24 Upcoming Events

Iraqi Kurdish Flag army uniform at Ibrahim Khalil Border, Iraq, August 2009

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Strategies of Insurgent Diplomacy: Evidence from the Iraqi Kurdish Liberation Movement

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Speaker: Morgan L. Kaplan, Research Fellow, International Security Program

From Benjamin Franklin's mission to Paris in 1776, to Yasser Arafat’s speech at the United Nations in 1974, to Syrian opposition lobbying today, acts of insurgent diplomacy have defined some of the most memorable events in international politics. International diplomacy is a ubiquitous feature of insurgent politics because it is intrinsically linked to how groups pursue third-party political and military support. This seminar examines the varying strategies of insurgent diplomacy, and more specifically, asks when and why rebel groups focus their diplomatic attention on certain outside actors over others.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

Boston’s Shadow War: SS intelligence, Mi6, & the Christian Front, 1939-1945

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Fr. Charles R. Gallagher, S.J. Associate Professor of History at Boston College will speak on “Boston’s Shadow War: SS intelligence, Mi6, & the Christian Front, 1939-1945.”  This seminar is open to Harvard ID Card holders only on a first come first served basis. The seminar is off the record and nothing said can be published or recorded without the speaker’s consent.

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

Documentary Screening: They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017 | 6:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

The Belfer Center will be hosting a screening of a documentary about an extraordinary chapter in American history. They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief chronicles the U.S. humanitarian response in the wake of the Armenian genocide.  The story is inspiring and especially relevant given the current refugee crisis in the same region. 

Still from Barakah Meets Barakah, Saudi Arabia, 2015

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Special Series - Open to the Public

Middle East Film Series: Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia, 2015)

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017 | 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Science Center - D

New location and time: This event has been moved to Science Center Hall D (1 Oxford Street) at 6:45pm to accommodate the overwhelming response! Thank you all for your interest!

Join us for a screening of Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia, 2015), an independently produced and directed Saudi rom-com that was picked as Saudi Arabia's second-ever Foreign Language Oscar submission. Directed by Mahmoud Sabbagh.

The Battle for Syria, Yale University Press, 2016

Yale University Press

Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Talk: Syria’s Civil War and the Post-American Middle East

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye A, 5th Floor

A seminar with Christopher Phillips, Senior Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa programme on his latest book The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East. Moderated by Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, HKS.

Protest in Tehran against execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in 2016.

Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Rivalry and Fragmentation after the Arab Uprisings

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

Simon Mabon (Lecturer, Lancaster University), will explore the rivalry between two major Gulf powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, after the Arab Uprisings. With the fragmentation of a number of states across the region in 2011 and political dynamics challenged in a range of different ways, Riyadh and Tehran found opportunities to improve their standing across the Middle East, often in zero sum ways. Moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The History of Cyber and Intelligence Operations

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017 | 5:15pm - 6:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye A, 5th Floor

Please join us for a panel discussion with NSA Historian Michael Warner and Historian of GCHQ Richard Aldrich, moderated by the International Security Program's Dr. Calder Walton and the Cyber Security Project's Director Dr. Michael Sulmeyer. This event is open to the public, but seating and admittance will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

“Homeland Security and Crisis Management Under Trump” - A Conversation with former DHS Chief of Staff Paul Rosen

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye A, 5th Floor

What will the U.S. government’s third largest cabinet department look like under Trump? The Homeland Security Project will host a conversation with former DHS Chief of Staff Paul Rosen, assessing how the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security will handle crisis management and other national security challenges.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Eo6KJRPdwZEoTsaS2

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

Belfer Center Student and Fellow Discussion On National Security in the Age of Trump with Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies, CFR

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Student and Fellow Discussion with Max Boot. The discussion will take place in the Belfer Library, and space is limited.  

Max Boot is a military historian and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Max Boot’s latest book—The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam—is due out in early 2018 from Norton/Liveright.