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 conversation with Future of Diplomacy Project's Executive Director, Cathryn Cluver, Janine di Giovanni, one of the most experienced conflict reporters in the world will discuss her new book, "Dispatches From Syria: The Morning They Came for Us," and reflect on her experiences covering some of the world's most harrowing conflicts, including the war in Bosnia. This event is part of the Future of Diplomacy Project's "Women in International Reporting" Series.
Janine di Giovanni is the Middle East editor of Newsweek and the Pakis Scholar at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she is concentrating on Track 2 Diplomacy; International Law and International Security.
She is also a non-resident International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where she moderates their geopolitical debate series. She is a frequent moderator of high-level panels; and an and analyst on foreign policy at conferences, for the World Bank, the UN, Harvard, Princeton, the LSE, the World Economic Forum and other institutions.
Her TED talk on conflict resolution (filmed at the USIP) reached more than 730,000 viewers. She is a former adviser on the Syria conflict to the UNHCR, and has advised senior officials on policy for the EU, NATO and others. She was a delegate to William Hague’s conference on addressing sexual violence during conflict and has published extensively on the subject.
As a journalist, she has reported war and conflict and the aftermath for more than 20 years in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa, winning eight awards and publishing seven books (the most recent, “The Morning they Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria” Comes out in March, 2016). She was recently voted by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has named her one of the 100 most influential people reducing armed conflict. Currently working in Syria and Iraq, she is focusing on ISIS and other insurgency groups in the Middle East, but her overall thesis is on talking to non-state actors to reduce conflict.