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3 Questions: Stephen Van Evera on the withdrawal from Iraq

This month marks the formal withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, more than eight years after they arrived in 2003. What effect will the departure of the troops have on Iraq, and what are the remaining security concerns in the country? I asked Stephen Van Evera, the Ford International Professor of Political Science and an […] … learn more→

How it works: Water for electricity

The United States uses many different technologies to produce electricity. It is important to understand the different impacts these technologies have on water resources. Water’s many roles in electricity Water is involved at many points in the process of producing electricity: Electricity Generation – More than 90 percent of U.S. power plants require cooling, a […] … learn more→

A road map to cleaner energy

After studying U.S. energy innovation for three years, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) researchers have recommended nearly doubling research and development spending and pushing private industry to adopt new technology by putting a price on carbon emissions. The report, “Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation,” was released by the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group in the Kennedy […] … learn more→

China’s appetite for wood takes a heavy toll on forests

In Chinese folklore, a dragon symbolizes strength. It is an apt icon for a nation whose rise as an economic superpower has been nothing short of meteoric. While China’s stunning economic advances have come at significant environmental cost, the boom has been a plus in a few realms. The country is investing avidly in green […] … learn more→

Don’t blame the Eurozone for Italy’s homegrown debt crisis

During prostests in Rome last month, as groups of hooded protesters clashed with the police, set cars on fire, and smashed bank windows around the Piazza San Giovanni, two large speakers installed on a truck pumped a loud rap that obsessively repeated the same word: insolvenza (insolvency). Those who danced around the truck carried placards […] … learn more→

The end of Qantas as we know it

The move by Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, to ground the Qantas fleet around the world, will have caused irreparable damage to the brand, regardless of his motives for doing so. To some degree, you could argue that the Australian public were conscious of the ongoing negotiations with pilots, engineers and baggage handlers (although knowing this […] … learn more→

Winning the war, but what about the peace?

Gadhafi’s death brings to a close the war for liberation that has wracked Libya for much of this year, but pushes to the forefront a host of new issues that have only just remained under the surface, particularly over the few weeks. How these issues are handled will shape Libya’s foreseeable future. There are a […] … learn more→

The myth of the Arab Spring

The western media tends to portray the political uprisings in the Middle East as being broadly motivated by similar reasons and led by similar groups of tech-savvy young people, but surveys of people in the region paint a very different picture, a leading Cambridge researcher will tell a debate on the Arab Spring next week. […] … learn more→

How to ensure your references are gender-neutral

Do job references describe men and women in different terms? In subtle ways executives routinely use different terms to refer to men and women in recommendations, negatively affecting job candidates they are effectively trying to praise, according to a new study. Executives, men and women alike, routinely praise women using terms “helpful,” “kind,” “sympathetic,” “nurturing” […] … learn more→