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.
The Agricultural Innovation in Africa project (AIA) contributes to agricultural science and technology policy improvement through the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of Africa as part of the larger agenda to promote regional economic integration.
Applied History is the explicit attempt to illuminate current challenges and choices by analyzing historical precedents and analogues.
The Cyber Security Project investigates how developments in the field of cybersecurity will shape international conflict
The Future of Diplomacy Project is dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft in international politics today. The Project aims to build Harvard Kennedy School’s ability to teach in this area, to support research in modern diplomatic practice and to build public understanding of diplomacy’s indispensable role in an increasingly complex and globalized world.
The Geopolitics of Energy Project explores the intersection of energy, security, and international politics. The project, launched in 2011, aims to improve our understanding of how energy demand and supply shape international politics – and vice versa. It also endeavors to inform policymakers and students about major challenges to global energy security and, where possible, to propose new ways of thinking about and addressing these issues. The project focuses both on conventional and alternative energies, as both will influence and be influenced by geopolitical realities.
The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements identifies and communicates scientifically sound, economically sensible, and politically pragmatic public policy options for addressing global climate change. The Harvard Project's research focuses on policy architecture, key design elements, and institutional dimensions of international and domestic climate change policy—and draws upon leading scholars and policy practitioners from around the world (including Argentina, Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan, and the United States).
The Homeland Security Project explores the challenges and choices surrounding the unique aspects of protecting the American homeland.
The India & South Asia Program fosters awareness and engagement with the South Asian region. Through speaker events, institutional partnerships, professional development programs, and scholarly research, the India & South Asia Program promotes an understanding of the region at a time when its geopolitical dynamics are of critical importance to the world.
The Intelligence and Defense Project seeks to increase the Center’s capacity to advance policy relevant knowledge in defense and intelligence areas and help prepare future leaders in those fields. The initiative builds on the defense and intelligence related research already being done at the Belfer Center and adds new research to fill knowledge gaps. The initiative links defense and intelligence agencies with Belfer researchers, faculty, and Kennedy School students, to facilitate better policy-making in the field and enrich the education of fellows and students about defense and intelligence.
The Iran Project aims to increase our understanding of Iran and contemporary Iranian affairs from its nuclear program to Iranian state and society more broadly. The Iran Project hopes to support the efforts of Iranian students and those involved in Iranian studies at Harvard University and to become a diplomatic bridge to engage Iran and Iranian universities and research institutes.
The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) conducts and disseminates policy-relevant research on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The project supports an international group of pre- and post-doctoral fellows and other experts working on these issues and helps to advance their research work through seminars, workshops, and conferences.
A project to confront the growing threat from biological weapons and natural disease outbreaks.
Dedicated to advancing public policy in the Middle East
The Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security will conduct studies related to defense, security, and intelligence issues relevant to Saudi Arabia and the GCC states – Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and, Qatar. It will specifically examine the regional tensions, rivalries, and conflicts that confront these nations with a special emphasis on the military, security, and intelligence aspects.
The aim of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project (STG) is to undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and disseminate information on interactions between technological innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications for developing countries.
The US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism addresses the challenge set by Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev for the U.S. and Russia to strengthen "their cooperation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and stop acts of nuclear terrorism." Building on existing efforts to understand and prevent nuclear terrorism, this initiative seeks a joint US-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism in order to develop concepts, strategy, and actions to prevent a successful nuclear attack by terrorists.