10 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Overcoming Forbidden Knowledge: Scientific advancements in nuclear weapons verification

Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am

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

Although the United States and Russia claim to have eliminated tens of thousands of nuclear weapons, neither side has verified these claims. Arms control treaties like New Start provide verification only at the level of delivery vehicles, the nuclear warheads are exempt from verification.  The problem is secrecy. Despite fifty years of research, no country has developed a way to test whether a purported warhead is real without putting classified design information at risk. Professor Scott Kemp of MIT will present what may be the first solution to this longstanding problem, drawing on new developments in mathematics, information theory, and experimental nuclear physics.  The history of the challenge, and a description of the new method, will be presented at a level suitable for a policy audience.  

Seminar - Open to the Public

Emerging Infectious Diseases Outbreaks and Research Capacity Building: A Core Component of the Global Health Security Agenda

Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia is an infectious diseases physician at Boston University School of Medicine. She oversees the medical response program for Boston University’s maximum containment biosafety level 4 program at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories and is the Medical Director of Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center. She serves on national and interagency groups focused on medical countermeasures, the intersection between research and clinical care for emerging pathogens.

Aerial view of The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia

Creative Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

I Was in the Room and Was Not Ready: The Players, Process, and Struggle of Building the United States Air Force Budget

Thu., Jan. 26, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

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

Speaker: Corey A. Simmons, Research Fellow, International Security Program

In this seminar, the speaker will discuss the context of the current Air Force budget position relative to the other military services, historic budget positions, and potential military spending. Furthermore, the speaker will identify the players, process, and struggle within the Air Force and Department of Defense highlighting the complicated nature of creating a consistent budget narrative. Finally the speaker will introduce two specific policy recommendations provided to Air Force Senior Leadership to enable to Air Force to more effectively posture our corporate Air Force to better support our most senior leaders as they ultimately decide resource allocation to align with our strategy.

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

Director Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

Ten Days In: What Do We Know About Trump’s National Security and Foreign Policy? – A Belfer Center Director's Lunch with AMB Wendy Sherman

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

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

RSVP is required to attend this event.

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with AMB Wendy Sherman.

Wendy R. Sherman is non-resident Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. Ambassador Sherman is also Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she brings decades of experience in business, government, international affairs, and politics to help ASG clients gain understanding of geopolitical developments, navigate international markets, and constructively address policy challenges around the world.

Arab Human Development Report 2016 Cover Design

Impact BBDO, Beirut

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

A panel discussion on the recently released Arab Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme on Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality, featuring lead authro Jad Chaaban, and contributors and MEI affiliates Ishac Diwan and Melani Cammett.

Major General Charles W. Hooper

U.S. AFRICOM Public Affairs

Director Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

U.S.-Egypt Security Relationship

Wed., Feb. 1, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

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

RSVP is required to attend this event.

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with MG Charles W. Hooper.  

MG Charles W. Hooper, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché-Cairo will speak on Egypt’s current economic and security challenges, as well as the significance of the US-Egypt bilateral relationship to security in the Middle East.

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Conference - Open to the Public

POSTPONED: Second Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 | 8:30am - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

This conference has been postponed until Fall 2017. 


The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies(Oxford University Press, 2016).

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein

U.S. Air Force

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

Lt. Gen Weinstein on Nuclear Deterrence

Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

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

Lt Gen Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Air Force, for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, will speak on nuclear deterrence. 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.