Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
A seminar with Yasser El-Shimy, MEI Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, Boston University. Part of the Middle East Initiative Research Fellow Seminar Series.
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Why did Egypt's political transition (2011-2013) flounder? This talk argues that the nature of the Egyptian military makes it especially willing (and able) to intervene in political matters. In times of transition, democratic consolidation often rests on whether or not a military is praetorian (having the ability to dominate the political system at will), and thus predisposed to enter politics.
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