265 Past Events

A forklift shovels one-ton containers of mustard gas over the side of a barge somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean in 1964. The Army dumped millions of pounds of chemical warfare agent over decades in this way.

U.S. Army

Seminar - Open to the Public

WMD Disposal, Destruction, and Disarmament: The Reduction of U.S. Chemical and Nuclear Weapon Stockpiles

Thu., May 16, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker:  Cameron Tracy, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

States often spend vast sums on weapon production, yet have trouble mustering the resources necessary to eliminate stockpiled weapons for arms control and disarmament purposes. Stockpile reductions have proven particularly challenging with respect to weapons of mass destruction, for which weaponizability is embedded in materials rather than assembled devices. Their elimination commonly requires expensive, technologically demanding processes. U.S. chemical weapon and weapons plutonium stockpile reduction efforts provide useful case studies for investigation of the factors governing the success of reductions programs, as they faced similar challenges yet yielded divergent outcomes. This project involves comparative analysis of both reductions programs, focusing on the technical, organizational, and sociopolitical contexts that aided or hindered elimination.

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

12 Brief lessons on Europe's energy transition from Energy Atlas 2018: Figures and Facts about Renewables in Europe


Seminar - Open to the Public

Transatlantic Environmental Policy

Tue., Apr. 30, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:10pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Please join the Project on Europe for a discussion about environmental policy from a transatlantic perspective with Rob Stavins, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, and Muriel Rouyer, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, moderated by Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Project on Europe.

Lunch will be served. 

Election posters in Israel, April 8, 2019

Wikimedia CC/Rakoon

Seminar - Open to the Public

Israeli Elections 2019: Ramifications for Israel, the United States, and the Region

Thu., Apr. 25, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

The speaker,  a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, author of Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change (2018), will discuss the ramifications of Israel's elections for Israel itself, the United States, and the Middle East. Among the issues addressed: the future of the peace process, the Iran nuclear issue and Iranian challenge generally, the potential for conflict with Hezbollah and Hamas, U.S.-Israeli relations, and the elections' domestic ramifications.

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

Ambassador Kristie Kenney

The American Academy of Diplomacy

Seminar - Open to the Public

U.S. and Asia – Opportunities and Challenges in 2019 with Amb. Kristie Kenney

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

The Future of Diplomacy Project will host Ambassador Kristie Kenney (32nd Counselor of the U.S. State Department and Ambassador to various countries) in a public seminar to discuss the opportunities and challenges in North Korea, China, and democracy in Southeast Asia.

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).

Allan Jackson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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.

Wikimedia CC/Matt H. Wade

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.

Wikimedia CC/IceUnshattered

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.