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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Spring 2017 Belfer Center Newsletter

| Spring 2017

We announce in this Spring 2017 issue of our newsletter that long-time Belfer Center Director Graham Allison will turn over the reins of the Center in July to former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and his new Co-Director Eric Rosenbach, both of whom are Center alums. Carter will return to the Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Allison will remain actively involved at the Center through his teaching, researching, and writing.

Also in this issue, we are very pleased to welcome (and in some cases, welcome back) several high-ranking officials and former representatives who served during the Obama administration. Among those joining the Center following their government service: John P. Holdren (Obama Science Advisor), Ernest Moniz (Secretary of Energy), James Clapper (National Intelligence Director), and Laura Holgate (Ambassador and U.S. Representative to UN-Vienna and IAEA). In addition, we are happy to have as new senior or visiting fellows a number of additional former high-ranking public servants. And we are pleased that several Center and School alumni are serving the nation during the current administration.

And there's much more news from the Belfer Center.

Photo of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster with President Trump in Mar-a-Lago

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

From the Director: Graham Allison

| Spring 2017

As this newsletter went to press, we had cause to celebrate: Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is coming home to Harvard to lead the Belfer Center. I am thrilled to pass the Director's baton to such a towering scholar, strategist, and public servant. Ash exemplifies the Center's commitment to build a more secure, peaceful world.

Together, with his new co-director, Eric Rosenbach - a Center alumnus and a leading cyber security and defense official - a great Center is set to become even greater. As one of Ash's conditions for taking the job, I promised to stay actively involved at the Center: teaching, researching, and writing.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Allison Hands Belfer Baton to Ash Carter and Eric Rosenbach

Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced on March 28 that Belfer Center Director Graham Allison will step down as director of the Center at the end of the academic year and will be succeeded by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Carter’s former Chief of Staff Eric Rosenbach. Both Carter and Rosenbach are alumni of the Belfer Center.

Carter will join Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Center director and the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs, a new professorship established by a gift from Robert and Renée Belfer. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box.” At Harvard, he will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Advancing a More Secure and Sustainable World

In a time of intense political change, one thing is constant: the Belfer Center’s continuing commitment to providing independent, policy-relevant knowledge at the nexus of science, technology, and international security. The Center had alumni in senior posts during the Obama administration and has alumni serving the nation now during the Trump administration. 

Photo of Chrystia Freeland and Rex Tillerson.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Alumni Govern, Educate, Analyze Around the World

| Spring 2017

In late 2016, former Belfer Center research fellow Chrystia Freeland was named Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Iran Project associate Hussein Kalout was tapped as Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs for Brazil. They join a long list of Center alumni notable for their service in high levels of government, international and regional organizations, and academia who are serving the interests of their nations and people in tackling the world’s most critical challenges. Here we list just a few. We thank them all for their service.

 

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard President Faust Links History and Leadership

| Spring 2017

For nearly ten years, Harvard's President Drew Gilpin Faust has led the university with a historian's perspective. On June 30, she joined the Belfer Center's Applied History Project Faculty Working Group and shared her views on applying history to current situations.

Juliette Kayyem with Dean Douglas Elmendorf before a JFK Jr. Forum on President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. (Benn Craig)

Benn Craig

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Homeland Security Project Focuses on Immigration and Borders, Threats and Resiliency

Under the leadership of the Belfer Center's Juliette Kayyem, the Homeland Security Project will focus on the challenges in protecting the U.S.