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.
Please note location change: event now being held in WAPPP Cason Conference Room, Taubman Building, Room 102 (15 Eliot Street, Cambridge).
A seminar with Martha Myers, MENA Operations Director, ARK Group.
Everyone, including Bashar Al-Assad, ISIS, the opposition, and Jihadists, has a narrative about what has happened and what is happening in Syria. Everyone villainizes the other. Everyone represents themselves as the source of salvation, earthly or otherwise. Everyone seeks to dehumanize and demoralize the other. So whose narrative is correct? Why is narrative important? How are narratives being used in this conflict? Can we support some kind of decent outcome by contributing to the cacophony?
Co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Middle East Forum.
Martha Myers has over 30 years of experience in Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and the Sultanate of Oman. Her professional experience includes having worked for non-governmental organizations, the United Nations, and donor agencies. She has conceptualized, designed, and managed a full spectrum of response including humanitarian/emergency, resilience, and development. Areas of particular interest include civil society development, capacity building of people and organizations, gender, and advocacy.