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.
A seminar with Rola el-Husseini, Research Associate Professor at MEMAC, the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author of Pax Syriana.
Dr. Husseini will discuss contemporary Lebanese politics, including her recent book, Pax Syriana, and her most recent research on Lebanese Sunni leadership and Islamism, particularly in connection with current events in Syria and Iraq.
About Rola el-Husseini:
Rola el-Husseini is a research associate professor at MEMAC, the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has previously held positions at Texas A&M University and at Yale University. Her research interests include Lebanese and Syrian politics, political Islam,Iran and Shiism.
Her work has appeared in Contemporary Study of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Middle East Journal, Orient and Third World Quarterly in addition to several edited volumes.
She is the author of Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon (Syracuse University Press, 2012) which includes a discussion of events in Lebanon from 1989 to 2011, with a primary focus on the period of Syrian institutionalized influence which lasted from the Ta'if agreement that ended the civil war to the assassination of Rafiq Hariri in 2005.