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.
Why do so few states acquire nuclear weapons? Why do most states abandon their nuclear weapons programs, and what distinguishes those that persevere? In other words, what determines whether states commit to their nuclear weapons programs in the long term? This seminar examines the role of nuclear entrepreneurs in determining the political sustainability of nuclear weapons programs.
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Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
Thsi seminar is co-sponsored by Project on Managing the Atom.