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.
The United States is the leader in foreign arms sales, dominating a multibillion dollar global market. Advocates of U.S. arms sales argue these deals secure U.S. allies and influence abroad, while critics charge U.S. military transfers contribute to destructive and destabilizing regional arms races. This seminar will analyze the different approaches of the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations to arms sales to wealthy petrodollar states during the 1970s, a transformational period in the global foreign arms trade.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.