5384 Past Events

Commercial fishing vessel Cloud Nine near Sitka as seen from the Fairweather ferry

Ed Schoenfeld/ Flickr

Seminar - Open to the Public

High Stakes on the High Seas and Beyond

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Environment and Natural Resources Program for a seminar with NYU environmental studies Professor Jennifer Jacquet on overfishing and unsustainable aquaculture.  Professor Jacquet will discuss some of the recent science to understanding fisheries on the high seas, and how it relates to the current negotiations at the United Nation on conservation and sustainable use of the high seas.

Lunch will be provided.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Finding, Understanding and Preventing Election Interference on Social Media

Mon., Apr. 22, 2019 | 11:45pm - 12:45pm

Belfer Building - Land Hall, 4th Floor

Join the MPP Spring Policy Exercise Class (API500MD) and the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) for a seminar with Alex Stamos, Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, and a Senior Advisor to D3P. Alex will discuss “Finding, Understanding and Preventing Election Interference on Social Media." 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Care at Scale: Thinking About Our Shared Infrastructure

Mon., Apr. 22, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Our infrastructural networks, including water, electricity, transportation and telecommunications, underpin our lives, and they are a crucial way that we take care of each other—so much so that they are effectively invisible in their very ubiquity.

But with wildfires across California, contaminated water in Flint, the yearlong blackout in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and gas explosions north of Boston last fall, infrastructure has been headline news. But these failures hide deeper issues: a crisis of underfunding and maintenance in the past and the present, and new concerns for the future.

Not only is our infrastructure particularly susceptible to a changing climate but, as a significant fraction of our energy footprint, it’s also a major source of carbon emissions. How do we create a future where our shared infrastructural systems are resilient, sustainable, and equitable?


Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Four Horsemen of AI–Cybered Conflict, Great Power Competition, and the Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance (CORA)

Mon., Apr. 22, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Join the Cybsercurity Project for a lunch seminar with Dr. Chris Demchak, US Naval War College’s Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cyber Security and Senior Cyber Scholar, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI). Dr. Demchak will discuss the "Four Horsemen of AI–Cybered Conflict, Great Power Competition, and the Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance (CORA)."  

Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis.

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.

Verma and Obama

Courtesy The White House

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Center Director's Lunch with AMB Richard Verma

Thu., Apr. 18, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Belfer Center will host “Natural Allies Absent the Alliance: Updates on US-India Relations and Developments in the Region” with AMB Richard Verma, Belfer Senior Fellow and former United States Ambassador to India, in the Malkin Penthouse from 12:15-1:30pm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP Required.