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.
In a European Union driven apart by centrifugal forces, Germany has emerged as a - if not the - leading nation in the 28-country bloc, able to marshal critical negotiations on the future of the Eurozone, pushing for a compromise solution on the migration crisis,and pursuing Germany's and Europe's international objectives with respect to fragile states to the Union's South and the relationship with Russia in the East. Praised for this role in the international press, domestically this role is contested - still seen with considerable concern. Similarly, European partners see a number of German efforts to address volatilities as a country overstepping its boundaries, usurping their authority. Dr. Uli Speck, EU and Germany expert will address a number of critical questions around Germany's changing leadership role in the European Union and in global affairs with Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director, Cathryn Cluver.