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Remembering Ash Carter

Nov. 02, 2022

Ash Carter, Director of the Belfer Center, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and former U.S. Secretary of Defense, died suddenly on October 24, 2022. The Belfer Center community is deeply saddened by his loss. 

On these pages, members of the Center and broader Harvard community, government officials, and many others share their thoughts and stories of Ash Carter's impact on them, the nation, and the world. 

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

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center’s Eric Rosenbach Named to Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board

| Oct. 20, 2022

The U.S. Department of State announced Tuesday, October 18 that Eric Rosenbach, Belfer Center Co-Director and former Pentagon Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, has been named to the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board (ISAB).  

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News - Woodwell Climate Research Center

Permafrost Pathways Policy Convening Hosted by Partners at Harvard Kennedy School

  • Susan M. Natali
  • Jess Howard
| Sep. 28, 2022

On September 26 and 27, 2022, Permafrost Pathways hosted a policy convening at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Permafrost Pathways team was joined by representatives from federal agencies, Alaska Native communities and organizations, and Arctic science institutions. The meeting was an opportunity for invitees to learn about Permafrost Pathways; offer their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of permafrost science and policy; and identify possibilities for connecting with, leveraging, and collaborating with Permafrost Pathways.

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Press Release

‘ColdHubs’ Enterprise Wins Harvard’s Roy Award for Environmental Partnership

| Sep. 12, 2022

The Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced today that ColdHubs Limited is the winner of the 2022 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership. The company—born out of a partnership between the Smallholders Foundation, the Institute for Air Handling and Refrigeration (ILK Dresden), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)—uses solar-powered walk-in cold rooms to reduce post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers across rural Nigeria.

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Press Release - University of California Berkeley

New Study Examines Drivers of Government Investment in Energy Innovation

  • Mathew Burciaga
| Sep. 12, 2022

New forms of international cooperation and technology competition with China are the main drivers of public investment in energy innovation, though it remains insufficient to help meet climate goals.

On the right is Miklhail S. Gorbachev with then Belfer Center Director Graham Allison on the left. With a Harvard Kennedy School JFK Jr. Forum backdrop behind them. 

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

Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s Legacy

Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who is known for ending the Cold War, dissolving the Soviet Union, and changing the map of Europe, died Tuesday, August 30. He was 91.

We asked several Center experts for their thoughts on Gorbachev and his impacts – and how his life and actions are relevant to the challenges the world faces today.


Managing the Atom at NPT RevCon 2022

The Project on Managing the Atom participated as a NGO delegation in the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations in New York. This review conference comes at a time when nuclear fears amid the conflict in Ukraine loom large.

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Dr. Youssef Chahed, former Prime Minister of the Tunisian Republic, named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative

Aug. 16, 2022

Dr. Youssef Chahed, former Prime Minister of the Tunisian Republic, has been named a 2022-2023 Senior Fellow with the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  
“Youssef Chahed is not just one of Tunisia’s–and indeed, the Middle East’s–most distinguished young public servants, he is also a first-rate scholar,” said Tarek Masoud, Ford Foundation Professor and MEI Faculty Director. “I am thrilled that he will be part of our community, and I know that my students and colleagues will learn much from him, both about how to govern amid extreme crises and about the underlying social, political, and economic drivers of those crises.” 
Dr. Chahed will be in residence at the Kennedy School for the 2022-2023 academic year. During his fellowship, Chahed will focus on economic, security, and other policy challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa and will lead a study group on development and democratic transitions. He will also meet regularly with Harvard students and student groups and will speak at events across campus.  

“I am honored to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative for the 2022-23 academic year," Chahed said. "Ever since my first visit in April 2022, I have been impressed by the quality of Harvard Kennedy School’s students and faculty and by the depth of their interest in democracy and development in the Middle East. I look forward to advancing my research and reflection on these issues and to taking advantage of all the intellectual opportunities provided by this extraordinary institution.” 

Dr. Chahed served as Prime Minister of Tunisia from 2016 to 2020. He is both the youngest head of government in Tunisia’s history and the longest serving since that country’s democratic transition in 2011. During his tenure, he made significant advancements in the fight against terrorism, launched an anti-corruption campaign, and navigated severe economic challenges. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Chahed served as Secretary of State for Fisheries and Minister of Local Affairs. 

Dr. Chahed holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon and taught agricultural economics at the Higher Institute of Agriculture in France.  

Contact: Sam Himmelman, Program and Communications Coordinator, Middle East Initiative (shimmelman@hks.harvard.edu)