19 Upcoming Events

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

Belfer Center Director's Lunch with Kendall Hoyt

Mon., Mar. 5, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Kendall Hoyt, Assistant Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth on “Building a Better Public Private Partnership for Biosecurity: Lessons from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations,” in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

South China Sea claims map

VOA

Seminar - Open to the Public

Calculating Bully: Explaining Chinese Coercion

Thu., Mar. 8, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Ketian Zhang, Research Fellow, International Security Program

This seminar will zoom in on the temporal trends of Chinese coercion in the South China Sea as well as on one case, the 2012 Scarborough incident between China and the Philippines.

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

Production still from Wajib (Palestine, 2017).

Pyramide Films

Special Series - Open to the Public

Middle East Film Series: Wajib (Palestine, 2017)

Thu., Mar. 8, 2018 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

MEI is giving away 30 tickets to a screening of Palestine's entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Oscars, Wajib by Annemarie Jacir at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. To register, please send an email to Chris Mawhorter (chris_mawhorter@hks.harvard.edu) with "Wajib Ticket Request" in the subject line. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Limit two (2) tickets per request.

Co-presented by the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

The film will also be screened on Sunday, March 4, 3:30pm at the MFA and tickets for both screenings are also available direct from the MFA at http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/wajib.

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

Belfer Center Director's Lunch with Sebastian Abbot

Mon., Mar. 19, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs host a Director's Lunch with Sebastian Abbot on his book “The Away Game:The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars,” in the Belfer Center Library (L369). 

The gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history. Over the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals -- a process over a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Solving the Jurisdictional Conundrum: The Use of Domestic Civil Courts to Disrupt Overseas Illicit Procurement

Wed., Apr. 4, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Aaron Arnold, Associate Project on Managing the Atom; Assistant Professor at Curry College

Over the past two decades, the United States has increasingly turned to targeted sanctions and export restrictions, such as those imposed against Iran and North Korea, in order to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). One vexing problem, however, is how to contend with jurisdictional hurdles when the violations occur overseas, in countries that are unable or unwilling to assist US enforcement efforts. To solve this problem, US prosecutors are turning to strategies with significant extraterritorial implications— that is, exercising legal authority beyond national borders. One such tool is to use civil legal procedures to seize assets linked to sanctions or export control violations in jurisdictions that lack cooperative arrangement with US enforcement agencies. While this may be an attractive strategy to bolster enforcement efforts against overseas illicit procurement such tools are not without consequence.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Past, Present, and Future Development of International Safeguards for Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plants

Wed., Apr. 11, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Mark Walker, Ph.D. Candidate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

This seminar presents the results of archival research undertaken in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany into the origins of international safeguards approaches for gas centrifuge enrichment plants (GCEPs). Archival documents indicate that multilateral discourse on GCEP safeguards was dominated in the 1970s and early 1980s by political disagreements over a number of safeguards issues, including inspector effort, inspector access, and the role of the IAEA in verifying undeclared nuclear material and activities. While the gridlock that ensued over these questions necessitated the creation of the Hexapartite Safeguards Project (HSP), a technical forum in which technology holders and inspectorates were to agree once and for all on an approach for safeguards at GCEPs, some contentious HSP issues (including the question of cascade access) were still largely resolved through political compromise. Following a discussion of the factors that led to the 1983 HSP safeguards approach, the legacy of the HSP approach on the state of play of modern GCEP safeguards will be discussed, along with paths forward for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of GCEP safeguards in coming years.