The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with the Honorable Robert D. Blackwill, former U.S. Ambassador to India, and Belfer Center Director Graham Allison, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Allison and Blackwill lead a group of America's best Russia experts in an analysis with a prescription for advancing American national interests in the US-Russian relationship.

Members of the task force include such luminaries as: Senator Sam Nunn, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Dr. John Deutch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Dimitri Simes, President, Center for the National Interest; Dr. Thomas Graham, Kissinger Associates, Inc; Dr. Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution; General James Jones, Jones Group International; Dr. Philip Zelikow, University of Virginia and others.

Robert Blackwill is Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His current work focuses on American foreign policy writ large as well as American foreign policy toward India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2004, Blackwill was deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic planning under President George W. Bush. He served as presidential envoy to Iraq, administration coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran, and U.S. ambassador to India. He is the recipient of the 2007 Bridge-Builder Award for his role in transforming U.S.-India relations. He has been the Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School, associate dean of the Kennedy School, and is the author and editor of numerous articles and books. Ambassador Blackwill is on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Aspen Strategy Group; and on the boards of the Nixon Center and Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Graham Allison is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Founding Dean of the modern Kennedy School, Dr. Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Clinton. Dr. Allison's first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971) ranks among the all-time bestsellers with more than 450,000 copies in print. His latest book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, now in its third printing, was selected by the New York Times as one of the "100 most notable books of 2004."

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