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.
Yasmeen Mekawy is a pre-doctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and Political Theory with a regional focus on the Middle East, and her research interests include authoritarian regimes, new media, and mass mobilization.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm