33 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/

Ms. Dina Powell

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Global National Security Challenges

Wed., Nov. 28, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

Ms. Dina Powell will join Professor Nicholas Burns, Faculty Chair of the Belfer Center's Future of Diplomacy Project where Ms. Powell is a non-resident Senior Fellow, in a public seminar to discuss current challenges and opportunities in global national security. Refreshments will be served.

President-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Bolsonaro's Brazil: What Happened and What Will Happen?

Mon., Nov. 19, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2006-2009, will discuss the recent elections in Brazil with Professor Nicholas Burns.

RSVP required. Open to Harvard faculty, fellows, staff, and students. Coffee and cookies will be served.

The Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

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

Study Group with Mr. Ban Ki-moon on "The United Nations and Global Citizenship"

Thu., Oct. 25, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Led by the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, this study group will focus on the role of the United Nations and global citizenship in resolving today's most challenging issues. The study group will also discuss how we can pursue sustainable development in corners of the globe by engaging collaboratively with the field, communities, and diverse expertise. Snacks and coffee / tea will be provided.

Since there is limited capacity, please note that spots will be based on your application. Please use the link above to RSVP.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict

Thu., Oct. 18, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Jacob N. Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Co-author, Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict

How a new understanding of warfare can help manage today's conflicts more effectively. Small Wars, Big Data provides groundbreaking perspectives for how small wars can be better strategized and favorably won to the benefit of the local population.

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

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Conversation with President Luis Moreno: The Inter-American Development Bank’s Priority Areas in a Changing World

Mon., Oct. 1, 2018 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

Larry Summers and Nicholas Burns will host a conversation with President Luis Moreno about the Inter-American Development Bank’s work focused on technology and innovation; the future of work; infrastructure gaps; and how political corruption, climate change, and migration are affecting populations and policies throughout Latin America.


This event is part of Professor Summers' and Burns' Economic Diplomacy Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation cover image

Voto by Christian Grooms for Electing Peace

Seminar - Open to the Public

Electing Peace and Considering Concessions in Colombia

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Speaker: Aila M. Matanock, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Settlements to civil conflict, which are notably difficult to secure, sometimes contain clauses enabling the combatant sides to participate as political parties in post-conflict elections. In this seminar, the speaker will discuss some of her research suggesting that electoral participation provisions allowing rebel parties helps secure peace between combatants. 

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

David Miliband speaks at the Anual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Remy Steinegger/World Economic Forum

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Global Refugee Crisis

Thu., Apr. 13, 2017 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

In 2015, the number of globally displaced persons hit a record high of 65.3 million, the largest number in history. Fleeing from conflict and famine, many individuals find themselves displaced for a decade or more, caught between instability at home and insufficient intake capacity in destination countries. David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, will speak about the challenges of protecting and providing for these populations, and the implication of the global refugee crisis for human rights, international security and global health. The discussion will be moderated by Nicholas Burns, Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations.


Brazilian Cabinet Meeting


Seminar - Open to the Public

Brazil's Middle East Policy: A Conversation with Hussein Kalout

Fri., Apr. 7, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Hussein Kalout, Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the Brazilian government and Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center’s Iran Project, will be discussing Brazil's Middle East policy and its implications for the rapidly-changing balance of power in the region. The event will be co-sponsored by Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and moderated by the Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.