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.
Soli Özel, a Turkish journalist, professor, and Spring 2013 Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, will deliver his keynote address on Turkey's vision for its growing role of in modern international affairs
Soli Özel is the foreign news editor and a columnist for the Gazete Habertürk, one of Turkey’s largest daily newspapers. Since 2010, he has also served on the faculty of Kadir Has University in the Department of International Relations.
Professor Özel has worked in the intersection of academia, foreign policy, and the press for over two decades. From 1998 until 2007, he was the Editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy-Türkiye, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Private View, the quarterly publication of TUSIAD, Turkey’s top business association. He has also written as a columnist for several of Turkey’s most popular newspapers, including Sabah (2002-2009).
After studying at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and University of California, Berkeley, Professor Özel taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1988-1989) and Johns Hopkins SAIS (1993-1995) before returning to teach in Turkey at Bogazici University (1995-1996) and Bilgi University (1995-2010). He has been published in numerous regional and international academic journals in both English and Turkish, and his first book, published in 2009, is entitled Rebuilding a Partnership: Turkish-American Relations for a New Era—A Turkish Perspective.