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Belfer in Brief

Spring 2012

Happenings and occurences in and around the Belfer Center.

In January, the Belfer Center launched a new feature on our website titled “Current Belfer Center Perspectives on Iran” This homepage feature is an aggregation of current published commentary and analysis of the Iranian nuclear situation by Belfer Center faculty and fellows. Links are included to current opeds and lengthy interviews on Iran as well as relevant quotes included in published media. The site enables visitors to easily click on insights and views by more than a dozen Center Iran experts.

Energetic Ambitions

Evelyn Hsieh, former communications and faculty assistant at the Belfer Center, has been named a speechwriter for the U.S. Department of Energy, including writing for Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Her selection follows on the heels of her work since September as a speechwriting intern for the White House. There, she assisted with speeches for President Barack Obama and the First Lady.  “Last spring,” Evelyn says, “I decided to apply to the White House internship on a whim-- why not? I did it to alleviate my conscience, to quiet those nagging voices to aim higher, to dream bigger. I did not think, in a million years, I would actually get it.” Neither did she think that one day she would also fistbump the President of the United States and walk through the West Wing.

Pursuing Reform

Robert Brown, Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow with the Belfer Center, and Trevor Findlay, research fellow with the Managing the Atom/International Security program, were major presenters at the “IAEA Governance and Reform” policy briefing in February hosted by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). The event, part of the Nuclear Security D.C. Policy Series, was funded by the Carnegie Corporation. Brown spoke on “Controlling the 'Absolute Weapon': International Governance Authority of the IAEA,”

And Findlay on “Unleashing the Nuclear Watchdog: Strengthening and Reform of the IAEA.

Fellows on the Move

Anoop Kumar Sarbahi, former research fellow with the International Security Program, completed his Ph.D. from University of California Los Angeles at the end of October and has joined Stanford University as a postdoctoral scholar. He has a dual affiliation there with the Department of Political Science and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

Michael Sechrist, former director of the Exploration in Cyber International Relations research group, a joint Harvard/MIT initiative, has been named vice president for threat and risk management at State Street Corporation.  Sechrist, a  Harvard Kennedy School alum who is also a former research fellow, will remain an associate with the cyber project.

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