7966 Past Events

Then U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried meets Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv, Ukraine December 13, 2021.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry/Handout

Study Group - Harvard Students

European Security Unsettled, Take Two: Continuing the Debates Unleashed by Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Wed., Feb. 28, 2024 - Wed., Apr. 3, 2024

Littauer Building - Kahn Seminar Room, 382

Harvard Kennedy School Study Group led by Dr. Karen Donfried, Belfer Center Senior Fellow

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

Over the course of six sessions, a study group, led by Dr. Karen Donfried, will examine key foreign policy debates flowing from Russia’s war against Ukraine. The objective is to provide a deeper understanding of the geopolitics of the war in Ukraine and the implications for U.S. interests.

Eligibility requirements: Harvard graduate and post-graduate students, who can attend all six sessions. We will seek to accommodate several undergraduates. Applicants with a strong interest in foreign affairs are encouraged to apply. No specific experience or first-hand knowledge of the issues is required. 

  • Apply online through this link by 12:00 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Late applications will not be considered.

Beth Noveck

Kathleen Dooher

Seminar - Open to the Public

AI Cyber Lunch: "Beyond Deliberation: Deepening Participation with AI"

Wed., Feb. 28, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Over the past decade, various forms of representative, small group conversations—known collectively as sortition—have gained in global popularity. Those willing to participate are selected from among a larger sample of the population to meet offline or on for informed policy conversations. Now AI companies, too, are staging these civic dialogues in the hope of appearing more responsive to public input. 

In this AI Cyber Lunch, Beth Noveck, Professor of Experiential AI and Director of the Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University, will discuss how AI could help us fashion better deliberation and more powerful forms of democratic engagement. Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. All are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link.

Recording: Please be advised that this seminar will not be recorded. The event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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

National Security Fellows

O. Leiwant

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

From Crisis to Organization: Enhancing Inter-Agency Coordination in the NSC

Tue., Feb. 27, 2024 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Please join the Belfer Center’s Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy Program (DETS) for a seminar on “From Crisis to Organization: Enhancing Inter-Agency Coordination in the NSC” on Tuesday, February 27th at 3:00 PM in Ellwood Democracy Lab (Rubenstein-414AB).

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: "Advancing Equitable Clean Technology Investment"

Mon., Feb. 26, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring Jahi Wise, Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Wise will give a talk on "Advancing Equitable Clean Technology Investment." Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. The seminar will also be streamed via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link.

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 becomes available.

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

Sponsors: The Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program, the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Countering Risks to the Homeland. A Conversation with Mary Ellen Callahan

Mon., Feb. 26, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Please join the Homeland Security Project for a lunch seminar on February 26 from 12-1:30pm with Mary Ellen Callahan, Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. Assistant Secretary Callahan will discuss the work of the CWMD office in defending the United States against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, as well as challenges and opportunities for DHS in the years ahead. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Juliette Kayyem, with time reserved for Q&A. 

This event is open to all Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and staff. Please RSVP below.

 

Kang Yun Sok, center right, vice-chairman of North Korea's Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly and Chinese Ambassador to North Korea Wang Yajun, center left, look around the Friendship Tower as they attended a wreath-laying ceremony on the 73rd anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers into the Korean front at the tower in Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 25, 2023.

AP/Jon Chol Jin

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Strategies of Security Cooperation: External Balancing in Chinese Foreign Policy, 1949–Present

Thu., Feb. 22, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Eleanor Freund, Research Fellow, International Security Program

What factors explain variation in China's security cooperation with other states? Why has China formed alliances or deployed troops to fight alongside partners in some cases, while in others it has limited itself to the transfer of weapons or the signature of neutrality agreements? More generally, how can scholars measure and explain the range of security cooperation behaviors that states exhibit in both peacetime and war?

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

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and British Foreign Secretary David Cameron speak during a media availability at the State Department, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 in Washington.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Briefings on Europe | An Unbreakable Bond? Navigating the UK-US Special Relationship in a Time of Rising Global Conflicts

Wed., Feb. 21, 2024 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Belfer Senior Fellow Karen Donfried will moderate a conversation with David Rutley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Americas, Caribbean and the Overseas Territories).

A light lunch will be provided.

Image of door with Federal Trade Commission hanging on ceiling above

AP Photo/Ron Cogswell

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Conversation with the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Trade Commission Stephanie Nguyen (MPP 2019)

Wed., Feb. 21, 2024 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Please join the Belfer Center's Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy Program for a a conversation with Stephanie Nguyen, Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Trade Commission, on Wednesday, February 21st from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM in Wexner 434AB.

This session is off the record, in person, and for HUID holders only. If your RSVP has been confirmed, you will receive confirmation and event details prior to the session.

A picture of navy ship

Matias Delacroix | APNewsroom

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Geopolitical Insights with Rear Admiral Mike Studeman

Wed., Feb. 21, 2024 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Join the Intelligence Project for a discussion on a geopolitical tour de force with a focus on the cross straits dynamic courtesy of recently retired Rear Admiral Mike Studeman. Admiral Studeman had a storied career in the US Navy, culminating with his 2022 assignment as the Commander of Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, an honors graduate in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute, and a distinguished graduate of the National War College. 

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 21st from 1:30 to 2:45PM in the Fainsod Room. This seminar is in person only, open to the first 35 people to register, and is open to Harvard ID holders. Light refreshments will be served and will be under the Chatham House Rules.

Seminar - Open to the Public

AI Cyber Lunch: "The Conjunction: Where Privacy, Security, and AI Meet"

Wed., Feb. 21, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Please join the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program for an AI Cyber Lunch featuring Amie Stepanovich, Vice President for U.S. Policy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Stepanovich will give a talk entitled "The Conjunction: Where Privacy, Security, and AI Meet." Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. All are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link.

Recording: Please be advised that this seminar will not be recorded. The event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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