The Kozmetsky Center briefing series features succinct policy relevant contributions by our US and international speakers representing a diversity of national and professional perspectives. Contributors summarize current research findings defining implications for the policy community in addressing topics of critical global relevance. The series provides a resource useful for students, academic research and the policy, private sector and civic communities.
Please Note: The Kozmetsky Center briefing series features policy relevant articles offered by our US and international speakers and program participants. Briefing papers reflect the research and perspective of the author and do not represent the position of the Kozmetsky Center or St. Edward's University.
Thirty Years of the ‘Clash of Civilisations’ and Right-Wing Populism in the USA and Europe, August-September 2018
Jeffrey Haynes, PhD, Professor of Politics Emeritus, London Metropolitan University
Since Professor Samuel Huntington first aired his controversial ‘framework’ in the 1990s, inter-civilisational ‘clash’ and ‘dialogue’ have become mainstream issues in both international relations and in many countries’ domestic concerns. Thirty years on, Dr. Jeffrey Haynes assesses the explanatory value of Huntington’s ‘clash of civilisations’ ‘paradigm’ or ‘framework’ and how this paradigm has fared in the perceptions of scholars and policy makers, the two audiences on which he focused.
Russia's Game on the Korean Peninsula and the Moscow-Beijing-Pyongyang Alignment, October-November 2018
Dr. Artyom Lukin, Associate Professor and Deputy Director for Research, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok)
This article provides an analysis of the complex mix of interests and motives explaining Russia's behavior toward North Korea. Professor Artyom Lukin offers insights into the dynamics of the Moscow-Beijing-Pyonyang relationship influencing circumstances on the Korean Peninsula with potential consequences relevant for American policy.
INF: The Path Forward, December-January 2019
Miles Pomper, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Valeriia Lozova, Fulbright Visiting Researcher, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
"INF: The Path Forward" is a timely and relevant assessment on the status of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The authors recount the historical and contemporary events which culminate in the current treaty disputes between the Russian Federation and the United States. The authors conclude the brief with their policy suggestions to break the U.S.-Russian impasse and to forge a path forward.
“Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional and Global Security Challenges,” Kozmetsky Center-Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University project on Religion and International Security with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, March - April 2019
Prepared by Sharyl Cross, Director, Kozmetsky Center, Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, David Mowry, Executive Assistant (former), Joseph Sadek, Executive Assistant, Kozmetsky Center
Iran Grand Strategy Coming of Age, September-October 2019
Heidi E. Lane, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy and Director of the Middle East Research Study Group at U.S. Naval War College
Professor Lane discusses three core principles and competing interests that make up Iranian grand strategy. She argues that Iranian grand strategy has been remarkably consistent in delivering specific national interests while simultaneously considered by many nations as incoherent and often dangerously irresponsible. The author contends that Iran's narrative, based on nationalism, religious elitism and historical memory, combines soft and hard power elements to consolidate and extend regional and global influence.