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 the recent decade India and Pakistan have experienced two events, the 1999 Kargil War and the 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament, which were seen as raising the possibility of a full scale war between them. In both events, Pakistan was seen as the perpetrator and was threatened by India with limited conventional military retaliation. Fearing its inability to block such an offensive, Pakistan has opted to develop tactical battlefield nuclear weapons. The speaker will explore the implications of this new weapon development for international security and any potential cooperation between India and Pakistan.
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