14 Upcoming Events

A view of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with the golden Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old city, Wednesday, June 4, 2008.//AP Photo/Dan Balilty

AP Photo/Dan Balilty

Seminar - Open to the Public

Domesticating the Holy: Women’s Movements and Struggles over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space

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

Harvard Law School

A seminar with Lihi Ben Shitrit, Research Fellow, Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.  Part of the ILSP-LSC Workshop Series on Gender, Law, and Society.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Religious Literacy Project at HDS, the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, the Muslim Law Students Association, and Middle East Initiative at HKS.

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

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

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. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Inadvertent Expansion in World Politics

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

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Nicholas D. Anderson, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Most existing theories of expansion and territorial conquest tend to focus on key actors at the center of great states and empires, and on their will and ability to engage in expansion. However, a number of important instances of territorial expansion in the history of great power politics do not align well with these theories, showing territorial expansion to be far more peripherally-driven and far less intentional than they would expect. Drawing on research on the British and Japanese Empires, as well as on America's westward expansion, this presentation will outline a theory of inadvertent expansion that helps account for these puzzling and counter-intuitive cases.

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

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in a press conference with U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium on July 12, 2018.

U.S. Department of State

Seminar - Open to the Public

Impact of the US Departure from JCPOA on Iran-US Bilateral Relations & the Regional Crisis

Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 | 4:30pm

Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

Following President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and reimposition of sanctions against the country, Seyed Hossein Mousavian will explore the implications of these developments on US-Iran bilateral relations, Iran's nuclear program, as well as regional political dynamics. Mousavian is a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. He is a former diplomat who served as Iran’s Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), and was the Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council (1997-2005). Discussant: Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni. Co-sponsored by the WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar


Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Center Director's Lunch with U/S Andrea Thompson

Fri., Nov. 16, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

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

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary, Arms Control, U.S. State Department on "A Discussion about the Present and Future Direction of Arms Proliferation," in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

President-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Bolsonaro's Brazil: What Happened and What Will Happen?

Mon., Nov. 19, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2006-2009, will discuss the recent elections in Brazil with Professor Nicholas Burns.

RSVP required. Open to Harvard faculty, fellows, staff, and students. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Book cover: The Empty Throne


Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Talk: The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

Tue., Nov. 20, 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Empty Throne is an inside portrait of the greatest lurch in US foreign policy since the decision to retreat back into Fortress America after World War I. The whipsawing of US policy has upended all that America's postwar leadership created-strong security alliances, free and open markets, an unquestioned commitment to democracy and human rights. Impulsive, theatrical, ill-informed, backward-looking, bullying, and reckless are the qualities that the American president brings to the table, when he shows up at all. The world has had to absorb the spectacle of an America unmaking the world it made, and the consequences will be with us for years to come.