7403 Past Events

Flags of Afghanistan and NATO


Seminar - Open to the Public

Transatlantic Crises: AUKUS, the China Challenge and Afghanistan

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm


The U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has spurred European anxiety and frustration and also reignited a long-standing debate over European strategic autonomy, notably in the field of security and defence. Additionally, the recent historic trilateral security pact between the UK, U.S. and Australia in the Asia-Pacific (AUKUS) and its first major initiative of delivering a nuclear-powered submarine fleet has led to France recalling its ambassador to the United States in protest.

Please join the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a seminar with Nathalie Tocci, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, Joe Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, and moderated by Karl Kaiser, Fellow with the Project on Europe, to discuss the state of the relationship between Europe and the Biden administration given these challenges, what lies behind the European critique of U.S. foreign policy, and the implications this might have on a transatlantic approach to China. The discussion will also explore whether this moment represents a genuine turning point in European ambitions to assume greater responsibility and risk on security and defence, the obstacles that persist, and the future of the transatlantic partnership.

Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project: Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 23rd at Felipe's Taqueria from 5 - 7pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Drinks and snacks provided.


Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Fall Semester 2021 Intelligence Study Group

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 - Wed., Dec. 1, 2021

The Intelligence Study Group is designed for students considering careers in government or private sector intelligence, as well as for those interested in a broad introduction to the use and abuse of intelligence. Over the course of 10 sessions, participants will become familiar with intelligence history, methodology, organizations and practice.

The Study Group will use historical examples (‘Applied History’), current readings, and discussion to examine how intelligence enhances policy decision-making, where it fails, and the differences between intelligence in liberal democracies and one-party states. The sessions will be led by former senior CIA officer Paul Kolbe, Director of the Belfer Center Intelligence Project, and intelligence historian, Calder Walton, Belfer Intelligence Project Director of Research, and Michael Miner, Intelligence Project Research Associate and Harvard Instructor. 

Participation is limited to 30 students and is determined by application.

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, right, and Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino, the Pacific Fleet commander, watch live-fire demonstrations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex during RIMPAC 2020, Aug. 26, 2020.

U.S. Navy Photo/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Luke McGovern

Seminar - Open to the Public

Returning to Rimland Containment? Historicizing Current American Policies in the Asia-Pacific

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Mesrob Vartavarian, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center

The recent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has raised a host of questions regarding America's future strategic direction and geopolitical policies. This seminar argues that President Biden's hard pivot to Asia can potentially succeed in curbing China's revisionist aspirations if it takes the needs and distinct historical trajectories of America's Asia-Pacific alliance partners into account. It uses Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines as case studies.

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

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Gulf and a World in Transition: A Conversation with Bahraini Ambassador to the US Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project for a conversation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, on Wednesday, September 22 in the Alison Dining Room or via Zoom. Topics will include the history and current status of the Abraham Accords, the landmark establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the UAE with the State of Israel. The Ambassador will also discuss the impact on Bahrain and the Gulf of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and will provide a perspective on the most significant security challenges faced by Bahrain, to include views of Covid, Climate Change, and the roles and influence in the Gulf of Iran, Russia, China, and Turkey.

This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here: https://forms.gle/daNaE2m51qpXeWA66 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 


Seminar - Harvard Students

The Coming AI Hackers

Tue., Sep. 21, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Join the Cyber Project with Bruce Schneier as he discusses his paper, The Coming AI Hackers:  Bruce Schneier warns that artificial intelligence will eventually find vulnerabilities in all sorts of social, economic, and political systems, and then exploit them at unprecedented speed, scale, and scope. After hacking humanity, AI systems will then hack other AI systems, and humans will be little more than collateral damage.

This event will be held at One Brattle, Suite 470 and will be capped at 15 students per COVID guidelines.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Frank Geels on “Understanding and Shaping the Dynamics of Low-Carbon Transitions”

Mon., Sep. 20, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for the first Energy Policy Seminar of the 2021 Fall Semester featuring Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, at the University of Manchester. Professor Geels will present "Understanding and Shaping the Dynamics of Low-Carbon Transitions: Insights and examples from socio-technical transitions research." HKS Professor William Clark will moderate the discussion and Q&A.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch via the EPSS homepage.

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization: Treaty Negotiations in Geneva in 1994.


Seminar - Open to the Public

Veto Players, Treaty Effectiveness, and Multilateral Nuclear Arms Control

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Stephen Herzog, Senior Researcher in Nuclear Arms Control, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich; Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Why do some treaties face difficult entry-into-force prospects after negotiators agree on their legal provisions? Multilateral nuclear arms control treaties, for example, often face far more contentious journeys to enter into force than their bilateral counterparts. These treaties usually indicate the number of states that must deposit ratification instruments, or may even require participation by specific states. To better understand such delays, Stephen Herzog presents a theory of treaty entry-into-force.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkd-mhqjsvHdH15Dg8RHMId9xyGBgKSpQB 

Seminar - Open to the Public

UNRWA, Its Mandate, Successes, and Challenges

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:15pm


At a moment when public policy and public health are becoming increasingly intertwined, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini will share his unique perspective on UNRWA’s past, present, and future strategies for supporting Palestinian refugees. MEI Faculty Director, Tarek Masoud, will moderate this discussion.