Events

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Intelligence Project Series: Truth to Power - The Delicate Dance Between Intelligence Providers and Policy Consumers

    Wed., Oct. 6, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    With, Beth Sanner, Former Deputy DNI for Mission Integration, PDB Briefer for President Trump. Moderated by Paul Kolbe, Belfer Center Intelligence Project Director

    The role of intelligence is to provide leaders and policymakers with facts and context which enable better decisions and the formulation of more effective policies. However, this is not a one-way flow of secrets and insight from intelligence producers to intelligence consumers where assessments are just delivered into an inbox for leisurely perusal. Critical intelligence needs often go hand in hand with crisis, pressure, and unrelenting decision deadlines. The Intelligence Community (IC) gets drawn into the thick of the fray, and often finds itself delivering unwelcome news of a policy failure, unintended consequence, or horrific event. The IC may also be placed in the awkward position of grading its own Covert Action homework. It is crucial for intelligence agencies to engender trust, confidence, and understanding in the customers it serves. The complex relationship between intelligence producers and policy consumers is perfectly embodied in the delivery of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), and the role of the PDB Briefer.

    In this session, Ms. Sanner will explore core issues on the nexus between intelligence and policy. How do agencies deliver bad news?  What is intelligence politicization and how do agencies prevent it?  How can intelligence both be used and acted upon, while still protecting fragile sources and methods? Should intelligence engage more transparently with the public, or is too much already revealed by a relentless press?

    For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/URhvgV3vb8Uw5s9u9 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

    To join via Zoom, please register below.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Intelligence Project Series: Russia’s New Army

    Wed., Sep. 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    Russia has transformed its military from one based on conscription and mass mobilization to one that is “professional” with ready active-duty forces that field more maneuver units than the US. With new weapons designed to asymmetrically counter US advantages, a “hybrid” war capability that has been employed in the Crimea and Ukraine, and increased use of private military organizations such as the Wagner Group, Russia poses a complex and formidable military challenge.

    This discussion with Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan, the founding director of Belfer’s Defense and Intelligence Project and the Elbe Group, will provide a fascinating and important look at the current state of the Russian Armed Forces. The session will weave current video clips of Russian maneuvers and training together with facts and insights obtained by personal contact with Russian active duty and retired officers.  Ryan served as the U.S. Defense Attache in Moscow, and has been working on the Soviet and Russian military since 1980.  In February, he led a group of retired military experts in delivering a month-long course on the Russian military for the US Army Europe and Africa Command.

    This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/YoewT5x5cpU9z4bA6 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

    To join via Zoom, please register below.

    This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

     

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Intelligence Project Series - Havana Syndrome: American Officials under Attack

    Tue., Sep. 28, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Online

    Amidst mystery, secrecy, and denial it appears that American intelligence officers, military personnel, and diplomats are under a sustained attack which has left officials and family members suffering traumatic neurological injury. Incidents in Havana first came to public light in 2016, but since then the scale and breadth of these mysterious events has accelerated, leaving grievously injured officers and shaken agencies.

    As the U.S. government and intelligence community scrambles to determine the source and reason for these attacks, it is becoming clear that clear that the answers to the investigation will raise profound policy issues. Can a cause and culprit be identified? What technology is being used, and for what purpose? What should the U.S. policy response be in reaction to these assaults?

    Join the Intelligence Project for a discussion with former CIA officer Marc Polymeropoulos and New Yorker journalist Adam Entous on these questions and more. This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe.

     

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The Gulf and a World in Transition: A Conversation with Bahraini Ambassador to the US Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa

    Wed., Sep. 22, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    Please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project for a conversation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, on Wednesday, September 22 in the Alison Dining Room or via Zoom. Topics will include the history and current status of the Abraham Accords, the landmark establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the UAE with the State of Israel. The Ambassador will also discuss the impact on Bahrain and the Gulf of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and will provide a perspective on the most significant security challenges faced by Bahrain, to include views of Covid, Climate Change, and the roles and influence in the Gulf of Iran, Russia, China, and Turkey.

    This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here: https://forms.gle/daNaE2m51qpXeWA66 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

    To join via Zoom, please register below.

    This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

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    Intelligence Project Series - America’s Retreat From Afghanistan: What’s Next?

    Wed., Sep. 8, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Online

    With departure of the last U.S. C-17 from Kabul on August 30th, 2021, the United States closed out the longest war in its history with a conclusion that was frustrating for all, and bitter for many. After winning battle after battle in the field, the United States lost the political struggle, no longer willing to bear the costs of fighting for goals that once seemed attainable, but were always out of reach.

    Questions on what our Afghanistan withdrawal means are being asked and examined around the world. Will the Taliban in 2021 govern differently that 1996? Will new terrorist threats arise in South Asia? Will global al Qaida and ISIS be reinvigorated? Will America’s withdrawal prove to be a strategic pivot which will strengthen America’s ability to face more central challenges, or will it reflect America’s Suez moment? 

    To consider these questions and others, please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project in a special Zoom Webinar which will feature Intelligence Project Fellows and staff offering their views and perspective based on decades of dealing with intelligence operations and analysis in Afghanistan.

     Please register via Zoom Webinar link below.

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    Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    New Data Solutions for the China S&T Challenge

    Wed., May 19, 2021 - Thu., May 20, 2021

    Online

    On Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20 at 8 a.m. EDT, join us for an online workshop hosted by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center Intelligence Project, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Innovation Initiative, and The Center for Advanced Defense Studies.

    This two-day conference will bring together practitioners from academia, industry, government, and civil society for the first time to begin charting concrete solutions to problems hindering the adoption of data into defense and intelligence awareness.

    This event is by invitation only. Advance registration required. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Middle East Security Establishments and Social Reform

    Wed., May 12, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Online

    Across the Middle East, the security sector has exercised substantial influence over media, education, and religious institutions, often to the detriment of their societies and American interests. Could they instead become a force for positive reform, and what role might their American allies play in helping them? Please join the Intelligence and Defense Projects for a seminar with Middle East expert Joseph Braude, who will discuss these issues and provide a number of policy suggestions.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Navigating a Career in National Security: A Mother/Daughter Perspective with Sue Gordon and KC Koepp

    Thu., May 6, 2021 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Online

    The Belfer Center's Intelligence Project, Amazing Women of the Intelligence Community (AWIC) and the Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development will host a fireside chat with Senior Fellow Sue Gordon and her daughter, KC Koepp. 

    Advance registration required. This event will be capped at 50 participants to allow for intimate conversation and Q&A. 

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    Conference - Open to the Public

    Climate Change, Intelligence, and Global Security

    Fri., Apr. 23, 2021 | 12:00pm - 5:30pm

    Online

    Climate Change, Intelligence, and Global Security is a half-day conference co-sponsored by the Intelligence Project and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs along with the Center for Climate and Security. 

    Headlined by John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the conference will directly follow the April 22/23 Earth Day Leaders Climate Summit, and will emphasize the critical need for international cooperation and global leadership to collectively address the security threats posed by the climate crisis. We will convene senior climate experts, current and former intelligence officers, and leaders in the private sector and academia to facilitate productive dialogue and innovative solutions for combating the climate crisis. The four panels will examine climate change from a security perspective, discuss the role of the intelligence community in monitoring and mitigating the threats posed by climate change, explore new ways of thinking about international intelligence cooperation, and examine the role and contributions of the private sector.

    This conference is virtual, open to the public, and free to attend.  Advanced registration is required. Please register individually for each session. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    A Call to Action: Securing the International Supply Chain in the Digital Era

    Wed., Apr. 7, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:15pm

    Online

    The Belfer Center's Intelligence Project will host a discussion on international cooperation on securing supply chain vulnerabilities and 5G issues with cyber and intelligence leaders from the U.S., UK, Australia, and Canada on Wednesday, April 7th from 10:00am-12:15pm.

    This event will be open to the public. Advance registration for both sessions is required. 

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    We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News

    Wed., Mar. 31, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, an international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open-source and social media investigation to probe some of the world’s most pressing stories.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Problem with Russia: A Conversation with Dr. Fiona Hill

    Wed., Mar. 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host Dr. Fiona Hill, Brookings Senior Fellow and Former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, for a conversation on the state of Russia’s relations with the United States and the West. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 17th from 12:00-1:00pm and will be open to the public. Advance registration is required. 

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Spying in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Sir Alexander Younger

    Wed., Mar. 10, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The Belfer Center's Intelligence Project will host a conversation with Sir Alexander Younger KCMG, former Chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, on Wednesday, March 10th from 12:00-1:00pm.

    This event will be open to Harvard students, fellows, staff, and faculty. Advance registration is required. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy

    Wed., Mar. 3, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host Ben MacIntyre, best selling author and Writer at Large and Associate Editor at The Times, to speak about his latest book, Agent Sonya, on Wednesday, March 3rd from 12:00-1:00pm. 

    This event will be on-the-record and open to the public. Please note, while this virtual event is on the record, our policy prohibits any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Storming the Capitol: Implications for Intelligence, Security, and American Society

    Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Online

    Please join the Intelligence Project and Homeland Security Project for a panel discussion with Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Professor Juliette Kayyem, and Paul Kolbe on the intelligence and security failures which preceded and enabled the Capitol riot on January 6th and what this means for the future of countering domestic extremism.

    This event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday February 10th from 1:00-2:30pm via Zoom. Advance registration required. 

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    Examining the Solarwinds Orion Hack: Implications for Government and the Private Sector

    Wed., Feb. 3, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Online

    The Belfer Center's Intelligence and Cyber Projects will co-host a discussion on the recent Solarwinds Orion hack with David Sanger, Camille Stewart, Priscilla Moriuchi, and Dr. Erica Borghard on Wednesday, February 3rd from 12:00-1:15pm.

    This event will be open to the public. Advance registration is required. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Navalny, Putin, and the Future of Russian Dissent

    Thu., Jan. 28, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project and Russia Matters will co-host a seminar with investigative journalists Yevgenia Albats and Shaun Walker to discuss the recent detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The event will take place on Thursday January 28th from 3-4pm via Zoom. 

    This event is open to Harvard students, staff, fellows, and faculty.  Advanced registration is required. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Restructuring the Data Ecosystem: A Conversation with Sue Gordon on Big Data, Society, and the Future of Intelligence

    Wed., Dec. 16, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with the Honorable Susan M. Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, on Wednesday December 16th from 12:00pm-1:00pm. 

    This session will be off-the-record and open to the public.  Advanced registration required. Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Populism & Trends in Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Rory Stewart

    Mon., Nov. 23, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Rory Stewart, Senior Fellow at Yale University and former UK Secretary of State for International Development, on Monday November 23rd from 1:00-2:00pm. 

    This event is open to the Harvard Community. Advance registration required. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Innovation for the Future of Intelligence: A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Dixon

    Wed., Nov. 18, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Dr. Stacey Dixon, Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and former Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, on Wednesday November 18 from 12:00-1:15pm. 

    This event is open to the Harvard Community and requires advance registration. Please RSVP below. 

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    A Post-Election Conversation with Gen (Ret.) James Clapper

    Mon., Nov. 9, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a post-election conversation with Gen (ret.) James R. Clapper on Monday, November 9th from 12:00-1:15pm via Zoom. 

    This event is off-the-record and open to the Harvard students, staff, fellows, and faculty. Advance registration required. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    A Conversation with Katrina Mulligan

    Wed., Nov. 4, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project and the Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) student group will host a conversation with Katrina Mulligan, Managing Director for National Security and Policy and the Center for American Progress. Usha Sahay, Belfer IGA Fellow and Editor-at-Large at War on the Rocks, will moderate. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The Abraham Accords - A conversation on the historic normalization of relations between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel

    Wed., Oct. 28, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a panel discussion with H.E. Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the U.S., H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the U.S., H.E. Lana Nussesibeh, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, and Tamir Pardo, former Director of Mossad, from 3:00-4:30pm on Wednesday October 28th. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.

    This is an off-the-record event open to Harvard students, staff, fellows, and faculty. Advance registration required. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    War in the Shadows: The Espionage Assault on America

    Wed., Oct. 21, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Mark Kelton, Former Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA, on Wednesday October 21 from 12:00-1:15pm. 

    This event is off-the-record and open to the Harvard Community. Advance registration required. 

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future

    Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

    Online

    The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with author Chris Whipple on Wednesday, October 14 from 12:00-1:15pm. This session will be open to the public. Advance registration required. Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Protests, Privacy, & Polarization: Domestic Intelligence in Times of Civil Unrest

      Wed., Oct. 7, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Online

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Jonathan Evans, Baron Evans of Weardale, former Director General of the British Security Service (MI5), Bernard Hudson, former Chief of Counterterrorism for the Central Intelligence Agency, and Thomas S. Warrick, former Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Policy, US Department of Homeland Security

      This session will be off-the-record and open to the Harvard Community. Advanced registration required. Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

    • Conference - Open to the Public

      Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community

      Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 - Fri., Sep. 25, 2020

      Online

      Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community is a two-day conference co-hosted by the Intelligence and Cyber Projects at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

      The conference will take place over two consecutive mornings, with the first day focusing on identifying and understanding the current state of, and the opportunities and issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) in the IC; and the second focused on developing and discussing innovative solutions to these issues. We will convene senior leadership in the USIC, current and former intelligence officers, and leaders in the private sector and academia to facilitate honest, open, and productive conversations.

      This conference is virtual, open to the public, and free to attend.  Advanced registration is required. Please register here or via the link below to gain access to the Zoom link. 

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      Seminar - Open to the Public

      Intelligence Failure? How Divisions Between Intelligence and Public Health Left Us Vulnerable to a Pandemic

      Wed., May 27, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Dr. Tara O'Toole and Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux on Wednesday May 27th from 11:45am-1:00pm. 

      This session will be on-the-record and open to the public. Priority registration will be given to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The New Way of the World: Thinking About What Comes Next

      Wed., May 20, 2020 | 11:15am - 12:30pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Belfer Center Senior Fellows Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and David Ignatius, on Wednesday May 20th from 11:15am-12:30pm. 

      This session will be off-the-record. Priority registration will be given to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Drone Technology and the COVID-19 Crisis

      Thu., May 14, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a special event with a panel of experts to discuss how drone technology can and is being used in the COVID-19 crisis. Drone expert Bernard Hudson, Senior Fellow with the Intelligence Project and former Chief of Counterterrorism with the CIA, will moderate a follow-up panel discussion with the presenters and questions from the audience.

      This session will be recorded and on-the-record. Priority registration will be given to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. **Advance registration required.**

    • Seminar - Open to the Public

      Battleground 2020: Surveying the Disinformation and Disruption Threats to the 2020 U.S. Election

      Tue., May 12, 2020 | 12:45pm - 2:00pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with the Honorable Mike Rogers, Belfer Center Senior Fellow and Former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and David E. Sanger, Belfer Center Senior Fellow, adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School and national security correspondent and senior writer at The New York Times, on Tuesday May 13th from 12:45-2:00pm via zoom. 

      This session will be recorded and on the record. Priority registration will be given to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Facts Over Fears: Leading in an Era of Global Threats and Uncertainty

      Wed., May 6, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with the Honorable James R. Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence, on Wednesday May 6th from 12:00pm-1:00pm.

      This session will be recorded and on the record. Priority registration will be given to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Building Trust and Sizing People Up: Lessons from a Career in Counterintelligence

      Wed., Apr. 29, 2020 | 11:45am - 12:45pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Robin Dreeke, Former FBI Special Agent and Chief of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program, on Wednesday April 29th from 11:45am-12:45pm.

      Admission will be open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      What Comes Next? Adapting Intelligence for a Post-COVID World

      Wed., Apr. 15, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with the Honorable Susan M. Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, on Wednesday April 15th from 11:45am-1:00pm.

      Admission will be open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "From Cold War to COVID: Lessons on Intelligence During Crises"

      Wed., Apr. 8, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      The Intelligence Project will host a webinar with Daniel Hoffman and Kristin Wood on Wednesday April 8th from 12:00-1:00pm.

      Admission will be open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Please register below for access to the zoom link. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Women in Operations — A Female Perspective on CIA’s Clandestine Service

      Wed., Mar. 25, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

      **Please RSVP for webinar link**

      The Intelligence Project will host a remote panel discussion on the role and experience of female officers in clandestine human intelligence operations on Wednesday March 25th from 11:45am-1:00pm via Zoom. The panelists include:

      • Karen deLacy, Co-founder of deLacy Associates and 30 year veteran of the CIA's clandestine service
      • Diana Dragon, Head of Business Intelligence at BP and former CIA Chief of Station 
      • Maura Burns Watson, former senior manager in the CIA Directorate of Digital Innovation Center for Cyber Intelligence and 28 year CIA veteran

      Please RSVP via the form below to receive the webinar link. Admission is open to Harvard staff, students, fellows, faculty, alumni, and affiliates. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Defense Project Series: "Positioning the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for the Future," with Director Vice Admiral Robert D. Sharp

      Wed., Mar. 4, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

      Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

      The Intelligence Project and the Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will co-host a lunch seminar with Vice Admiral Robert D. Sharp, Director of the National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), on Wednesday, March 4th from 11:45am-1:00pm in Bell Hall. 

      Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Please RSVP using the link below. Harvard ID's will be checked at the door. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Middle East Post-Soleimani: An Intelligence Assessment

      Wed., Feb. 12, 2020 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

      Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host a panel discussion with Bernard Hudson, former Director of Counterterrorism for the CIA, and Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran. Kristin Wood, former Senior CIA Analyst, will moderate. 

      Admission open to Harvard staff, students, fellows, faculty, and alumni. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      [AT CAPACITY] Rise and Kill First: A Discussion with Dr. Ronen Bergman

      Wed., Jan. 29, 2020 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

      Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

      This event is at capacity. Please email caitlin_chase@hks.harvard.edu to be added to the waitlist. 

      The Intelligence Project and the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy will co-host a seminar with Dr. Ronen Bergman, contributing writer for the New York Times and author of Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations, from 4:15-5:30pm in the Allison Dining Room (T-520).

      Paul Kolbe, Director of the Intelligence Project, and Nancy Gibbs, Director of the Shorenstein Center and Visiting Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press, Politics and Public Policy, will co-moderate.

      Refreshments will be provided on a first come, first served basis. This event is open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and alumni.  Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Climate Crisis & Truth Decay: The Global Threats of Our Time

      Thu., Dec. 12, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with General James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Chinese Intelligence Storm on the U.S.

      Wed., Dec. 11, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Mark Kelton, Former Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA, on Wednesday, December 11th from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Cybersecurity, Espionage, and the 5G Future

      Wed., Dec. 4, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

      Admission will be open to Harvard students, staff, fellows, faculty, and affiliates. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Kyiv’s Perfect Storm: Ukraine’s Perilous Position between Russian Aggression and U.S. Partisan Warfare

      Mon., Nov. 25, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Daniel Hoffman, former Chief of Station and Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer with the CIA, on Monday, November 25th from 2:00-3:15pm in One Brattle 350. Paul Kolbe will moderate. 

      Admission will be open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates and refreshments will be provided.

    • New York Times headline: "Whistle-Blower Alleged White House Cover-Up of Ukraine Call"

      Screenshot by USA Today of the New York Times website: "Whistle-Blower Alleged White House Cover-Up of Ukraine Call"

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Strange Bedfellows: The Fourth Estate and the Second Oldest Profession

      Wed., Nov. 20, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with David Sanger, Suzanne Kelly, and Bill Harlow from 12:00pm-1:15pm in the Malkin Penthouse. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • The Honorable Susan M. Gordon

      Office of the Director of National Intelligence

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Breakfast with the Honorable Susan M. Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

      Tue., Nov. 19, 2019 | 8:45am - 10:00am

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with the Honorable Susan M. Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

      Admission Policy: Open to Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, and affiliates. Breakfast will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below. 

    • Tamir Pardo, JFK IOP Forum

      Harvard Kennedy School IOP

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      [AT CAPACITY] A Discussion with Former Mossad Director Tamir Pardo

      Mon., Nov. 18, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Tamir Pardo, Former Director of Mossad, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Graham Allison will moderate. 

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP. Admission Policy: Harvard students, staff, faculty, fellows, alumni, and affiliates.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Rethinking Intelligence in a World of Human and Natural Weapons of Mass Destruction

      Wed., Nov. 13, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy, from 12:00pm-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Human Intelligence in the Digital Age: The Enduring Importance of Classic Espionage

      Tue., Nov. 12, 2019 | 10:15am - 11:30am

      Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Sir Mark Allen, Special Advisor to the BP Group, from 10:15-11:30am in the Allison Dining Room (T520). Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

      Coffee and light refreshments will provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      A Conversation with Kristin Wood: Observations from 20+ Years as a CIA Analyst

      Thu., Nov. 7, 2019 | 1:15pm - 2:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Kristin Wood, Former Deputy Director of the CIA's Open Innovation & Technology Group, from 1:15-2:300pm in the Belfer Center Library. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

      A late lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Leadership Lessons for the Private Sector - What a Career in The CIA Taught Me About Being a CEO

      Mon., Nov. 4, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:00pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with Ambassador Henry Crumpton, CEO and Founder of Crumpton Group LLC, from 11:45am-1:00pm in the Belfer Center Library. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate.  

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Five Eyes, the Anglosphere, and Europe: Intelligence and Security Alliances in a Changing World

      Mon., Oct. 21, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Sir Richard Dearlove, Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library . Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Spying Against America: An Overview of Espionage by Americans from the Revolutionary War to the Present

      Thu., Oct. 17, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Michael Sulick, Former Director of CIA's National Clandestine Service, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library . Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Spies, Lies, and Disinformation: How History Can Help

      Wed., Oct. 16, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Gillian Bennett, Former Chief Historian of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350. Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      A Conversation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States

      Tue., Oct. 8, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

      Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

      The Intelligence Project and Middle East Initiative will host a discussion with Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America, from 4:00-5:00pm in the Malkin Penthouse. Paul Kolbe will moderate.

      Refreshments will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Intelligence Challenges in the 2020's

      Wed., Sep. 18, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host the Fall Semester kick-off seminar from 12:00-1:30pm in the Allison Dining Room. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Panelists will include:

      The Honorable Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

      Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Former Department of Energy Director of Intelligence & Counterintelligence; Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

      BG (Ret) Kevin Ryan, Former Defense Attache to Russia; Founder, US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism; Founder, Elbe Group

      Kristin Wood, Former Deputy Director, Innovation & Technology Group, Open Source Center, CIA

      Bernard Hudson, Former Chief of Counterterrorism for the CIA 

      Norman Roule, Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran

      Moderated by the new Intelligence Project Director:

      Paul Kolbe, Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

    • Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Ethics & Morality of Intelligence

      Tue., May 7, 2019 | 8:00am - 6:00pm

      REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. The Ethics of Intelligence is a full day conference hosted by the Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

      The conference will consist of four panels, a working lunch, and a reception. The morning sessions will focus on the purpose, role, and constraints of intelligence as a lever of statecraft while the afternoon sessions with address the moral and ethical questions raised by the means of intelligence. 

      The conference is open to all and free to attend. However, advanced registration is required.

      Location: The Wadsworth Room, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge MA

    • James C. Lawler

      Spies, Lies, and Nukes Conference Page

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Soulcatcher: How the CIA Recruits Assets

      Wed., May 1, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with James C. Lawler, Former CIA Senior Intelligence Case Officer, from 12:00-1:15pm in the One Brattle 350 conference room. Rolf  Mowatt-Larssen will moderate. 

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Global Effort on Countering Violent Extremism

      Tue., Apr. 30, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Hedayah Center for Countering Violent Extremism, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate. 

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The CIA in Afghanistan, 1979-1989

      Wed., Apr. 24, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Milton Bearden, Former Senior CIA Officer Responsible for the Afghan Covert Action , from 12:00-1:15pm in  One Brattl e350.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP.

    • US troops of the 69th Infantry Division (left), shake hands with Russian troops in a staged photo on the wrecked bridge over the Elbe at Torgau, Germany, to mark the previous day's link-up between American and Soviet forces, 26th April 1945. Among the Americans are Bernard E. Kirschenbaum and Richard Johnson (second and third from left, respectively).

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Elbe Group 2019 Recap: Revisiting the Reykjavik Summit

      Wed., Apr. 10, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director LTG Michael Maples and former Defense Attache BG (ret) Kevin Ryan will recap the 2019 Elbe Group meeting on Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00-3:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate. Please register using the RSVP link. Refreshments will be provided.

    • Mary Margaret Graham

      Harvard Kennedy School IOP

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Interwoven Histories of the Nation and the U.S. Intelligence Community

      Wed., Apr. 3, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Mary Margaret Graham, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). 

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Future of Modern Warfare

      Thu., Mar. 7, 2019 | 2:15pm - 3:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch seminar with Yair Golan, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff for the Israel Defense Forces, in the Belfer Center Library

      Refreshments and admittance will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The Future of Terrorism: What Comes Next?

      Wed., Mar. 6, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a panel discussion with Lt Gen (ret) Jim Reese, BG (ret) Aref Alzaben, and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350. 

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • PDB Brief

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      A Day in the Life of a Presidential Daily Briefer

      Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a breakfast seminar with Dr. Sunny Singh, Recanati-Kaplan Fellow and former PDB briefer, in One Brattle 350.

      Breakfast will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask About Russian Espionage"

      Wed., Jan. 30, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host the Spring Semester kick-off seminar from 12:00-1:30pm in the Malkin Penthouse. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Panelists will include:

      General (Ret) James R. Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence

      Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Intelligence Project Director; Former Department of Energy Director of Intelligence & Counterintelligence; Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

      Paul Kolbe, Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

      BG (Ret) Kevin Ryan, Former Defense Attache to Russia; Founder, US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism; Founder, Elbe Group

       

       

    • Paul Kolbe

      The Cipher Brief

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Not Just for Three-Letter Agencies: Intelligence for the Private Sector"

      Thu., Dec. 6, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Paul Kolbe, Director of Intelligence and Deputy Head of Group Intelligence, Security, and Crisis Management at BP, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • FBI Logo

      Wikipedia

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Psychology of Counterintelligence," with Special Agent Dawn Doak

      Wed., Dec. 5, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Special Agent Dawn Norris Doak of the FBI's Behavior Analysis Division, National Security Division, from 12:00-1:15pm in the Belfer Center Library. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Going Beyond Sanctions: Examining the Unclear Future of US-Russia Relations

      Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Dr. Anastasia Likhacheva, Deputy Dean for Research, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the National Research University-Higher School fo Economics in Moscow.  The lucnh will take place from 12:00-1:00pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Facts and Fears Book Cover

      Washington Times

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      [LOCATION CHANGE] "Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence," with General James Clapper

      Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with General James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, from 12:00-1:30pm in Bell Hall (Room B-500). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Elbe Group Fall Discussion: "The Current State of US-Russia Relations"

      Wed., Nov. 7, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch seminar with Elbe Group members Douglas Lute, Kevin Ryan, Mike Maples, Dan Hoffman, and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen on Wednesday, November 7th from 12:00-1:30pm in the Allison Dining Room (T-520).

      Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Future of Secret Services in the Digital Age"

      Wed., Oct. 31, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch seminar with Nigel Dakin on Wednesday, October 31st from 12:00-1:15pm in the One Brattle Sq 350 Conference Room. 

      Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below. 

    • Robert Richer

      The Cipher Brief

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Shifting Sands and Strategic Relationships in the Middle East: An Insider's Perspecetive"

      Wed., Oct. 24, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project an Saudi & GCC Security Project will host a lunch seminar with Robert Richer, on Wednesday, October 24th from 12:00-1:15pm in the One Brattle Sq 350 Conference Room. 

      Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War," with Ben MacIntyre

      Tue., Oct. 23, 2018 | 2:01pm - 3:00pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a book talk seminar with New York Times Bestselling Author Ben MacIntyre on his new book, "The Spy and the Traitor", on Tuesday, October 23rd from 2:00-3:00pm in the Belfer Center Library

      Refreshments will be served. Harvard IDs checked at the door. Please register below. 

    • Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, commander for the Iraqi counterterrorism forces' operation to re-take Fallujah from Islamic State militants, speaks at a military camp outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, June 27, 2016.

      CNN

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Future of Jihad," with Peter Bergen and Lt. Gen. Abdulwahab al-Saedi

      Wed., Oct. 17, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project an Saudi & GCC Security Project will host a lunch seminar with Peter Bergen and Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saedi, on Wednesday, October 17th from 12:00-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

      Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. 

    • US Intelligence Community Seal

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      Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Women in Intelligence: Panel Discussion and Networking Event

      Mon., Oct. 15, 2018 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm

      Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

      From uncovering Benedict Arnold to providing actionable intelligence on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the role of women who work in the intelligence community continues to change in a dynamic, threat-rich world.
       
      Please join the Intelligence Project for a panel discussion with senior female executives from across the intelligence community to discuss their careers and the important role women who work in intelligence play in national security decision making. 
    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Russia in the Middle East: Return to Realpolitik," with Dan Hoffman

      Wed., Oct. 10, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch seminar with Daniel Hoffman, former Chief of Station and Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer with the CIA, on Wednesday, October 10th from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 350.

      Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Known Unknowns: The Middle East in 2019-2020," with Norman Roule

      Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 | 8:45am - 10:00am

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a breakfast seminar with Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I), from 8:45-10:00am in One Brattle 350. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Breakfast  will be provided. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Assault on Intelligence," with General Michael Hayden

      Tue., Sep. 25, 2018 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a seminar with General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA, from 2:00-3:00pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Official photo of David Petraeus, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

      Central Intelligence Agency

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      Intelligence Lunch with David H. Petraeus

      Wed., Sep. 19, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 401

      LOCATION CHANGE: This event will now be taking place in the One Brattle 401 classroom.

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with General David Petraeus, Former Director of CIA, on Wednesday, September 19th from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 401. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch from Flour Bakery will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Mike Rogers Hosts CNN's "Declassified"

      CNN

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Changing Role of Espionage," with Mike Rogers

      Wed., Sep. 12, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Mike Rogers, former member of Congress representing Michigan's Eighth Congressional District and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 350. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch from Flour Bakery will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The American Way of Spying: U.S. Counterintelligence vs. its Main Adversaries"

      Wed., Apr. 25, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Mark Kelton, Former Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA, on Wednesday, April 25th from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 350. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch from Flour Bakery will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below and bring your Harvard ID for check-in at the door. 

    • US troops of the 69th Infantry Division (left), shake hands with Russian troops in a staged photo on the wrecked bridge over the Elbe at Torgau, Germany, to mark the previous day's link-up between American and Soviet forces, 26th April 1945. Among the Americans are Bernard E. Kirschenbaum and Richard Johnson (second and third from left, respectively).

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Elbe Group Recap and an Update on US-Russia Relations"

      Wed., Apr. 18, 2018 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

      Former US Ambassador Douglas Lute and former Defense Attache BG (ret) Kevin Ryan will recap the 2018 Elbe Group meeting on Wednesday, March 21st from 2:00-3:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate. Please register using the RSVP link. Harvard IDs checked at the door. Refreshments will be provided.

    • Sir David Omand speaks to Chanel 4 News, 21 Jan 2014

      Channel 4

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Countering Subversion and Sedition in the Digital Age," with Sir David Omand

      Wed., Mar. 28, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Sir David Omand, Former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and former Director of GCHQ, on Wednesday, March 28th from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350.

      Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

    • Sir David Omand at Chatham House

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Principled Spying: The Ethics of Secret Intelligence," with Sir David Omand

      Tue., Mar. 27, 2018 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

      Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

      The Intelligence Project will host a book talk seminar with Sir David Omand, Former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and former Director of GCHQ, on Tuesday, March 27th from 3:30-4:30pm in the Malkin Penthouse. 

      Refreshments will be served. Harvard IDs checked at the door. Please register below. 

    • David Relman, Stanford

      Standford Center for International Security and Cooperation

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Anticipating Biological Threats of Deliberate, Accidental, and Other Origins," with David Relman

      Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with David Relman, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in Medicine, and Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, on Thursday, February 22nd from 12:00-1:00pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369.)

      Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

    • Bio hazard symbol

      Wikmedia Commons

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "The Biological Defense Problem in 2018," with Roger Brent

      Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Roger Brent, Principal Investigator of the Brent Lab, Member of the Division of Basic Sciences, and Adjunct Member in Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, on Wednesday, February 21st from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 350.

      Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

    • Map of the Middle East

      Wikimedia Commons

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Act Two: The Challenges of the Middle East in 2018," with Norman T. Roule

      Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project and Saudi & GCC Security Project will host a lunch with Norman T. Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, on Wednesday, February 14th from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 350.

      Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

    • U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Riley Snowden (left) and Capt. Ramiro Rios, C-21 pilots assigned to the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, fly a mission over the Middle East, Feb. 7, 2018.

      (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      The State of the Region: Counterterrorism, Syria, and the Way Forward in the Middle East

      Tue., Feb. 13, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project and Project on Saudi and GCC Security will host a lunch with Bernard Hudson, Former Chief of Counterterrorism for the CIA, from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.

      Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below.

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan," Breakfast with Gary C. Schroen

      Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 | 9:00am - 10:15am

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project and Saudi & GCC Security Project will host a breakfast with Gary C. Schroen, former CIA Chief of Station and Deputy of Near East and South Asia Division of the Directorate of Operations, on Thursday, February 8th from 9:00-10:15AM in the Belfer Center Library (L369.)

      Breakfast will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served

      This event is currently at capacity, please email Caitlin_Chase@hks.harvard.edu to be added to the waitlist.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Ethics in Intelligence," with Charlie Gilbert

      Wed., Feb. 7, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Charlie Gilbert, Executive VP Strategic Global Intelligence for Gavin de Becker & Associates, former Deputy Director for the National Clandestine Services, and Chief of Iranian Operations with the CIA, on Wednesday, February 7th from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350.

      Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

    • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      [AT CAPACITY] "Vladimir Putin and the Art of Intelligence," with Daniel Hoffman

      Wed., Jan. 24, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

      One Brattle Square - Room 350

      The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Daniel Hoffman, former Chief of Station and Senior Executive Clandestine Service Officer with the CIA, on Wednesday, January 24th from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350.

      Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. Harvard ID will be checked at the door. 

    • Saint Basil's Cathedral on Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 1961

      Burt Glinn

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "British Intelligence, the Kremlin, and the Cold War: Past and Present"

      Mon., Nov. 27, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a round table discussion on the new insights into British intelligence during the Cold War provided by recently declassified and still closed government records. Discussants include Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow at the Kennedy School, Michael Goodman, Professor of Intelligence Studies and International Affairs at Kings College London, and Huw Dylan, Senior Lecturer in Intelligence and International Security at Kings College London. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate. 

      The seminar will take place on Monday, November 27th from 2:00-3:15pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Snacks from Flour Bakery will be served. 

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      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "R = T x V x C: A Practical Primer for National Security Decision-making," with Paul Hollingsworth

      Thu., Nov. 16, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with Paul Hollingsworth, the former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs on the NSC staff at the White House. The seminar will take place on Thursday, November 16th from 2:00-3:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate.

    • David S. Cohen

      Benn Craig/Belfer Center

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "Financial Intelligence in the Digital Age," Lunch with David S. Cohen

      Thu., Nov. 9, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a lunch seminar with David S. Cohen, the former Deputy Director of the CIA, on "Financial Intelligence in the Digital Age." The lunch will take place on Thursday, November 9th from 12:15-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate.

    • Putin and Trump speak at the G20 Summit.

      Evan Vucci/AP

      Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

      "US-Russia Through the Eyes of the General Staff," Lunch with BG (ret) Kevin Ryan and Ambassador Douglas Lute

      Wed., Nov. 8, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

      Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

      The Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with Former US Ambassador Douglas Lute and former Defense Attache BG (ret) Kevin Ryan on "US-Russia Though the Eyes of the General Staff," taking place on Wednesday, November 8th from 12:15-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larrsen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate.

      Lunch will be served. First come, first served.