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.
Jamal Ibrahim Haidar is an associate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow (2015-2016). He is currently a research fellow at the Center for International Development at HKS. Prior to joining MEI, he was a Ph.D. candidate at the Paris School of Economics, University of Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne (FR). Jamal also holds master degrees in economics and international finance from Johns Hopkins University and City University London, respectively. Previously, he worked at the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Institute of International Finance, and Deloitte. His fields of specialization are international economics, development economics, and political economy. Jamal's current research agenda includes studying (i) micro-level impacts of economic sanctions against Iran, (ii) job creation and sector concentration in Lebanon, and (iii) exporters dynamics in Arab, African, and Latin American economies. His pre-doctoral research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, La Tribune, and other media outlets. You may learn more about Jamal's research via his Harvard scholar page: http://scholar.harvard.edu/haidar/.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm