3 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"Varieties of Protectionism: Neoliberal Reform in the Arab world" - a book talk with Steve Monroe

Wed., Dec. 6, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Professor Steve Monroe will discuss his upcoming book Varieties of Protectionism: Neoliberal reform in the Arab world, which explores why neoliberal trade policies have not deepened international trade in many Arab markets, with MEI Research Fellow Sharan Grewal.

French troops evacuate the Coblenz Zone of the demilitarized Rhineland in 1929.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Strategic Logic of Pacification Agreements

Thu., Dec. 7, 2023 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Anatoly Levshin, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program

Why do states conclude treaties restricting the use of military power in particular geographical domains or against particular states? Across the past two centuries, states have concluded over seventy such pacification agreements. Examples include the neutralization of Belgium (1839–1919), demilitarization of the Rhineland (1919–1936), and renunciation of the right of war under the League of Nations (1920–1946) and United Nations (1945–). In this seminar, Anatoly Levshin will argue that pacification agreements should be understood as strategic solutions to the risk of inefficient escalation of interstate wars and that variation in their institutional design should be understood as deliberate adaptation to shifts in the perceived distribution of that risk. This argument will be validated using case studies composed with original archival research.

Open to Harvard ID Holders Only: Admittance will be on a first come–first served basis. Coffee &Tea Provided.

Reindeer grazing in the snow

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Seminar - Open to the Public

COP28 Climate Outcomes: What Do They Mean for the Arctic?

Mon., Dec. 18, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm


Join Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Margaret Williams for a debrief with Arctic experts recently returned from the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP28. The panelists will reflect on their key takeaways from the conference and answer any questions you might have about its outcomes, with a focus on Arctic biodiversity, permafrost thaw, and Indigenous peoples.

Recording: The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page (typically one week later). Those who register for this event will automatically receive a link to the recording as soon as it is available.

Accessibility: To request accommodations or for questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.