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.
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, HKS alumnus (MPP 2009) and member of the US Institute for Peace's Comparative Constitution Project, outlines common strategies used in dissident suppression, drawing upon case studies from around the world as well as his own experiences in the Venezuelan opposition and those of fellow HKS alumni Bakhtiyar Hajiyev MPP 2009 (currently in prison in Azerbaijan) and Leopoldo Lopez MPP 1996 (currently banned from elected office in Venezuela).
Moderated by Hugh O’Doherty, adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by the HKS Venezuelan Caucus, Center for Public Leadership, Center for International Development, Middle East Initiative, and Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe