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 lecture by Christina Lassen, formerly Denmark’s Ambassador to Syria and to Jordan.
Biography: Ambassador Lassen, fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, comes to Harvard directly from Damascus, where she for the last three years has served as Denmark’s ambassador to Syria and to Jordan. Previous assignments include: Head of Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Executive Secretariat; Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary of State; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister (Middle East and Transatlantic Affairs); Embassy Secretary for Political Affairs at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Lassen has a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree (Business and International Relations) from Copenhagen Business School, While at Harvard, she will conduct research on the Arab uprisings, and their implications and consequences for relations between the Arab world and the EU/US.