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.
Amanda Rizkallah is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former pre-doctoral research fellow (2015-2016). She is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at UCLA, and an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Herb York Global Security Fellow. With an emphasis on Lebanon, her doctoral dissertation examines how patterns of wartime territorial control and population displacement shape post-war political competition and governance. She also examines the role of civil war settlements in mediating these effects. Her research interests include civil war, sectarian conflict, the politics of displacement, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation, with a focus on the Arab world. Amanda Rizkallah earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from UCLA in 2008. For more information about Amanda and her work, please visit her personal website: www.amandarizkallah.com.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm