Noah Feldman

Harvard Law School professor

Noah Feldman appears in the following:

Was Iraq's Democracy Doomed From the Start?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Noah Feldman, who helped draft Iraq's constitution a decade ago, says the current chaos can be traced to America's failure to provide security before attempting nation building.

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Official End of Combat in Iraq, But What's Next for Iraqis?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today marks the formal end of the United States' combat mission in Iraq, after almost eight years. There are now fewer than 50,000 troops left in Iraq — all serving in non-combat roles. The Obama administration has pledged to withdraw all troops by October 2011. But many are now asking questions about what Iraq's future holds. What kind of presence will the U.S. have there in the coming years and is it realistic for the country to fully support itself by the end of next year?

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Will Anyone Trust Afghan Election Results?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke went to Paris on Wednesday for a meeting with more than two dozen of his international peers. But it wasn't a celebration – Holbrooke was there pursuing a fair outcome to Afghanistan's presidential primary election. The meeting was filled with reports of rampant fraud and further allegations of corruption during the country's second-ever presidential election since the fall of the Taliban.

The latest results, with more than 60 percent of the ballots counted, show that incumbent president Hamid Karzai has 47.3 percent of the vote. As Afghanistan braces for a potential runoff election, we look at what Afghanistan can do to clean up their voting process with Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard, author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State and a fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations; and Emal Pasarly, a reporter in the BBC's Pashto section.

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Is Iraq Ready for Faster U.S. Troop Withdrawal?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Almost 100 people were killed yesterday as coordinated bomb attacks swept Baghdad. The truck bombs and mortar fire flattened buildings, collapsed highways, and left city residents stunned at the sudden increase in violence. The attacks came just as Iraqis consider a vote on whether to accelerate U.S. troop withdrawal. Today we discuss how the situation in Iraq is evolving with New York Times Baghdad correspondent Sam Dagher and Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman. Noah Feldman served as an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003.

For more, read Sam Dagher's article, 2 Blasts Expose Security Flaws in Heart of Iraq, in the New York Times.


Israel, Palestine and America's Role in Promoting Peace

Thursday, June 04, 2009

In President Obama's speech at Cairo University, he made it clear that U.S. and Israel have an "unbreakable" bond. He explained how the Holocaust continues to shape Israeli reactions to threats from the Arab world and to anti-Semitism around the world. But he also said it was undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For reactions to this portion of the President's speech we turn to Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau Chief of the New York Times. We also have Professor Peter Awn, director of the Middle East studies program at Columbia University and Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard and author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Council on Foreign Relations).


Reactions to Obama's Call For A New Beginning

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Speaking at Cairo University, President Obama touched on issues including Iraq, women's rights, economic development, and religious tolerance. For more analysis on relations between America and the Muslim world, we turn to Professor Peter Awn, director of the Middle East studies program at Columbia University and Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard and author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Council on Foreign Relations).

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Previewing President Obama's Cairo Speech

Thursday, June 04, 2009

As the president prepares to address the Muslim world from Cairo University in Egypt, The Takeaway previews his speech with two experts on the Middle East: Professor Peter Awn, director of the Middle East studies program at Columbia University and Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard and author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Council on Foreign Relations).


Obama and the Saudis' Mideast Peace Plan

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

In 2002, Saudi King Abdullah proposed a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinian territories. In exchange for peace with the Arab world, Israel would withdraw from the occupied territories and a Palestinian state would be established. Harvard Law Professor and author of "The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State," Noah Feldman joins The Takeaway for a look at what parts of the so-called Arab Peace Initiative the Obama administration is likely to embrace.

"President Bush was so heavily criticized, regionally and globally for not paying attention to the Middle East, that President Obama has to engage even though his advisers and people in the region all know that the odds of success right now are extremely low."

— Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman


Surprises on the Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. His pick is a New York Puerto Rican who is generally considered left-leaning. But once a judge is actually on the court, there's no way of knowing how they will rule. FDR hated Felix Frankfurter's love of judicial restraint. And David Souter, whose seat Sonia Sotomayor is nominated to fill, surprised George H.W. Bush, the president who nominated him, by becoming one of the more liberal justices. Joining us to discuss how Supreme Court justices develop their view is Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who once clerked for Justice Souter, and John Schwartz, the legal correspondent for The New York Times.

In case you missed it, here's President Obama officially nominating Judge Sotomayor:


The ripple effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Friday, January 02, 2009

For a week straight Israel and Hamas have been locked in nonstop air strikes, leaving over 400 dead and 2,000 wounded. Wars between Israel and Palestine have flared up for over the last 40 years. How long is this particular history destined to repeat itself? And, this time around, what countries are positioned to come out ahead? For a look at the worldwide ripple effects of this latest conflict, we turn to Noah Feldman. Noah Feldman is a law professor at Harvard University and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He’s also the author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State.

"The way for him to capitalize is to do something he's gotten very good at, which is to criticize the Arab states for talking a good game on behalf of the Palestinians and doing very little for the Palestinians."
— Harvard Law School's Noah Feldman on Iranian President Ahmadinejad's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Why lessons learned in Iraq may not apply to Afghanistan

Friday, November 28, 2008

"If we walked away, it's very likely the Taliban would take control of the country again."
—Noah Feldman on Afghanistan