16 Upcoming Events

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

“AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order” Belfer Center Seminar with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Wed., May 1, 2019 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Belfer Center will host a seminar with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, founding President of Google China and Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, on his new book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. The discussion will be moderated by Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University and will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Belfer Center Library. Refreshments will be provided.

The two leaders in Artificial Intelligence, China and the United States, have opposing attitudes toward the development, implementation, and marketing of this technology. The U.S maintains a competitive edge, but China has outlined a compelling strategy to achieve global AI leadership by 2030. In pursuit of AI dominance, both countries will have to answer tough questions about its implications for global income inequality, job displacement, data surveillance, loss of privacy, and other challenges. Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has lived and worked in both China and the U.S. and will offer perspectives on the competition for AI as well as the outlook for the Chinese economy and broader US-China economic relations.

Weekly public audience, Pope Francis, Saint Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The (Im)Morality of Deterrence: Questions for the Pope, Policymakers, and Practitioners

Thu., May 2, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Tory Kindrick, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Policymakers and theorists have long debated the utility of nuclear deterrence as policy, while philosophers have debated its morality. In 2017, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, declared the use of nuclear deterrence to be immoral, signing the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in his role as head of state of Vatican City. No nuclear weapons states have as yet signed the treaty. This discussion explores how moral views may facilitate and complicate policy discussion and considers questions for moral authorities, policymakers, and practitioners when contemplating the morality of deterrence.

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

Co-Sponsored by Project on Managing the Atom

Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Ethics & Morality of Intelligence

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

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

Harvard Yard in the early spring.


Conference - Open to the Public

Reimagining Investing in Frontier Technologies

Wed., May 15, 2019 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) and Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting an invite-only, one-day workshop to  convene investors (Limited Partners and General Partners) and entrepreneurs (CEOs) investing in and building emerging and disruptive technologies in areas including artificial intelligence, genome engineering, advanced computing technologies and more.