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.
Joseph Florence is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Prior to joining MEI, he spent the 2015-16 academic year as a pre-doctoral fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His research interests include comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East; political economy; and political order and disorder.Last Updated: May 23, 2017, 5:36pm