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.
Although most nuclear security commentators are focused on Iran and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, an accelerated three-way rivalry in the production of nuclear explosive plutonium is in the making in East Asia between Japan, China, and, South Korea.
Join MTA to learn more about what this portends and what might be yet done to head it off from former Department of Defense Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. The Belfer Center's Will Tobey will moderate this seminar.
Both Tobey and Sokolski will have just returned from a series of discussions on these issues with senior Chinese and Japanese officials in Beijing and Tokyo.
This event is open to the public. Coffee and tea provided.