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.
Alec Worsnop is a research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research examines civil war, military effectiveness, and civil-military relations and has been supported by organizations including the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
His dissertation employs a mixed methods approach to investigate the determinants of insurgent military effectiveness and includes an in-depth examination of organizations in Iraq (2003–present) and Vietnam (1945–1975). Previously, he worked for a USAID implementing partner, conducting business development for assistance programs in Afghanistan and the Middle East.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm