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BCSIA Annual Report, 1996-1997: BCSIA Events

7. BCSIA Events

Center-wide Events

For more than two decades, the Center has had an extensive program of substantive seminars, events, and conferences. These regular meetings are sponsored by the Center''s core, the four major programs, and many of its research projects within the programs— often in association with other academic institutions at Harvard or in the Cambridge area. These events serve all three of the Center''s main purposes: research, training, and outreach. In 1996-97 there were sixteen separate events series at the Center.
BCSIA Director''s Lunch Seminars
Director''s Lunch Seminars are designed primarily for important substantive presentations on subjects of interest to the Center by leading experts in the relevant field, whether from Harvard or beyond. Attendance is limited to BCSIA faculty, research fellows, and staff, and affiliated faculty and researchers from the Kennedy School, Harvard, or the Boston area. The seminars are held in the BCSIA Library and are catered.

July 26, 1996
Ambassador William Courtney, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia
"Georgia and Russian Policy in the Caucasus"

October 8, 1996
Ni Shixiong, Deputy Director of the Center for American Studies and Vice-Chair of the International Relations Department, Fudin University
"Sino-U.S. Relations: Problems and Prospects"

October 17, 1996
György Bánlaki, Hungary''s Ambassador to the United States
"NATO Enlargement: Aspirants and Criteria?"

October 21, 1996
Coit D. Blacker, Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
"The Logic of Engagement: The Context and Conduct of U.S. Policy toward Russia and the NIS"

October 31, 1996
Alexei Arbatov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Defense, Russian State Duma
"Current Russian Attitudes on Arms Control and Nonproliferation"

December 11, 1996
Elizabeth D. Sherwood, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia
"Building Cooperative Security Ties with the Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union"

April 15, 1997
Paul Doty, Founder of the Center for Science and International Affairs
"A Personal Odyssey: Forty Years of Dialogue with Moscow"

April 16, 1997
Former Senator Alan Cranston
"Coping with Nuclear Weapons"

June 19, 1997
Steve Fetter, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Physics, University of Maryland
"Climate Change and the Transition to a Sustainable Energy Supply"

April 29, 1997
William J. Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, Stanford University
"Defense Legacy: Defense Issues during the First Clinton Term"
BCSIA Forum Events
The Kennedy School''s Arco Forum of Public Affairs is an internationally acclaimed venue for speeches by heads of state; leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the press; policy analysts; and community organizers. Forum events, which can hold up to 500 people, are open to the public and are often recorded for television and radio broadcast. BCSIA cosponsors and helps to invite speakers from all four of its program areas.

September 12, 1996
The Honorable Thabo Mbeki, Executive Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa
"South Africa''s Challenge: Growth, Sustainable Development and Good Governance"

October 5, 1996
Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada; Barbara Roberts, former Governor of Oregon; Shirley Williams, Pubic Service Professor of Elector Politics, Member of the House of Lords; Susan Estrich (moderator), Columnist, USA Today, Campaign Manager, Dukakis for President
"An International Women''s Forum: ''Views from the Inside''"

October 9, 1996
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
"The Challenges of Peace: A Jordanian Perspective"

October 16, 1996
Dr. Andrew T. Weil, Founder, Center for Integrative Medicine; Director, Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
"A Society of Addicts: Drugs and Public Policy," 1996 Norman E. Zinberg Lecture

October 17, 1996
The Honorable Mickey Kantor, United States. Secretary of Commerce
"The Global Economy in the 21st Century"

October 24, 1996
His Excellency Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations
"The United Nations and International Terrorism"

October 28, 1996
Her Excellency Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
"World Order, Internal Conflict, and Refugees"

January 15, 1997
The Honorable Warren Christopher, United States. Secretary of State
"American Diplomacy for the 21st Century," A Farewell Address

February 24, 1997
The Honorable Carol Browner, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency
"Protecting Public Health: EPA''s New Proposed Clean Air Standards"

March 5, 1997
His Excellency Theodore Pangalos, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic
"Problems and Prospects of European Integration"

March 12, 1997
The Honorable Alex Atwood, Member Social Democratic and Labor Party and Belfast City Councilor; and Billy Hutchinson, Senior Spokesman, Progressive Unionist Party
"Northern Ireland: A View from Both Sides"

April 2, 1997
The Honorable James T. Laney, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; and His Excellency Kun-Woo Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States
"The United States and Korea: An Assessment of Bilateral Relations"

April 30, 1997
The Honorable Hugo Paemen, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
"Europe and the United States in the Next Millennium: Together or Apart?"

May 1, 1997
The Honorable Ljubica Acevska, Ambassador, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; the Honorable Mircea Dan Geoana, Ambassador of Romania; the Honorable Robert Papa, Deputy Ambassador of Albania; George Papandreou, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Hellenic Republic; Malik Skaljic, Deputy Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina
"From Conflict to Cooperation: A Marshall Plan for the Balkans?"

This seminar series, new in 1996-97, forges a link between the BCSIA research community and the students at the Kennedy School. Organized jointly by the Center and the students'' International Affairs Professional Interest Council, the seminars focus on issues of particular interest to Kennedy School students. Speakers address groups of approximately 30 students.

October 8, 1996
Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, Lecturer on Public Policy
"Arms Control and the U.S.-Russian Relationship"

October 29, 1996
Peter Orszag, Senior Adviser to the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House
"Economists and Economics in the International Policy Process"

November 13, 1996
Ashton B. Carter, Ford Foundation Professor of Science and International Affairs
"International Security Policy"

November 19, 1996
Philip Zelikow, Associate Professor of Public Policy
"International Studies at the Kennedy School: A Conversation"

December 2, 1996
Joseph Nye, Jr., Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy
"U.S. and Asian Security"

February 10, 1997
Geri Augusto, Lecturer in Public Policy; Robert Blackwill, Lecturer in Public Policy; Douglas MacEachin, Intelligence Officer in Residence; Brian Mandell, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
"Job Opportunities in International Affairs"

February 12, 1997
Douglas MacEachin, Intelligence Officer in Residence
"Intelligence and Policy: Confronting the Faultlines"

February 26, 1997
Jendayi Frazer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
"U.S. Policy toward Africa"

March 12, 1997
Graham Allison, Director, BCSIA, and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government
"International Affairs, Security, and Political Economy at KSG: Preparing for Professional Opportunities"

April 14, 1997
Shai Feldman, Senior Research Fellow, BCSIA
"Scholars as Diplomats: Track-II Talks in the Middle East"

BCSIA Board of Directors Meetings
The BCSIA Board of Directors meets every Tuesday of the academic year. The purpose of the meetings is to allow Board Members to keep abreast of the research projects under way across the Center''s areas of expertise, and to maintain the sense of community and ownership among the Center''s leaders. The focus of these meetings is an interdisciplinary seminar, about half of which are led by Board Members, and the other half by distinguished outside guests. Most meetings take place in the BCSIA Library over lunch; the third meeting of each month, however, takes place off-site over dinner.

September 24, 1996
Robert Blackwill, Lecturer on Public Policy
"U.S.-Russian Arms Control"

October 1, 1996
Ashton Carter, Ford Foundation Professor of International Affairs
"What I Learned in Washington"

October 8, 1996
Shai Feldman, Senior Research Associate, BCSIA
"The Situation: Where We Go from Here"

October 15, 1996
Joseph Nye, Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government
"Organizing for Combating NBC Terrorism"

October 22, 1996
William Clark, Director, GEA
"Science Policy for Global Environmental Management"

October 29, 1996
Mrs. Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
"Challenges Facing UNHCR"

November 5, 1996
Ernest May, Charles Warren Professor
"Accountability for the Intelligence Community"

November 12, 1996
John Holdren, Director, STPP
"Managing the Atom"

November 19, 1996
BCSIA Board of Directors Dinner Meeting
"Roundtable Discussion on U.S. Foreign Policy"

November 26, 1996
Graham Allison, Director, BCSIA
"An Agenda for U.S.-Russian-European Relations"

December 3, 1996
Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences
"Preventing Biological Weapons"

December 10, 1996
Henry Lee, Director, ENRP
"U.S. Policy on Climate Change"

December 17, 1996
Albert Carnesale, Provost, Harvard University
"The University and International Affairs"

February 4, 1997
Shai Feldman, Senior Research Associate, BCSIA
"After Hebron: Israeli-Syrian Negotiations?"

February 11, 1997
James Terry Scott, Director, National Security Program
"Future Directions for the National Security Program at Harvard"

February 18, 1997
John Deutch, Institute Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"American Intelligence"

February 25, 1997
Michael Nacht, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland
"U.S.-Russian Arms Control"

March 4, 1997
John Holdren, Director, STPP
"U.S. Energy R&D Strategy"

March 11, 1997
Graham Allison, Director, BCSIA
"A Second Manhattan Project?"

March 18, 1997
Paul Doty, Director Emeritus, BCSIA
"The Nuclear Weapons Legacy"

April 1, 1997
Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
"Strategic Consequences of European Fragmentation"

April 15, 1997
Ashton Carter, Ford Foundation Professor of International Security
"U.S. Defense Policy in the Second Term"

April 22, 1997
John White, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
"The Quadrennial Defense Review"

April 29, 1997
William J. Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, Stanford University
"Defense Legacy: Defense Issues during the First Clinton Term"

May 20, 1997
Alan Simpson, former United States Senator
"On Teaching at Harvard"

BCSIA Women in Science and International Affairs
The forum is a cross-disciplinary series open to all fellows, staff and faculty at BCSIA. The series has a priority, but not exclusive, focus on women of achievement in the substantive areas represented in the Center: international security, environment and natural resources, science technology and public policy, and strengthening democratic institutions. Between 15 and 30 people generally attend WSIA''s seminars, which are held in the BCSIA Library.

February 26, 1997
Steven Miller, Program Director, ISP
"An Overview of the History of CSIA"
March 5, 1997
Ann Simpson and former Senator Alan Simpson
"Speaking on Political Life in Washington, D.C."

April 21, 1997
Sheila Burke, Executive Dean, Kennedy School of Government
"Science and International Affairs Issues in Congress and the Challenges Facing Women in a Predominantly Male Environment"

April 29, 1997
William Clark, Project Director, GEA
"Changing Roles in the Governance of Global Environmental Risks: A 30-year Perspective"

May 20, 1997
Robert Frosch, Senior Research Associate, BCSIA
"Is Academia Effective in Influencing Policy? An Insider''s Perspective"

The Colloquium is a Thursday afternoon seminar series that features U.S. and internationally prominent researchers and policymakers working on a broad range of issues involving the threat of CBW and responses to it. The colloquium participants are a well-informed group of approximately 20 graduate students, research fellows, faculty, and consultants from New England who are interested in the problems created by CBW proliferation and terrorism. Newcomers are welcome and the colloquium is open to the public.

October 17, 1996
György Bánlaki, Hungary''s Ambassador to the United States
"NATO Enlargement: Aspirants and Criteria"

March 13, 1997
Jessica Eve Stern, author of Loose Nukes, Poisons, and Terrorism: New Threats to Human Security
"Poisons and Terrorism"

April 1, 1997
Johnathan Tucker, Director of the Chemical and Biological Nonproliferation Project at the Monterey Institute of International Studies
"The Utility of Sampling and Analysis for Compliance Monitoring of the BWC"

April 7, 1997
Anne Harrington, Coordinator of the Nonproliferation and Science Cooperation Programs at the Bureau of Military and Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State
"Redirecting Soviet BW Expertise: Old Problems in New Search of New Solutions"

April 10, 1997
Gordon Vachon, Head of Verification Research at the Nonproliferation Arms Control and Disarmament Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada
"Progress in the Ad Hoc Group to Strengthen the BWC?"

May 12, 1997
Panel discussion with Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.); Lori Esposito Murray, Special Assistant to the President of the United States; and Professor Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
"Celebrating CWC Ratification"

International Security Brown Bag Seminars
The International Security Brown Bags provide an opportunity for BCSIA research fellows and visiting scholars to discuss their ongoing projects in an informal setting. Speakers present their work and then field questions from the audience. The Brown Bags are held regularly on Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the BCSIA Library.

September 27, 1996
Owen R. Coté, Jr., Assistant Director, ISP
"Managing the Atom with Russia: DOE, Minatom, and Nuclear Power"

October 4, 1996
Bradley Thayer, Research Fellow, ISP
"Creating Stability in New World Orders: Collective Security, Concerts, and the Balance of Power"

October 11, 1996
Robert Newman, Research Fellow, ISP
"Terrorist Acquisition of NBC Weapons"

October 18, 1996
Daniel Lindley, Program Associate, ISP
"UN Peacekeeping in Cyprus and the Middle East"

October 25, 1996
Sean Lynn-Jones, Research Associate, ISP
"Why America Should Spread Democracy"

November 1, 1996
Randall Forsberg, Executive Director, Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies
"Defense Industries after the Cold War: A Security Conundrum"

November 8, 1996
Brian Taylor, Research Fellow, ISP
"Soviet Military Organizational Culture and the August 1991 Coup"

November 15, 1996
Michael E. Brown, Associate Director, ISP
"Assessing Ethnic Policies: Governments and Minorities in Asia and the Pacific"

December 6, 1996
Elizabeth Rogers, Research Fellow, ISP
"Freezing Assets: Precision Guided Economic Sanctions?"

December 13, 1996
Harvey Sapolsky, Director, Mass Security Studies Program
"Come Home, America: A New Strategy"

January 31, 1997
Jane Sharp, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Defence Studies, King''s College, London
"U.S. Policy toward the Former Yugoslavia in Clinton''s Second Term"

February 7, 1997
Matthew Bunn, Assistant Director, STPP
"The Control of Fissile Materials in the Clinton Administration"

February 14, 1997
Douglas MacEachin, National Security Fellow, Kennedy School of Government
The Uncertain Future of Intelligence Analysis: Confronting the Fault Line

February 28, 1997
Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Washington, D.C.
Competitive Strategies: An Approach to Proliferation

March 7, 1997
Marie Chevrier, Senior Research Fellow, BCSIA; Director Harvard-Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Warfare Armament and Arms Limitation
"Nonaligned Countries in Disarmament Negotiations after the Cold War"

March 14, 1997
Gunther Bachler, Visiting Fellow, ISP; Director, Swiss Peace Research Institute
"Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: Patterns and Solutions"

March 21, 1997
Laura Miller, National Security Fellow, Olin Institute
"Interpreting Harassment in the Military"

April 4, 1997
Jack Montgomery, Director, Pacific Basin Research Center, Kennedy School of Government
"Positive Human Rights Policies in Asia and the Pacific"

April, 11, 1997
Karen Ballentine, Research Fellow, ISP
"Federalism, Nationalism, and State Integrity"

April 18, 1997
Allison Macfarlane, Research Fellow, ISP and STPP
"The Future of High-Level Nuclear Waste: Updates and Suggestions"

April 25, 1997
Shai Feldman, Senior Research Fellow, BCSIA
Track-II Talks and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East

May 9, 1997
Christopher Layne, Visiting Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
"Why the U.S. Should Not Export Democracy"

"Future of War" Dinners
The Olin Institute, BCSIA, and the MIT Security Studies Program continued to cosponsor a seminar series on the future of warfare. The meetings, attended by faculty members, senior graduate students, and senior staff members from both MIT and Harvard, explore how the preparation for, the causes of, and the conduct of warfare will change in the post-Cold War era. Stephen P. Rosen, Associate Director of the Olin Institute; Owen R. Coté, Jr., Assistant Director of the International Security Program; and Harvey Sapolsky, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program, organized and cochaired the seminar.

October 10, 1996
Cindy Williams, Congressional Budget Office, and Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment
"U.S. Defense Spending"

October 31, 1996
Kenneth Pollack, National Security Council
"Arab Culture and Warfare"
November 14, 1996
Paul Kern, U.S. Army, CG 4th Infantry Division
"Force XXI"

February 6, 1997
Charles Horner, U.S. Air Force (ret.)
"The Strategy of Rapid Dominance"

May 8, 1997
John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
"The Future of America''s Continental Commitment"

Strategy and Arms Control Dinners
The Center has sponsored Strategy and Arms Control Dinners since the mid-1980s. The seminars generally feature a major substantive presentation by a distinguished outside speaker. The Dinners are usually attended by 40-60 leading specialists in security subjects from Harvard, MIT, and other Boston-area universities.

March 18, 1996
Joseph Nye, Jr., Dean, Kennedy School of Government
"International Conflict after the Cold War: Possibilities for Prevention"

April 30, 1996
Ashton B. Carter, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
"Pragmatic Partnerships: Defense Policy toward the NIS"

May 6, 1996
Sig Hecker, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Thoughts on Nuclear Futures and Science"

October 1, 1996
Bernard Schwartz, Chairman and CEO, Loral Corporation
"Defense Downsizing and/or Conversion: A Case Study"


The IIP has provided a neutral, interdisciplinary forum in both Cambridge and Washington for addressing a wide range of emerging policy issues relating to information infrastructure, its development, use, and growth. The IIP convenes experts from government, industry, and academia, and draws on the perspectives and insights of policymakers, managers, economists, lawyers, political scientists, and technologists in pursuit of its mission to advance the understanding of emerging issues related to the development of information infrastructure.

September 8-10, 1996
"Coordination and Administration of the Internet"
The workshop addressed issues in the international coordination and management of Internet operations.
Cosponsors: IIP, Commercial Internet Exchange, International Telecommunication Union, and Internet Society

October 29-30, 1996
"The First 100 Feet: Options for Internet and Broadband Access"
This conference looked at options for Internet and broadband access from the perspective of home owners, apartment complexes, and small businesses. It evaluated opportunities and obstacles for "bottom-up" infrastructure development and the implications for traditional and alternative providers at the neighborhood, regional, and national levels.
Cosponsors: IIP (Lewis M. Branscomb, Brian Kahin and James Keller), Freedom Forum (Adan Powell), President''s National Economic Council (Thomas Kalil, U.S. Department of Energy (Mary Anne Scott and Robert Aiken)

November 18-19, 1996
"Evaluating the Clinton-Gore Technology Initiatives"
Cosponsors: STPP, Competitiveness Policy Council, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

January 23-25, 1997
"Internet Publishing and Beyond: The Economics of Digital Information and Intellectual Property"
The purpose of this symposium was to broaden and deepen the understanding of emerging economic and business models for global publishing and information access and the attendant transformation of international information markets, institutions, and businesses.
Cosponsors: IIP; Center for Law and Information Technology, Harvard Law School; Council on Library Resources; and Coalition for Networked Information

May 4-8, 1997
Executive Education Seminar "The Exploding Internet: New Game, New Rules"
Senior managers, counsel, and policymakers explored the Internet''s complex infrastructure and its global business, political, and social transformations.
Cosponsors: IIP, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School

Environment and Natural Resources Program
ENRP Outreach
The Environment and Natural Resources Program outreach includes hosting seminars, executive workshops, and lectures that address a myriad of timely environmental policy issues each year.

October 28, 1996
Matthew Coon Come, James Bay Cree Grand Chief
"Who Really Owns North America?"

November 12, 1996
Sir Crispin Tickell, Chair, Climate Institute, United Kingdom; Britain''s Ambassador to the United Nations, 1987-1990
"Greenery and Governance"

December 3, 1996
Ted Parson and Karen Fisher-Vanden
"Report of the Joint Implementation Project"

December 19, 1996
Workshop on Electric Utilities and Climate Change
Dialogue attended by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and senior executives from 10 U.S. utilities

January 20-24, 1997
Leaders: Henry Lee, Tony Gomez-Ibañez
International Workshop: Brazil Infrastructure Project Workshop— Transportation
São Paulo, Brazil

March 3, 1997
Mary Gade, Illinois Secretary of Environment and Chair, OTAG
An open discussion on the integrated plan developed by OTAG''s 37 member states for reducing smog and its precursors, NOx and VOCs

April 10, 1997
Timothy Wirth, Undersecretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State
An open dialogue on the Clinton administration''s initiatives in international environmental affairs

May 15, 1997
Robert Repetto, Vice President and Senior Economist, World Resources Institute
"Economic Impacts of CO2 Abatement: A Meta Analysis"

May 21-23, 1997
Henry Lee, Tony Gomez-Ibañez
International Workshop: Brazil Infrastructure Project— Infrastructure Management
São Paulo, Brazil

May 27, 1997
National Park Service Funding Strategy Meeting

Environmental Economics and Policy Seminars
The Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy features biweekly presentations by leading scholars from throughout the United States. The seminar is hosted by Professor Robert Stavins of the Kennedy School and Professor Martin Weitzman of the Department of Economics; participants include faculty and graduate students from Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other area universities.

December 4, 1996
Gilbert Metcalf, Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University
"Measuring Returns to Energy Conservation: Evidence from Micro Data"

December 11, 1996
Wayne Gray, Professor of Economics, Clark University
"Plant Location: Do Different Industries Respond Differently to Environmental Regulation?"

GEA Project Seminars
The Global Environmental Assessment Seminar promotes the project''s overall goal of shaping a critical understanding and evaluation of experience in global environmental assessment that draws collectively on the perspectives of assessment producers, users, managers and scholars. It is a forum where scholars and practitioners can join in the critical evaluation of assessment experience. Seminars are attended by a mixture of about 25 faculty, GEA fellows, and graduate students. The Harvard University Committee on the Environment cosponsors the seminar.

November 1, 1996
Robert O. Keohane, Professor of Political Science, Duke University
"What a Political Scientists Contribute to an Understanding of Environmental Policy?"

April 17, 1997
Stephen Andersen, Stratospheric Ozone Protection Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"Technology and Economics Assessment in the Montreal Protocol: Successes, Lessons, and Possibilities for Improvement"
April 23, 1997
William Easterling, Director, Great Plains Regional Center for Global Environmental Change, University of Nebraska
"Scales of Climate and Crop Models: Will Ever the ''twain They Meet?"

April 24, 1997
Richard Moss, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
"Assessing the IPCC Assessment: Applying What We''ve Learned about Climate Assessment to the IPCC Third Assessment Report"

Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project
SDI Symposia
These public events represent the culmination of work related to one of SDI''s three principal research strands and its technical assistance projects. They take the form of a major conference with several hundred participants or a high-level meeting with a small number of leading experts and the key protagonists in a particular issue.

January 9-12, 1997
U.S.-Russian Investment Symposium
"Financial and Direct Investment Opportunities in Russia"
Co-organizers: Kennedy School of Government; the Conference Board; U.S.-Russia Business Council; Academy of the National Economy under the Russian Government; International Investment Union of Russia. Approximately 600 participants from business, government, and international financial institutions
Speakers: Lawrence Summers (Treasury); Stanley Fisher (International Monetary Fund); Ron Freeman (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development); Johannes Linn (World Bank); George David (United Technologies); Minoru Makihara (Mitsubishi); Boris Berezovsky (Russian Security Council); Vladimir Kossov (Russian Ministry of Economy); Alfred Kokh (Russian Deputy Prime Minister), and 93 other speakers.
Main theme: How to increase direct and equity investment in the Russian economy.

March 29-April 5, 1997
"National Performance, Strategy, and Organization," Special Executive Program for Senior Officials from Kazakstan
Attendees: Senior government officials (headed by Akhmedzhan Esimov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakstan), and Kazakstan''s Ambassador to the United States Bolat Nurgaliev

June 1997
Workshop on Guidelines for Arms Control after START II
Cosponsor: International Security Program
Attendees: Dr. Sergei Rogov (ISKAN), General Ivashov (Russian General Staff), General Dvorkin (Russian Ministry of Defense), General Pavel Zolatarev (Russian Ministry of Defense), Graham Allison, Robert Blackwill, Ashton Carter, John Deutch, and Paul Doty

SDI Occasional Seminar Series
As part of SDI''s work on the ongoing "Russian revolution," this series brings leading Russian politicians to the Kennedy School to give major presentations on issues related to economic reform and democratization. These presentations are frequently cosponsored with the Davis Center for Russian Studies and the School''s ARCO Forum for Public Affairs.

November 25, 1996
Yegor Gaidar, former Prime Minister of Russia
"The Future of Russian Reforms"
Cosponsors: Harvard Institute for International Development and the Davis Center for Russian Studies

June 13, 1997
Sergei Belyaev, Leader of Our Home Is Russian Duma Faction
"The Russian Political Party System"

SDI Seminar Series on the Caucasus and the Caspian
This series analyzes strategic issues in the Caucasus and Caspian region, including: oil and pipeline politics in the Caspian; the conflicts in Chechnya, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and North Ossetia-Ingushetia; the role of the Russian military; Russia''s relations with Turkey, Iran, and other regional powers; and increasing U.S. interest and involvement in the region. Speakers in the series include representatives from U.S. and regional governments, and leading scholars of regional affairs. The seminars are open to the broader Harvard analytical community and attract a core group of around 30 people.
October 23, 1996
Rusudan Gorgiladze, Chief Staff Adviser to Eduard Shevardnadze and the Georgian President''s Special
Representative for Political Security and Conflict Settlement
"Georgian Politics and the Conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia"
October 28, 1996
Dr. Stephen Young, Director of the Office of the Caucasus, and Security Affairs of the New Independent
States, at the U.S. State Department
"U.S. Interests in the Caucasus"
November 8, 1996
Liana Kvarchelia, Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University
"Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict: View from Abkhazia"

November 18, 1996
Michael Ochs, Staff Adviser to the CSCE Commission of the U.S. Congress; OSCE Observer in Armenia
"Armenian Presidential Elections of 1996"
December 9, 1996
Charles Retondo, American Contract Consultant
"A Groundhog''s View of Baku: An Inside View of the U.S. Oil Industry in Azerbaijan
March 11, 1997
S. Rob Sobhani, President of Caspian Energy Consulting, Lecturer at Georgetown University, Consultant
to Amoco
"U.S., Iran, Russia, and Turkey: ''The Struggle for Azerbaijan''"

April 9, 1997
Jiriar Libaridian, Senior Adviser to the President of the Republic of Armenia
"Conflicts and Prospects for Peace in the Caucasus"

April 30, 1997
Thomas Goltz, Journalist; Director of Documentary on the War in Chechnya
"Samashki: Belief and Betrayal in a Chechen Town at War"

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