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.
Since 2006, drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have contributed to over 60,000 deaths in Mexico. Key civic institutions such as the police and the army have been compromised by the DTOs' activities. Yet U.S. opinion leaders and foreign policy officials have virtually ignored this profound challenge, despite the two countries' extensive geographic, economic, and cultural ties. Speaker Evelyn Krache Morris (Ph.D., MBA) will explore possible reasons why the DTOs receive so little attention and the potential ramifications of this neglect.
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