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 panel discussion with:
Sir Michael Leigh, Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund
Dr. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Middle East Program
Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)
Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Visiting Associate Prof. of Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
Dr. Payam Mohseni, Director of the Iran Project and Fellow for Iran Studies, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
The Center for European Studies’ Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group and the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative will co-host a distinguished panel of experts on the prospects for energy as a source of peace and conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The discovery of sizable reserves of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Cyprus and Turkey, as well as anticipated finds in Mediterranean coasts of other countries in the region, such as Israel and Lebanon, may be a potential game-changer in the region's economic and security matrix.
Can the region's changing energy profile create new possibilities for peace out of seemingly intractable conflicts? Does the exploitation of the gas reserves create new possibilities for a diversification of energy resources and the easing of economic austerity pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean and, more broadly, Europe?
Join us for a roundtable discussion on the implications of new energy sources in the Eastern Mediterranean for Europe and the Middle East.