Web Science Trust.

Harvard Faculty Club March 28th 8:30am - 3:30pm

**Please RVSP by March 24th by email to john@taysom.com**

Convener : John Taysom, 2012 Senior Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, and the Web ScienceTrust. Hosted by Harvard Topics in Privacy seminar series.