8017 Past Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Briefing on Europe with Karen Donfried and Nikolaos Dendias

Fri., Apr. 12, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies for a Belfer Briefing on Europe withKaren Donfried, Belfer Center Senior Fellow, and Nikolaos Dendias, Greek Minister of National Defense. They will discuss "Geopolitics and Security Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Role of Greece."

The briefing will focus on the importance of strong national defense and regional cooperation in an era of diverse challenges, from climate change to energy market shocks. Minister Dendias will address Greece’s relations with the United States, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean, and the shared goal of promoting peace and security. Elaine Papoulias, Executive Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, will make welcoming remarks.

This event will be off-the-record, in-person, and is restricted to Harvard ID holders. If your RSVP has been confirmed, you will receive confirmation and event details prior to the session.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Conversation with Einat Wilf

Fri., Apr. 12, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

A conversation between MEI Faculty Chair Professor Tarek Masoud and author and former member of Knesset Dr. Einat Wilf. This event is part of the Middle East Initiative's "Middle East Dialogues," a series of frank, open, and probing encounters with vital and varied perspectives on the current conflict, its causes, and the prospects for peace and progress in the region.

This event is open to HUID holders only. Registration is required.

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Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Implementing a New U.S. Strategy for Africa: Assessing Progress, Challenges, and Priorities

Thu., Apr. 11, 2024 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

Following the announcement of a new US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second US-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of the Africa in Focus discussion series is to take stock of US-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the US strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of US engagement on the continent.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, center right, chats with Taro Aso, vice president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party during a visit to the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 8, 2023. The senior Japanese politician advocated for increasing his country's deterrence ability to ensure peace in the region and called for that message to be clearly conveyed globally — particularly in China.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Surviving Without the Bomb: Extended Deterrence and the Strategic Use of Non-nuclear Military Power by U.S. Allies

Thu., Apr. 11, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Jung Jae Kwon, Stanton Nuclear Security Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

How do non-nuclear allies of the U.S. try to generate deterrence without their own nuclear arsenal? How do the allies seek to employ their non-nuclear military capabilities even as they ultimately have to rely on the U.S. "nuclear umbrella" for security? While these questions have grown more important in an era of "integrated deterrence," existing scholarship on nuclear strategy or extended deterrence has largely overlooked the agency of allies. This project seeks to fill the gap. The speaker identifies three ways in which the allies have used their military capabilities to generate deterrent effects and develop a theory to explain and predict their behavior. He conducts case studies of U.S. allies, such as South Korea and Japan, to examine the causes of the variation in their behavior and draws on extensive fieldwork, elite interviews, and primary sources for empirical analysis.

Open to Harvard ID Holders Only: Admittance will be on a first come–first served basis. Coffee &Tea Provided.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

National Security in the New Era of Economic Statecraft: A Conversation with Matthew S. Axelrod, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement​ at the U.S. Department of Commerce

Thu., Apr. 11, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

​​​​Please join the Belfer Center's Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy (DETS) Program for "​National Security in the New Era of Economic Statecraft: A Conversation with Matthew S. Axelrod, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement​ at the U.S. Department of Commerce" on Thursday, April 11th from 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM in the Belfer Library (Littauer RM369). 

The event will be moderated by Professor Eric Rosenbach and lunch will be served.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Director's Seminar with Graham Allison

Wed., Apr. 10, 2024 | 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a Director's Seminar with Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, moderated by Belfer Center Director Meghan O’Sullivan on Wednesday, April 10th from 2:30 - 3:30 PM in the Belfer Library (L369). Allison will be discussing "Reflections on my Dialogue with China's Leadership." The seminar will focus on his recent trip to China and his takeaways from from his meetings with senior Chinese policymakers, including President Xi Jinping and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi.

This event will be off-the-record, in-person, and is restricted to Harvard ID holders. If your RSVP has been confirmed, you will receive confirmation and event details prior to the session.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Beyond States and Spies: Private Sector Intelligence

Wed., Apr. 10, 2024 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Corporate executives are now ranking geopolitical uncertainty as one of their top risks, reflecting a significant shift in corporate priorities and awareness of political risks in the corporate world. Behind the scenes, these corporations leverage intelligence teams to understand security and geopolitical threat conditions and mitigate risk. Join us on April 10 for an Intelligence Project seminar with Lewis Sage-Passant as he presents cutting-edge research into the little-known history of private sector intelligence and his practitioner view of corporate intelligence today. This seminar will examine the evolution of intelligence beyond government and consider the ethical parameters of employing intelligence in the corporate world.

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 1:30 to 2:45PM in the Fainsod Room and will be moderated by Intelligence Project Manager Maria Robson-Morrow. This seminar is in person only and is open to the first 40 registered Harvard ID holders. Light refreshments will be served and the seminar will be under the Chatham House Rules.

Please note this event is now at capacity. Thank you for your interest in our event. 

Photo of Book Cover titled "New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West"

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Director's Lunch with David Sanger

Wed., Apr. 10, 2024 | 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Please join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for a Director’s Lunch with David Sanger, White House and National Security Correspondent, New York Times and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, moderated by Belfer Center Director Meghan O’Sullivan on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:45-2:00 PM in the Belfer Library (L369). Sanger will be discussing his new book “New Cold Wars: China’s Rise, Russia’s Invasion, and America’s Struggle to Defend the West,” which looks at the U.S.’s adversarial relationship with Russia and China.

This event will be off-the-record, in-person, and is restricted to Harvard ID holders. If your RSVP has been confirmed, you will receive confirmation and event details prior to the session.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Hope is Not a Method: Leadership Insights from the Iraq Battlefield to the Biden National Security Council

Wed., Apr. 10, 2024 | 9:00am - 10:15am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Please join the Belfer Homeland Security Project for a breakfast seminar on Wednesday, April 10th from 9-10:15 am with John Tien, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tien will share leadership lessons gained from his tenure at DHS as well as his experience as a veteran of four White House Administrations and three U.S. Army combat tours in Iraq.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Juliette Kayyem, with time reserved for Q&A.

This event is open to all Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and staff. A hot breakfast will be served. 

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Talent Equation: Unlocking Talent to Solve National Security Challenges

Tue., Apr. 9, 2024 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

​Please join the Belfer Center’s Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy Program (DETS) for a seminar on “The Talent Equation: Unlocking Talent to Solve National Security Challenges​” on Tuesday, April 9th at 3:00 PM in Wexner 434AB. Refreshments will be served.

The event will feature a panel moderated by LTC Laura Cross, HKS National Security Fellow. The panel will include Carla Dirlikov Canales, Center for Public Leadership Social Innovation and Change Initiative Fellow; LTC Anat Golan, MCPA Candidate; and CDT Carly Lehman, Junior at Harvard College. Please RSVP here