617 Past Events

Special Series - Open to the Public

MEI Short Films Program

Mon., Apr. 8, 2019 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Taubman Building - Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor

Join us for MEI's short films program about child protection and migration followed by a panel discussion with the film makers. The program is featuring the following three short films: Tomorrow's ChildrenToday They Took My Son and Ayny. The panel discussion will feature Oula A. Alrifai and Mouhanad Al Rifay of Tomorrow's Children and Farah Nabulsi of Today They Took My Son.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Future of Modern Warfare

Thu., Mar. 7, 2019 | 2:15pm - 3:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Intelligence Project will host a lunch seminar with Yair Golan, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff for the Israel Defense Forces, in the Belfer Center Library

Refreshments and admittance will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP below

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

US Department of State

Seminar - Open to the Public

Africa: A Continent of Vast Opportunity

Thu., Mar. 7, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Africa is a continent of vast opportunity and promise while at the same time faces some of the most difficult challenges of our time from poverty to terrorism and everything in between. It is resource rich but has some of the poorest countries in the world. Join Professor Nicholas Burns and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the US State Department, for a discussion on how Africa's future will impact all of us and why it must be a priority for US policymakers.

Lunch will be served.

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.

Al-Shabab communal prayers and public celebrations marking the Eid al-Adha holiday in the Islamic lunar year of 1438 in the Galguduud region of central Somalia in June 2017.

Open Source

Seminar - Open to the Public

Islamizing Rebel Governance: Jihadi Insurgencies and Symbolic Power

Thu., Feb. 21, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Christopher Anzalone, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

The advent of Islamist rebel governing projects in different regions of the world from Africa to the Middle East and West and South Asia provides an opportunity to link the empirical study of these groups with the broader academic literature on rebel governance, political Islam, and religion and violence. Despite in recent years making up a larger number of empirical cases of insurgent organizations seeking to implement governance projects, Islamist organizations have to date received limited focus in studies on the structures, ideologies, and dynamics of rebel governance. This interdisciplinary project examines the strategies and experiences of Islamist insurgent organizations that have actively attempted to set up civil governing systems through which to interact with local civilian populations. It situates the study of Islamist insurgent groups with governance ambitions within the growing literature on rebel governance.

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

Seminar - Open to the Public

Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Professor Nicholas Burns and Kåre Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States, will discuss the role of diplomacy in combating climate change and the precarious state of our shared oceans. 

Co-sponsored by the Arctic Initiative and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center.