6076 Past Events

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wave from the Situation Room of the White House, March 19, 2007, as they're joined in a video teleconference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq.

White House/Eric Draper

Seminar - Open to the Public

Too Much of a Good Thing? Civil-Military Relations in the Wake of Technological Disruption

Thu., Apr. 18, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speakers: Mathias Ormestad Frendem, Henry Chauncey Jr. '57 Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University; A. Bradley Potter, Research Fellow, International Security Program

What effect do emerging communications technologies have on U.S. civil-military relations? How might the history of such technological disruption help us prepare for future disruptions? Most scholarship suggests that such developments should empower civilian leaders to better monitor and oversee military leaders, bringing in line military efforts with civilian preferences. However, the speakers argue that these technologies also bring with them challenging consequences for civil-military relations. Namely, they may encourage tendencies in both parties that undermine decision-making and long-term healthy interaction. The speakers illustrate this with a case study of relations between President George W. Bush and George W. Casey prior to launching the "surge" in Iraq.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Ambassador Romana Vlahutin

European External Action Service

Seminar - Open to the Public

How the EU Connects: New Connectivity Strategy with Ambassador Vlahutin

Thu., Apr. 18, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:10pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

Please join the Project on Europe for a discussion on the EU's new connectivity strategy with Ambassador Romana Vlahutin, Representative for Connectivity in the European External Action Service, moderated by Philippe Le Corre, affiliate with the Project on Europe and senior fellow with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center on Business and Government.

Lunch will be served.

Residents of a nearby small town listen to government evacuation plan following Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear meltdown

Irish Typead/Flickr

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Fukushima

Tue., Apr. 16, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Co-Sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

10 Days Before the Wedding by Amr Gamal

Adenium Productions

Special Series - Open to the Public

MEI Film Series: 10 Days Before The Wedding (Yemen, 2018) Screening and Discussion

Mon., Apr. 15, 2019 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Taubman Building

This event will take place in the Taubman Building, Ground Floor, Room G50, HKS.

Please join us for a screening of 10 Days Before The Wedding (Yemen, 2018) and a discussion with the film's director, Amr Gamal. The film explores a number of obstacles standing in the way of a young couple as only 10 days are left for their wedding, each obstacle is in one way or another caused by the aftermath of the 2015 war in Yemen.

Conference - Open to the Public

Women in Power Conference 2019

Fri., Apr. 12, 2019 - Sat., Apr. 13, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School

The Women in Power Conference will provide an outlet for students and professionals to explore, discuss, and debate important issues relating to the advancement of women in leadership by facilitating a thoughtful dialogue between the Harvard Kennedy School community and top thought leaders and practitioners.

The topic of creating a pipeline for women to secure well-earned leadership positions has never been more relevant. Our conference theme, “Women in Power: Rise. Challenge. Thrive.”, will focus on uniting diverse perspectives and experiences relating to women in leadership positions. The conference will emphasize the need for an inclusive and productive dialogue, opening the conversation to women with diverse personal and professional experiences as well as allies that advocate for women in leadership. This constant discussion resonates not only in our classrooms, but also in local, national, and global politics and lives at the heart of policy issues in the workplace.

For tickets, visit: https://www.womeninpowerconference.org/

Seminar - Open to the Public

India and Nuclear Asia: Forces, Doctrine and Dangers

Thu., Apr. 11, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Frank O'Donnell, Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Naval War College

The speaker will detail the arguments of his recent book, India and Nuclear Asia: Forces, Doctrine and Dangers. The book explores the post-1998 evolution of Indian nuclear thought, its arsenal, the triangular rivalry with Pakistan and China, and New Delhi's nonproliferation policy approaches. The speaker argues that emerging trends in all three states are elevating risks of regional inadvertent and accidental escalation. These include the forthcoming launch of naval nuclear forces within an environment of contested maritime boundaries; the growing employment of dual-use delivery vehicles; and the emerging preferences of all three states to employ missiles early in a conflict. These dangers are amplified by the near-absence of substantive nuclear dialogue between these states, and the growing ambiguity of regional strategic intentions. To mitigate these trends, the speaker recommends that the three states initiate a trilateral strategic dialogue, and that India institute a strategic defense review to resolve the growing ambiguities around its conventional and nuclear deterrence and improve public confidence in them.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Co-Sponsored by Project on Managing the Atom

US Army War College

DAN GLEITER/The Patriot News

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Conversation with Our Troops: United States Army War College Eisenhower Speakers College Program

Thu., Apr. 11, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

The Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Center for Public Leadership will co-host the US Army War College Eisenhower Speakers College Program for a panel discussion on current topics of strategic interest, national security, and public policy. The panel will take place Thursday,April 11th from 12:00-2:00pm in Nye A. Major General William Rapp will moderate.

This event is open to the public. Please register using the link below. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Ms. Lindiwe Mazibuko

Whacked Agency

Study Group - Open to the Public

Study Group #2 of 2: Africa’s Democratic Future in a Trump & Brexit World

Wed., Apr. 10, 2019 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

This is Part Two of a two-part study group series. Led by Lindiwe Mazibuko, Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project and first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Both sessions will be on the political risks and realities for Africa of a world with an increasingly isolated Global North.

RSVP is required. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.