7615 Past Events

JFK Jr Forum - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

CANCELLED: A Conversation with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba

Fri., Sep. 23, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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


Please join the Institute of Politics, the Future of Diplomacy Project, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Ukraine Caucus in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum for a conversation with Dmytro Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, moderated by Ambassador Paula Dobriansky (PhD '91), a Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project. Seven months into Russia’s war of aggression, Ukraine faces multiple and ever-evolving diplomatic and security challenges to protect its territorial integrity. Minister Kuleba will discuss the conditions on the ground, the country’s current humanitarian and food security situation, the critical role of the U.S. and its European allies in supporting Ukraine’s resistance efforts, and the global implications of this conflict.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and the Harvard Kennedy School Ukraine Caucus.

Please register by 12:00 PM ET on Friday, September 23 if you would like the possibility of attending this event in-person. Registrants will be notified by 5:00 PM ET that day if a seat is available for them in the venue. If a seat is not available, registrants can stream the event live via our social media channels.

A school of scalloped hammerhead sharks

Daniel Kwok/Flickr

Seminar - Harvard Students

Ecuador's Ecological Transition: A Conversation with Minister Gustavo Manrique Miranda

Fri., Sep. 23, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) for our next Global Energy Transition Talk featuring Gustavo Manrique Miranda, Ecuador's Minister of the Environment, Water and Ecological Transition. Minister Manrique will discuss the process of the creation of the Hermandad Marine Reserve encircling the Galápagos Islands, in the context of the Ecological Transition policy adopted by the administration of H.E. President Guillermo Lasso. ENRP Senior Fellow Nicola De Blasio will moderate the discussion.

Q&A with students to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendance: This event is open to current Harvard Kennedy School students. RSVP required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Elizabeth Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

A stack of books about nuclear weapons.

Mariana Budjeryn

Special Series - Open to the Public

Beyond the Nuclear Canon: Teaching the Bomb in the 21st Century

Fri., Sep. 23, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm



(Note this is a Zoom webinar. Please register  HERE or at the link below.)

Over the past several decades, the nuclear field has developed a classical canon of seemingly sacred texts. These works are likely to be assigned in university-level courses on nuclear policy across the United States and the globe. Over the past few years, however, the nuclear field – just as affected by hierarchies and injustices as other social milieus – has been shaken by calls to critically rethink the global nuclear predicament and engage with more diverse voices and perspectives. This must involve interrogating the transmitter of nuclear knowledge: the academic syllabus. It is imperative to revisit how nuclear courses are taught, what questions are raised, and what texts are assigned. Accordingly, MTA brings together a group of exceptional scholars and long-time teachers of nuclear history and politics to discuss challenges, discoveries, frustrations, and the importance of teaching the bomb in the 21st century.

While this virtual event is on the record, 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.

Moderator: Mariana Budjeryn, MTA Belfer


Anne Harrington, Cardiff University, Highly NRiched

Dr. Anne I. Harrington is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. She has held fellowships at major universities in the US and Europe, including the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. In 2013-2014, she worked for the United States Congress as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, first as a National Security Fellow in the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and then at the Congressional Research Service. Her research on nuclear nonproliferation, deterrence and disarmament has appeared among other places, in Millennium, the Nonproliferation Review, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times. She is a co-founder of Highly Nriched, a nonpartisan, crowdsourced, online platform for teaching resources on nuclear issues.

Rebecca Davis Gibbons, University of Southern Maine

Rebecca Davis Gibbons is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern Maine. She previously served as a fellow and associate of the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her book The Hegemon’s Tool Kit: US Leadership and the Politics of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime was published by Cornell University Press in 2022.

David Holloway, Stanford University

David HOLLOWAY is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, a professor of history and political science, and a senior fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies at Stanford University, Emeritus. He was co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford from 1991 to 1997, and director of FSI from 1998 to 2003.

Before coming to Stanford, Holloway taught at the University of Lancaster and the University of Edinburgh. Born and raised in Ireland, he received his BA/MA in modern languages and literature, and his PhD in social and political sciences, both from Cambridge University.

Holloway is the author of The Soviet Union and the Arms Race (Yale University Press, 1983) and Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 1994). He co-authored (with Sidney Drell and Philip Farley) The Reagan Strategic Defense Initiative: Technical, Political and Arms Control Assessment (Ballinger, 1984). He co-edited, with Leopoldo Nuti, The Making of the Global Nuclear Order in the 1970s: Issues and Consequences (Routledge, 2021) 265 pp. His current research and writing focus on the international history of nuclear wepons.

Karthika Sasikumar, San Jose State University

Karthika Sasikumar began her education in Hyderabad, India. From 1995 to 1999, she was a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where she earned Master's and M.Phil Degrees from the School of International Studies.

Dr. Sasikumar received her Ph.D. from the Government Department at Cornell University in 2006. Her dissertation explores the interaction between India and the international nuclear nonproliferation order.

Before coming to San Jose State University, where she is a Professor of Political Science, Dr. Sasikumar was a Program Associate at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Associate in the International Security Program at Harvard University’s  Kennedy School of Government, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s  Liu Institute for Global Issues in Vancouver, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and CooperationStanford University.

In 2010-11, she spent a year at the Belfer Center as the first Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow. She is the Vice-Chair of the SJSU Senate, and the co-editor of the Journal of Political and Military Sociology. She has served as a mentor in the Preparing Future Professors Program, and as the Co-PI for the university’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence.

Her research and teaching interests are in International Relations theory, international regimes, global security, migration, and national identity.




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

Belfer Center Director's Lunch with Tom Donilon

Thu., Sep. 22, 2022 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Due to popularity, this event is full. 

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with Tom Donilon, Belfer Center Senior Fellow and former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, in the Belfer Library (L369) on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 from 12:15-1:30pm. 

This event is off the record and will only be in-person. Due to the limited space available for this event, please await a confirmation email from the event team before attending.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Explaining Putin: The Man Behind War in Ukraine

Wed., Sep. 21, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm


With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine now in its seventh month and Russian forces in surprising retreat, the question still remains of how history, geography, and personality led to the largest conflict in Europe since 1945 – one that might be entering a more dangerous phase. How did we get here, did it have to happen, how might it be resolved, and with what consequences? 

Join us for a fascinating discussion with Philip Short, author of the recently published biography Putin, which draws on deep research to reveal the man behind the invasion of Ukraine who has dragged Russia back to a dark past. In light of the setbacks Russia has suffered in the face of stubborn Ukrainian resistance, signs of growing discontent at home, and an economy facing long term debilitation, might an alternate title be Putin - A Comeuppance Long in the Making?

Philip Short’s career has included serving as a foreign correspondent in Moscow, Beijing, and Washington, D.C., for the BBC, the Economist, and the Times of London. He is the author of definitive biographies on Mao, Pol Pot, and Francois Mitterand.

This virtual event is on the record and is open to the public. Paul Kolbe, Intelligence Project Director, will moderate this session. Registration is required. Please register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_01XhTi02SCKT-LriTCcLEQ.

Seminar - Open to the Public

A More Representative America at Home and Abroad: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the U.S. State Department

Tue., Sep. 20, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Littauer Building - Room 332

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Maryum Saifee, Senior Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Saifee will discuss the Department’s efforts to build a more inclusive organization by recruiting and retaining a workforce that truly reflects America abroad. On September 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of State has released its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan, a roadmap to operationalize last year’s White House Executive Order on DEIA in the Federal Workforce. This conversation will be moderated by Erika Manouselis, Manager of the Future of Diplomacy Project.

The event will take place in person for Harvard ID holders and online via Zoom.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Joe Aldy on "Learning to Build Back Better"

Mon., Sep. 19, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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

Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring Joe Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Aldy will give a talk on "Learning to Build Back Better." Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Attendance: In-person attendance is limited to Harvard ID holders. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom.

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: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Registration:Both in-person and virtual attendees should register using the button below. Upon registering, all attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link; virtual attendees should use the Zoom link to access the seminar. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Gulf and a World in Transition: A Conversation with Bahraini Ambassador to the US Shaikh Abdulla Rashed Al Khalifa

Mon., Sep. 19, 2022 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

On Monday, September 19, the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project will host a conversation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla Rashed Al Khalifa, on Monday, September 19. His Excellency will address current diplomatic priorities for the Kingdom of Bahrain and will provide a perspective on the most significant security challenges faced by Bahrain, in the context of the continuing COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

The conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe.

This event will be be on the record. It is for Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is not open to the public. Registration is capped at 50.

**Registration Closed**


Conference - Open to the Public

Marking the CIA’s 75th Anniversary: Reflections on the Past, Visions of the Future

Fri., Sep. 16, 2022 | 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Charles Hotel

*In-person registration closed*

This year, the Central Intelligence Agency celebrates its 75th birthday. From the early days of the cold war and through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, fall of the Soviet Union, 9/11 and the War on Terror, and the surging threats of the 21st century, the CIA has been at the center of US foreign policy and national security decision making. Stunning operational and analytic success has been interwoven with consequential failures and scandal.

On Friday, September 16, please join an illustrious group of intelligence authors, scholars, and retired high-ranking practitioners to discuss the past 75 years of the agency, including both well-known and little-known aspects of the agency's evolution and its current activities to further the nation's national security. The conference program and speaker bios are below.

This full-day conference, hosted by the Belfer Center's Intelligence Project, will take place at the Charles Hotel.

All participants are welcome to attend via Zoom. In-person registration is now closed. Registration is open to the public and is required. Please register via https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ncjpkgdrTpi10jxWSUadRg.