8033 Past Events

GIs take time out to read newspapers and magazines above and below their sandbagged bunker in a base camp set up in a jungle clearing in South Vietnam near the Cambodian border, Nov. 28, 1966.

AP/Horst Faas

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Grunt Free Press: Countercultural Movements and Contested Masculinities during the Vietnam War

Thu., May 16, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Addison Jensen, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

Throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, a wave of social and racial justice movements swept the United States, capturing the attention of American citizens both at home and abroad, including men and women serving in the Vietnam War. Two of these countercultural campaigns—the antiwar and women's liberation movements—issued a direct challenge to martial masculinity, a central pillar in the United States' battle against communism in Vietnam. In its place, the movements offered up their own alternative notions of masculinity. This presentation explores American servicemen's responses to this "crisis of masculinity" through the lens of Grunt Free Press—a GI-centered, underground-styled magazine that circulated among the troops in Vietnam between 1968 and 1972. Within the pages of Grunt Free Press, the GIs wrestled with evolving conceptions of masculinity, formulated their responses to the challenge, and found themselves increasingly open to countercultural ideas.

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

Pen on paper in front of an American flag.

Adobe Stock Image

Seminar - Open to the Public

Crafting Climate Policy That Sticks: An Arctic Case Study

Tue., May 14, 2024 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Climate change transcends terms of office and demands steadfast policy responses. The Arctic, which is warming three to four times faster than the rest of the world, is at the forefront of the climate crisis. Communities in the region are witnessing profound disruptions to their daily lives and livelihoods as their environment rapidly transforms.

Join us for a deep dive into how durable policies are critical for building the resilience communities impacted by climate change. The discussion will draw out lessons from the implementation of the U.S. Arctic Strategy, featuring insights from officials from the White House and the Department of Interior, climate scientists, and local leaders who are directly engaged in translating policy commitments into action. Learn how the strides made through this strategy are not just responding to current challenges but are setting the groundwork for a resilient future for the Arctic and all communities facing the impacts of climate change.

RSVP required. A Harvard University ID is required for in-person attendance; all are welcome to attend on Zoom. For questions or to request accessibility accommodations, contact Elizabeth Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu).

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, prepares to greet U.S. President Joe Biden during arrivals at a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, July 11, 2023. NATO's summit began Tuesday with fresh momentum after Turkey withdrew its objections to Sweden joining the alliance, a step toward the unity that Western leaders have been eager to demonstrate in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

AP/Pavel Golovkin

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Alliance Reassurance and the Image of the Imperial Presidency

Mon., May 13, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: M. Patrick Hulme, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program

Recent work in the alliance politics literature has highlighted various "strategies of reassurance." The speaker argues that this extensive literature has overlooked a critical element in U.S. reassurance of its allies: perceptions of an American presidency willing and able to act unilaterally. Specifically, while allies seek for the American commitment to be "automatic," each U.S. defense pact contains a procedural clause conditioning the American commitment on its "constitutional processes." Allies are highly sensitive to this disparity, pressuring the American executive branch to "bridge the gap" through means such as broad assertions of presidential power, demonstrative unilateral uses of force, and tripwire deployments that legally facilitate unilateral action. The article illustrates the logic of the theory through case studies of U.S. alliances with NATO, South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand. It concludes by considering implications for the efficacy of tripwire deployments and broader debates over American grand strategy.

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

Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives for the Advancing the Sustainability and Adaptability of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda meeting during the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 21, 2023.

AP/Jason DeCrow, Pool

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Power of the Pen: Women's Substantive Representation in Comprehensive Peace Negotiations

Thu., May 9, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Elizabeth Good, Research Fellow, International Security Program

The Women, Peace and Security sector assumes increasing the number of women involved in peace negotiations drives better outcomes for local women. However, empirical support for this assumption is inconsistent. This research tests how power alters the relationship between women's formal (Track 1) involvement in peace negotiations and the inclusion of women-specific provisions in peace agreements. Using an original dataset comprised of 2299 Track 1 delegates involved in 116 comprehensive peace agreements finalized between 1990 and 2021, the speaker finds women's involvement in peace negotiations is positively correlated to comprehensive agreements containing provisions for women. However, this correlation is dependent on women holding positions of power—simply having women in the room is insufficient. This research offers a novel quantitative approach to Women, Peace and Security studies, provides nuance to theories linking descriptive and substantive representation, and casts doubt on the longstanding assumption that increasing women's involvement inherently enhances gender equality.

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

Silhouettes of two people speaking

Tom Merton/Caia Image | Adobe Stock

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Evolving Counterintelligence Challenge

Wed., May 8, 2024 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Join the Intelligence Project for a seminar with Alan Kohler, recently-retired Assistant Director of the FBI for Counterintelligence after 27 years dedicated to counterintelligence and national security matters. Alan Kohler will touch upon his perspective on how and why nations target the United States and share details about how these threats have evolved over the past 30 years. He will be sharing leadership lessons on how to counter challenges that we face today.  

This seminar will be moderated by the Intelligence Project and will take place on May 8th from 1:30PM to 2:45PM. This is an in person only event and is open to the first 50 registrants with a Harvard ID. Light refreshments will be served.

In this November 2005 file photo, a Russian border guards' tower is seen on Kunashir Island, one of the disputed Kuril Islands that are claimed by both Japan and Russia. The speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber said on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, that Moscow isn’t going to give up any of the disputed islands to Japan.


Seminar - Open to the Public

Uncertain Boundaries: Northeast Asia's Postwar Settlement and the Northern Territories

Mon., May 6, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - Room K262

Speaker: Sheila Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government, Harvard University

Dr. Sheila Smith will discuss her current project on the gradual unraveling of the post-World War II order based on the San Francisco Peace Treaty. She will introduce her latest research on the Northern Territories/Kuril Islands, which have been contested between Japan and Russia, and negotiation efforts since the Soviet-Japan Joint Declaration in 1956, which included multiple meetings between former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dr. Smith will also discuss developments against the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions in East Asia, relating to China's military modernization and North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons development.

Register for Zoom  Note: Registration is not required for in-person attendance.

Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo prior to their talks in Beijing, China, Feb. 4, 2022. Russian President Putin is expected to meet this week with Chinese leaders in Beijing on a visit that underscores China’s economic and diplomatic support for Moscow during its war in Ukraine.

Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File/Alexei Druzhinin

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Russia and China's Strategic Gamesmanship and Its Impact on Chinese Engagement in Europe

Thu., May 2, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Valbona Zeneli, Visiting Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University 

Prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese enjoyed unfettered access to Europe's economic, research, and academic domains. Chinese President Xi Jinping's friendship pact with Russian President Vladimir Putin resulted in negative reverberations throughout European capitals and raised concerns about China's strategic ambitions and their impact on Europe. The presentation will examine the change in Europe's assessment of Chinese ambitions since the initiation of the war in Ukraine and likely impact on Chinese engagement activities going forward, including the need for a stronger transatlantic coordination.

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

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Conversation with Bret Stephens

Mon., Apr. 29, 2024 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

Join Professor Tarek Masoud for a conversation with Bret Stephens, New York Times opinion columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of SAPIR, on the war in Gaza, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and the crisis of speech on college campuses. This event is part of the Middle East Initiative's "Middle East Dialogues," a series of frank, open, and probing encounters with vital and varied perspectives on the current conflict, its causes, and the prospects for peace and progress in the region.

This event is for HUID holders only. Registration is required.


Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

AUKUS at a Crossroads

Mon., Apr. 29, 2024 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a seminar about AUKUS at a Crossroads with Sophia Gaston, Head of Foreign Policy and UK Resilience at the Policy Exchange think tank in Westminster, and moderated by S.T. Lee Chair in U.S.-Asia Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, Rana Mitter on Monday, April 29th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in the Belfer Library (L-369)

In the two-and-a-half years since its surprise announcement, the deterrence rationale which underpinned the creation of the AUKUS security pact between Britain, the United States and Australia has only increased in urgency, as the geopolitical environment has deteriorated significantly. AUKUS stands at the vanguard of a new era of allied co-creation and co-development of the most vital future technologies we need for our military and economic competitiveness. If successful, it will deliver a mutual capability uplift in all three partners across both traditional and cutting-edge domains, and create the blueprint for enhanced allied competitiveness towards China and other disruptive adversaries. But as the project moves from planning to implementation, it is hitting up against the realities of constrained resources, political instability, and competing priorities, while other allies call for its expansion. Can the three AUKUS partners keep the show on the road and bring this ambitious pact to fruition? And what is at stake if they fail? This discussion will explore the risks facing AUKUS and why it’s vital this long-term project is able to endure in an age of political disruption.  

This event is in-person and for Harvard ID holders only.

Photo of Book Cover titled, "Fifty Years of Energy Policy, 1973-2023: Lessons for the Future," by John Deutch

TidePool Press

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Director's Lunch with John Deutch

Mon., Apr. 29, 2024 | 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a Director’s Lunch with John Deutch, Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, moderated by Belfer Center Director Meghan O’Sullivan. Deutch will be discussing his new book, "Fifty Years of Energy Policy, 1973-2023: Lessons for the Future," which analyzes how the consequences of past policy decisions can help anticipate likely outcomes of different policy choices today. Deutch uses his combination of technical expertise, policy experience at the highest levels of government, and his natural instincts as a teacher to make for an unusually accessible book about a complex and fast-evolving topic.

This event will be off-the-record, in-person, and is restricted to Harvard ID holders. If your RSVP has been confirmed, you will receive confirmation and event details prior to the session.