7088 Past Events

Special Series - Open to the Public

Middle East Initiative Fall 2020 Open House

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm


An opportunity to learn more about the programs, projects, and scholarly community at the Middle East Initiative.

A nighttime view of the Lujiazui peninsula of Shanghai, seen from the Bund, 25 November 2019. Lujiazui is Shanghai’s financial district.

Wikimedia CC/Phizz

Seminar - Open to the Public

When Fast-Growing Great Powers Slow Down: Historical Evidence and Implications for China

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Michael Beckley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Tufts University

Most discussion on U.S.-China policy focuses on the implications of a rising China. This presentation, by contrast, considers some of the challenges that could be posed by an economically stagnating China. How would a severe and sustained economic growth slowdown affect China's foreign policy and military modernization? Would military conflict between China and the United States become more or less likely? This presentation addresses these questions by comparing China to past rising great powers that experienced major economic slowdowns.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:

Retired New York City firefighter Joseph McCormick visits the South Pool prior to the September 11 memorial ceremony at the World Trade Center site in New York.

AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith, File

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

W3D: Virtual Session on Homeland Security with Farah Pandith and Juliette Kayyem

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:30am


Join W3D, in collaboration with the Future of Diplomacy Project and Diplomacy PIC, for a virtual conversation with Farah Pandith and Juliette Kayyem on the state of homeland security 19 years after 9/11. We'll discuss how homeland security has changed over that time, what new challenges it will face in the future, and more with two of the leading experts in the field! 

Please click here to RSVP for the virtual event.  Confirmed attendees will receive the Zoom link via email. 

Conference - Open to the Public

Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 - Fri., Sep. 25, 2020


Agents of Change: Driving a More Diverse and Capable Intelligence Community is a two-day conference co-hosted by the Intelligence and Cyber Projects at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

The conference will take place over two consecutive mornings, with the first day focusing on identifying and understanding the current state of, and the opportunities and issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) in the IC; and the second focused on developing and discussing innovative solutions to these issues. We will convene senior leadership in the USIC, current and former intelligence officers, and leaders in the private sector and academia to facilitate honest, open, and productive conversations.

This conference is virtual, open to the public, and free to attend.  Advanced registration is required. Please register here or via the link below to gain access to the Zoom link. 

Flags of the GCC States flying in West Bay in Doha, Qatar in 2006.

By vobios @ Flickr

Workshop - Open to the Public

Frontiers in Big Data Analyses on Economic Reforms: The Case of Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 | 8:00am - 11:00am


This virtual workshop, co-hosted by the Office of the Chief Economist - Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, will feature MEI Senior Fellow  Rabah Arezki, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, Ferid Belhaj, Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank, MEI Faculty Director Tarek Masoud, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, Ha Nguyen, Senior Economist, MENA Chief Economist’s Office, World Bank, and others.

Book cover for JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

Random House

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Fredrik Logevall — JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm


At a moment when America's global leadership is in doubt – and when reasoned statecraft is needed more than ever – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for our Fall 2020 Applied History Series.  By consulting distinguished public servants and historians, this speaker series illuminates today's world by looking to lessons from the past.

BenBella Books

BenBella Books

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump

Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm


A Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) seminar with William J. Perry and Tom Z. Collina on their new book  The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump.

The session is open to the public.  Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

    Information Session - Open to the Public

    Technology and Public Purpose Open House

    Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


    Come learn more about opportunities to get involved with the Technology and Public Purpose Project!

    Registration for this event is required. Please use this link to RSVP

    Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos

    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The U.S.-Australia Alliance Including the Importance of Allies

    Mon., Sep. 21, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:15pm


    Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a discussion about the relationship between the United States and Australia and the importance of allies with Arthur Sinodinos, Ambassador of Australia to the U.S.  This seminar will be moderated by Professor Nicholas Burns.

    PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.