81 Past Events

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

 The Democratic Alliance's poster for the 2011 municipal elections in South Africa.

Democratic Alliance / Flickr

Seminar - Open to the Public

“'We Don’t Need Another Hero': The Future of Public Leadership in Africa” with Lindiwe Mazibuko

Wed., Apr. 3, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project in a discussion with Fisher Family Fellow, Lindiwe Mazibuko, moderated by Professor Nicholas Burns exploring why smart, entrepreneurial, highly-skilled, and service-oriented young Africans should avail themselves for political leadership and government appointment to drive and support Africa’s socio-economic prosperity. 

Lunch will be served.

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.

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.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission

European Commission

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Future of the European Union and Transatlantic Relations: Challenges and Opportunities

Mon., Dec. 3, 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The Belfer Center's Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship in partnership with Harvard University’s Center for European Studies is honored to welcome Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission at the Harvard Kennedy School on Monday, December 3. The Project on Europe’s Faculty Chair, Professor Nicholas Burns, will host a discussion with her on the challenges and opportunities facing the European Union and Transatlantic relations.

Please note that this event requires RSVP and space is limited. RSVPs are first come, first served and we will close the link when we reach capacity. However, guests can be added to a waitlist and will be contacted if space becomes available.

Ms. Dina Powell

AP Images

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in a press conference with U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium on July 12, 2018.

U.S. Department of State

Seminar - Open to the Public

Impact of the US Departure from JCPOA on Iran-US Bilateral Relations & the Regional Crisis

Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 | 4:30pm

Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

Following President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and reimposition of sanctions against the country, Seyed Hossein Mousavian will explore the implications of these developments on US-Iran bilateral relations, Iran's nuclear program, as well as regional political dynamics. Mousavian is a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. He is a former diplomat who served as Iran’s Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), and was the Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council (1997-2005). Discussant: Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni. Co-sponsored by the WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Sept 3, 2018.

AP Photo

Special Series - Open to the Public

Iran's Syria Policy: Four Decades of Deterrence

Wed., Nov. 7, 2018 | 4:15pm

Belfer Building - Land Hall, 4th Floor

Iran's close partnership with Syria dates back to the victory of the Islamic revolution and has proved remarkably durable ever since. Although the relationship between these two states has experienced various stages over the last few decades, the alliance has consistently centered on shared threat perceptions and the desire to establish deterrence against outside actors. In this lecture, Iran Project Postdoctoral Research Fellow Hassan Ahmadian will discuss how Iran's policy has adapted over time throughout different circumstances and will offer insights into future trajectories. This is the second lecture in a three part series on Iran's Middle East policy; the final lecture will be on Iran's foreign policy towards Iraq  (Dec. 7). Moderated by Iran Project Director Payam Mohseni.  RSVP required: please RSVP here.