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.
Rizwan Ladha is a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Belfer Center and a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His dissertation examines why Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan conducted nuclear weapons activities in the 1960s and 1970s, despite being under the protection of the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
Rizwan's past work on nuclear issues has been supported by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also participated in workshops on nuclear issues and foreign policy challenges at the U.S. Air War College, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, American University, and UC San Diego. Rizwan previously worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Ploughshares Fund.
He holds a M.A. in nuclear nonproliferation policy from The Fletcher School and a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 11:38am