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.
Iran's new leadership inspires some hope that a diplomatic solution could be found to the stand-off over Iran's nuclear activities. But there is little agreement in the United States, especially in the Congress, over what an acceptable diplomatic solution would be. Israel and the United States might differ, too. George Perkovich — based on twenty-years' work on the Iranian nuclear challenge and extensive interactions with U.S., European, Israeli, and Iranian officials — will sketch a framework that could satisfy all sides, and then describe why it may be harder to implement a deal in Washington than in Tehran.
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