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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/

US troops of the 69th Infantry Division (left), shake hands with Russian troops in a staged photo on the wrecked bridge over the Elbe at Torgau, Germany, to mark the previous day's link-up between American and Soviet forces, 26th April 1945. Among the Americans are Bernard E. Kirschenbaum and Richard Johnson (second and third from left, respectively).

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Elbe Group 2019 Recap: Revisiting the Reykjavik Summit

Wed., Apr. 10, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director LTG Michael Maples and former Defense Attache BG (ret) Kevin Ryan will recap the 2019 Elbe Group meeting on Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00-3:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Director of the Intelligence Project, will moderate. Please register using the RSVP link. Refreshments will be provided.

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. 

South Facade of the White House, the executive mansion of the President of the United States, 26 May 2006.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Administrative Foreign and Security Policy

Thu., Apr. 4, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Elena Chachko, Research Fellow, International Security Program

A growing number of U.S. foreign and security measures in the past two decades has directly targeted individuals—natural or legal persons. These individualized measures have largely been designed and implemented by administrative agencies. Widespread application of individual economic sanctions, ranging from terrorism sanctions to sanctions against Russian individuals for election meddling; security watchlists; detentions; targeted killings; and individualized cyber countermeasures have all become significant currencies of modern foreign and security policies since the early 2000s. The constant development of technology for precision targeting and algorithmic decision-making will likely continue driving this trend. While the application of many of these measures in discrete contexts has been studied, they have yet to attract a holistic analysis.

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

The newly developed DF-26 medium-range ballistic missile as seen after the military parade held in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, 3 September 2015.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Sino-U.S. Inadvertent Nuclear Escalation

Thu., Mar. 14, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: WU Riqiang, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

It is generally believed that in peacetime current Sino-U.S. nuclear relations are stable and deliberate nuclear exchanges between these two countries are unimaginable. However, conventional conflict might escalate to nuclear level, even if both sides wish to avoid it at the beginning of the war. This seminar will provide a causal mechanism of Sino-U.S. inadvertent escalation. Three driving factors are identified: the vulnerability of Chinese nuclear forces, the not-by-design co-mingling of China's conventional and nuclear weapons, and the fog of war. The security dilemma will worsen the situation and increase the escalatory risk. The mechanism is then tested via two hypothetical scenarios: a missile campaign and submarine warfare. In order to reduce the risk of inadvertent escalation, the United States should build confidence with China by declaring mutual vulnerability vis-à-vis China and constraining its strategic capabilities. China could also demarcate its nuclear and conventional missiles and clarify its no-first-use policy that conventional attacks on nuclear weapons would be regarded as nuclear attacks.

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

Dr. Robert Danin speaks to BBC

BBC World News

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

Study Group #2 of 2: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Middle Easts’ Impending Crossroads

Thu., Mar. 7, 2019 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

The is part two of a two-part seminar led by Dr. Robert Danin. The study groups will look at Israeli and Palestinian conflicting perspectives today with respect to this wide array of issues and dynamics. It will examine the Israeli and Palestinian respective realities: first domestically, then bilaterally, and finally in the broader regional context. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP using the RSVP link.

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.

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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.

Dr. Robert Danin speaks to BBC

BBC World News

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

Study Group #1 of 2: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Middle Easts’ Impending Crossroads

Tue., Mar. 5, 2019 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

The is part one of a two-part seminar led by Dr. Robert Danin. The study groups will look at Israeli and Palestinian conflicting perspectives today with respect to this wide array of issues and dynamics. It will examine the Israeli and Palestinian respective realities: first domestically, then bilaterally, and finally in the broader regional context. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP using the RSVP link.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Foreign Policy at Home

Mon., Mar. 4, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

A stronger US foreign policy begins by convincing the American public it’s worth it. Join Professor Nicholas Burns and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) for a Future of Diplomacy seminar discussion on the intersection between domestic and foreign policy.

Lunch will be served.