5991 Past Events

In this aerial photo from files dated Oct. 20, 2005, Muslim worshippers gather outside the Dome of the Rock Mosque, in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and Jews gather at the Western Wall, bottom center, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City.

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Humanitarian Negotiations Series: Humanitarian Access Across Political and Physical Barriers in Israel & Palestine

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

Students from Middle East Initiative-supported J-Term Course on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiations in the Middle East (IGA-353M) present their findings and reflect on their experiences navigating within the Israeli-Palestinian context.

Moderated by Claude Bruderlein, MEI Faculty Affiliate, Senior Advisor to the President, International Committee for the Red Cross, Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, and Staff

“Mexico: Wall or No Wall?” - A Conversation with former DHS Assistant Secretary and Border Czar Alan Bersin

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Room 332

Is “The Wall” a realistic possibility? The Homeland Security Project will host a conversation with former DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer Alan Bersin, assessing how a Trump presidency will affect America’s immigration policy and relationship with Mexico.

 

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here

Trans-Alaska Pipeline, northern Brooks Range, Alaska. Rocks in the background produce oil on the North Slope.

U.S. Geological Survey

Special Series - Open to the Public

Rational Middle Series: Finding Energy's Rational Middle

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

The Rational Middle Energy Series is a series of short films created by Gregory Kallenberg and the team that produced the acclaimed documentary, “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future.” Through their travels with “Haynesville,” Gregory Kallenberg and his team saw that there was a need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s energy issues. This desire culminated in the Rational Middle Energy Series. Rational Middle films “The Great Transition” and “The Methane Question” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Why Nuclear Energy Programs Rarely Lead to Proliferation

Thu., Feb. 16, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

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

Speaker: Nicholas L. Miller, Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Much conventional wisdom suggests that states with nuclear energy programs are more likely to seek or acquire nuclear weapons. In this seminar, the speaker will argue that the link between nuclear energy programs and proliferation is overstated. While energy programs increase the technical capacity of a state to build nuclear weapons, they also (1) increase the costliness of nonproliferation sanctions, (2) increase the odds that a parallel nuclear weapons program is detected, and (3) reduce the incentives to weaponize by providing a hedging alternative. Collectively, these three mechanisms help explain why states with nuclear energy programs have not been significantly more likely to seek or acquire nuclear weapons historically. 

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

National Counterterrorism Center and Intelligence

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

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

Mr. Nicholas Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will speak on the NCTC and the role of intelligence in policy making. 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.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Michael Eisenstadt: Iran's Approach to Cyber

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

1 Brattle Square - Suite 470

Please join us for a conversation with Director of the Military and Security Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Mr. Michael Eisenstadt, on "Iran's Approach to Cyber." Mr. Eisenstadt served for twenty-six years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, which included stints in Iraq, Israel, The West Bank, Jordan, and Turkey, as well as deployments to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and U.S. Central Command headquarters.

This event is open to the public, but seating and lunch will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Curbing Nuclear Latency: How International Agreements Promote Benign Nuclear Assistance

Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

Does civil nuclear assistance increase the risk of nuclear proliferation? Previous scholarship that suggests a positive correlation between civil nuclear assistance and nuclear weapons proliferation explains only the first half of the nuclear era, roughly until the mid-1970s, and does not reflect significant changes made to the world’s nuclear export environment. After India carried out a nuclear test in 1974, the international community established the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a multilateral nuclear export control regime, to regulate civil nuclear assistance. Since then, the NSG has been effective in curbing sensitive nuclear assistance (the transfer of uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing technologies), which allows recipients to acquire “nuclear latency.” Kim argues that civil nuclear assistance does not increase nuclear proliferation as long as sensitive nuclear assistance that contributes to nuclear latency is prevented.  By facilitating cooperation among states in curbing such assistance, the NSG has successfully promoted benign nuclear assistance. 

Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post

Seminar - Open to the Public

Seismic Shift: Climate, Energy & the Media in the Age of Trump

Tue., Feb. 14, 2017 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

Bell Hall

A talk and discussion with two distinguished Washington Post reporters at the center of coverage of the Trump & Obama Administrations, Congress, U.S. and international climate, environment, and energy controversies.