178 Past Events

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/

President Barack Obama walks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting with Eurozone leaders at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France, Nov. 3, 2011

White House Photo/ Pete Souza

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Transatlantic Friendship: A Personal Account of the Past and Future of EU/US Collaboration

Thu., Apr. 4, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

* * * First part of the European Club's event series on the future of EU-US collaboration * * *

Karl Kaiser and Guido Goldman, a German and an American, met when working for Henry Kissinger. They both made European/German-US collaboration the cornerstone of their careers and importantly, they became close friends. Come join us to hear them tell the story of their friendship, of what they perceived as the big challenge for their generation and what they have to say about the challenges of our generation in maintaining and (re)defining transatlantic relations.

The discussion will be moderation by Lucile Dreidemy, associate professor at the University of Toulouse and visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies.

Hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School's European Club and cosponsored by the Project on Europe at the Belfer Center and the Center for European Studies at Harvard. 

French President Macron (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shake hands during a press conference in Beijing, China, January 9, 2018.


Seminar - Open to the Public

France: A Key Player in Europe’s Relationship with China

Wed., Apr. 3, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Center for European Studies

As the first European nation having established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 1964, France has always had a special link with Beijing. With China now presenting itself as the next superpower, how does France position itself? Does it advocate a stand-alone approach or a pan-European strategy? As the US-China relationship becomes more confrontational, where does Emmanuel Macron’s France stand on a transatlantic dialogue vis a vis China?

Hosted by the Center for European Studies. Location: Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

People holding "Refugees Welcome" sign in Germany

DW News / Bockwoldt

Seminar - Open to the Public

Migration Debates in Germany: Where Are We Headed and What Should We Do?

Tue., Mar. 26, 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Center for European Studies

Debates on migration in Germany are older than the Federal Republic itself. Recent debates evolve around whether a new immigration law is needed and what it should look like to meet the country's needs for skilled migrants.

The so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015 led to the omnipresence of the topic of migration in the political debate, not least because the newly elected right-wing party as well as other politicians have taken controversial positions in the discussion. Seeing itself under increased external pressure, the German government presented a draft for a new law on labor migration in 2018.

Hosted by the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Location: Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall 

Map of Europe in 1914. During WWI,  The United Kingdom and Germany continued to trade certain items, such as hosiery needles used in textile manufacturing.

Wikimedia CC/Varmin

Seminar - Open to the Public

Planning for the Short Haul: Trade with the Enemy During War

Thu., Mar. 7, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Mariya Grinberg, Research Fellow, International Security Program

In times of war, why do belligerents continue to trade with each other? The speaker shows that states set product level commercial policies to balance two potentially conflicting goals — maximizing state revenue from continued trade during the war and minimizing the ability of the opponent to benefit from security externalities of the trade. States are more likely to trade with the enemy in (1) products that their opponents take a long time to convert into military capability and (2) products that are essential to the domestic economy. The amount of time it takes the opponent to convert gains from trade into military capabilities determines which products are too dangerous to be traded during a war. The mitigating factor is the amount of revenue the state can extract from trade. The more essential the product is to the domestic economy, the less a state can afford to lose trade in it.

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

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced on Aug. 27, 2012, that the ice cap covering the Arctic Ocean is now smaller than ever recorded since consistent satellite measurements of the ice began more than three decades ago.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Can Women Tip the Balance for Climate Action? An Arctic Case Study

Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Taubman Building - WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102

Speakers: Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission; Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative; Elizabeth Arnold, Journalist

Moderator: Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Co-founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative 

As climate change begins to impact communities globally, it's crucial for women to take a stand as leaders for ethical and equitable climate adaptation. Nowhere is this leadership challenge felt more strongly than in the Arctic. 

This program is co-hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative and the Women and Public Policy Program.

Lunch provided.  Please RSVP to karin_vander_schaaf@hks.harvard.edu by 4 PM, Friday, February 8, 2019. RSVPs recorded on a first-requested, first-reserved basis.