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.
Dan Altman is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. His is also a Lecturer for the MIT Political Science Department, where he received his Ph.D. In August, he starts as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University.
His research investigates strategy and statecraft on the brink of war. He has written extensively about two important-yet-neglected tools of statecraft, the red line and the fait accompli. He is developing a book manuscript, Red Lines in International Politics, that explores why some red lines are credible while others are not. It develops a theory explaining the strategies states use to erode and circumvent red lines without provoking war. He has created a dataset of all "land grabs" since 1918, with Crimea the most recent. He uses it to study the fait accompli as form of statecraft as well as the evolution of territorial conquest as the principal part of the decline of interstate war. He has an enduring research interest in the causes of war.Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017, 12:54pm