War, Defense & Security Research

How Women Journalists Are Silenced in a Man’s World: The Double-Edged Sword of Reporting from Muslim Countries

June 19, 2017, 8:15 am
Yeganeh Rezaian, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016) and
Iranian journalist, formerly of Bloomberg News and The National

Photo: Shifa Gardi, a journalist for an Iraqi Kurdish television station, was killed by a roadside bomb while reporting.  A new paper by Yeganeh Rezaian, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2016) and Iranian journalist, shines a light on the difficulties women reporters…

The Pen and the Sword: Reporting ISIS

July 5, 2016, 6:00 am
By Paul Wood

A new paper by Paul Wood, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and BBC world affairs correspondent, tells the harrowing story of a kidnapping by ISIS, and examines the ethical dilemmas that arise when reporting on terrorist organizations. Between November 2012 and…

The United States and the European Refugee Crisis: Standing with Allies

May 4, 2016, 4:30 pm
By Michael Ignatieff, Juliette Keeley, Betsy Ribble and Keith McCammon

Executive Summary The US-European relationship remains a cornerstone of American security and prosperity. It is never in America’s interest to remain a bystander when Europe’s cohesion is under threat. The refugee crisis in Europe is such a threat. This report…

The United States and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Plan of Action

January 27, 2016, 3:00 pm
By Michael Ignatieff, Rana Abdelhamid, Juliette Keeley, Lina Dakheel, Merissa Khurma, Rihab Elhaj, Alex Maza, Nikola Ilic, Betsy Ribble, Uran Ismaili, Shannon Thomas and Brynna Quillin

A new white paper by Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, and Harvard students, argues that it is in America’s national interest to help Europe manage and overcome the refugee crisis…

Media Coverage of the Drone Program

May 2, 2013, 9:06 am
By Tara McKelvey

In her Shorenstein Center paper, Fall 2012 Fellow Tara McKelvey examines the media coverage of the U.S. drone program in five major news outlets.

Podium Wars: President Hamid Karzai, the Foreign Press, and the Afghan War

January 14, 2013, 4:54 pm
By Joshua Partlow

A paper by Fall Fellow Joshua Partlow, foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, looks at press coverage of President Karzai and his criticism of it.

Anatomy of a Secret

June 21, 2012, 12:25 pm
By H.D.S. Greenway

A paper by Spring 2012 Fellow H.D.S. Greenway on The New York Times‘ decision to publish the “Stellar Wind” story.

Secrets about Secrets: The Backstage Conversations between Press and Government

March 1, 2007, 4:33 pm
By Allan M. Siegal

A paper by Allan M. Siegal, fall 2006 fellow, argues that while mainstream journalists almost uniformly advocate self-restraint on sensitive intelligence and military secrets, press and government are clearly unable to agree on definitions of “sensitive.” This paper examines vetting…

The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict

February 1, 2007, 4:33 pm
By Marvin Kalb

A paper by Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice Emeritus, follows the trajectory of the media from objective observer to fiery advocate in the Israeli-Hezbollah War, based on content analysis of global media and interviews with many diplomats…

Army Manpower and the War on Terror

January 1, 2006, 3:59 pm
By Kevin Ryan

A paper by Kevin Ryan, fall 2005 fellow, argues that Army manpower is a subject that is often misunderstood and misreported. How does the status of Army manpower affect the nation’s War on Terror? What if the manpower demands of concurrent…