16 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"The Assault on Intelligence," with General Michael Hayden

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

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

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. 

A boy stands on the shore of a beach in Kos where he is staying together with his family. //Stephen Ryan/IFRC

Stephen Ryan/IFRC

Seminar - Open to the Public

Accompanying Unaccompanied Child Refugees: The Challenges Facing Advocates and Activists

Wed., Sep. 26, 2018 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies - South Building

Location: Center for Government and International Studies, South Building, Room S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

A panel discussion with Jacqueline Bhabha (FXB Center at HSPH), Sofia Kouvelaki (The Home Project, Athens), and Vidur Chopra (HGSE). Moderated by Melani Cammett (Harvard Government Department).

Co-sponsored by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Lunch will be served.

Conference - Open to the Public

Taking Flight: Exploring Innovative Uses of Drone Technology

Wed., Sep. 26, 2018 | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

“Taking Flight: Exploring Innovative Uses of Drone Technology” – a half-day conference hosted by the Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center – will focus on the security, commercial, and humanitarian futures of this rapidly emerging technology. Speakers will highlight opportunities for the expansion of drone technology both for defense and non-defense uses and will underscore the need to ensure that the technology will be utilized in ways that benefit the public good.

The conference will include expert presentations and discussions on drone applications and implications for the defense, humanitarian, and commercial sectors. 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.  The conference will conclude with a cocktail reception.

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

Into the Hands of the Soldiers cover


Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Talk: Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East

Wed., Sep. 26, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye A, 5th Floor

A seminar with David Kirkpatrick, New York Times International Correspondent and Cairo Bureau Chief, 2011-2015, on his recent book Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East (Viking, 2018).

Followed by a book signing at the Harvard COOP, 1400 Mass Ave in Harvard Square.

Co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.


JFK Jr Forum - Open to the Public

China’s Anti-Poverty Miracle?

Wed., Sep. 26, 2018 | 6:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

A JFK Jr. Forum event with:

Lu Mai
Secretary General, China Development Research Foundation

Rohini Pande
Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

Anthony Saich
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Graham Allison (Moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

On the cover of Puck published on April 6, 1901, in the wake of gainful victory in the Spanish–American War, Columbia—the National personification of the U.S.—preens herself with an Easter bonnet in the form of a warship bearing the words "World Power" and the word "Expansion" on the smoke coming out of its stack.

Library of Congress

Seminar - Open to the Public

Power, Perception, and Status: Understanding Ambiguous Global Order

Thu., Sep. 27, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Benjamin Zala, Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

For some time now, in both the scholarly literature and the statements of practitioners, it has been possible to identify competing perceptions of how many major centers of power exist in the world. Therefore whether the distribution of power should be characterized as unipolar, bipolar, multipolar, or perhaps even "nonpolar," has been a central theme of much analysis leading to a general sense of ambiguity in the way scholars and policymakers describe the inter-state order. This seminar will outline a way of making sense of this phenomenon without abandoning polarity analysis altogether. It will answer two central questions; how can scholars and policymakers account for the occurrence of competing perceptions of polarity theoretically? And how should they characterize its importance historically?

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

People watch a news program on TV reporting about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Special Series - Open to the Public

Seoul Forum for International Affairs – Harvard Track II Dialogue on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Fri., Sep. 28, 2018 | 9:30am

1 Brattle Square - Room 401

With the next inter-Korean summit and Xi Jinping-Kim Jong Un meeting scheduled for September, we’ll be convening a special Seoul Forum for International Affairs (SFIA) - Harvard Track II dialogue on Friday, September 28. This public event will highlight insights from former senior practitioners and leading experts from the Republic of Korea and the United States.

The co-organizers of this event are the Seoul Forum for International Affairs, Harvard Belfer Center’s Korea Working Group, and Harvard Korea Institute’s Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs


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

AT CAPACITY:"Is Diplomacy Still Alive?" A Conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Secretary Ash Carter

Fri., Sep. 28, 2018 | 10:30am - 11:45am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Floor 2.5

Due to overwhelming popularity this event is at capacity and we cannot accept any additional RSVPs. 

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship will co-host French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Starr Auditorium.

For security purposes, no backpacks or large bags will be allowed into the event, small bags will be subject to inspection by security. The event will be open to Harvard ID holders only.