23 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Conversation with Nabil Fahmy, former Foreign Minister of Egypt

Thu., Oct. 1, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm


MEI Faculty Director Tarek Masoud and MEI Visiting Fellow Karim Haggag in conversation with Dr. Nabil Fahmy, former Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo. This event is part of the Fall 2020 MEI Series, USA 2020: The View from the Arab World.

Containers are pictured on board of the 'Star' vessel of the China Shipping Container Lines shipping company at the harbour in Hamburg, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File

Seminar - Open to the Public

EDI Seminar: Breaking Global Supply Chains: U.S.-China Economic Decoupling

Thu., Oct. 1, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Given recent events, how can U.S. policymakers understand and manage the drawbacks and vulnerabilities that arise with global economic networks that entangle the U.S. and China? What limits do global supply chains, information networks, and global financial systems pose to such efforts? How should policymakers modernize Cold War-era international rules of the road to bridge the economic and security policy divide? Join the Belfer Center and Center for Business and Government’s Economic Diplomacy Initiative for a conversation with Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman on the prospects for decoupling between the American and Chinese economies. The discussion will be jointly moderated by Aditi Kumar, Executive Director of the Belfer Center, and Ali Wyne, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

A Kiruna heritage building being moved intact in August 2017.

Tomas Utsi/www.naturfoto.com

Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

What Does It Take to Move a City? Arctic Initiative and Luleå University Student Arctic Dialogue

Fri., Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am


The world's biggest underground iron ore mine is about to undermine the Swedish city of Kiruna. The answer? Move the city.

Join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with students from Luleå University and experts from across the globe for a case discussion about sustainable development, consensus building, and how one Arctic city is responding to rapid change.

Apply to be part of this unique case discussion opportunity by Monday, September 28, 2020, so you can be matched with your international team.

Ted Nordhaus

The Breakthrough Institute

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Ted Nordhaus on "In Defense of Muddling: Why Climate Advocates Should Take Their Victories Where They Can Find Them"

Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring Ted Nordhaus, Founder and Executive Director of the Breakthrough Institute. Mr. Nordhaus will speak on "In Defense of Muddling: Why Climate Advocates Should Take Their Victories Where They Can Find Them." The seminar will be hosted by HKS Professor Joe Aldy.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch via the EPSS homepage.

Registration: A link to register for the webinar will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Defense Project Series: What do you want to know about Space Operations?

Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Ms Susan Davenport from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Mr. Isaac Lowe from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will provide a joint overview of space systems and operations, followed by Q&A. Susan has spent 30 years working in the IC and DoD in Advanced Systems research, Image & Signal Processing, Intelligence and Acquisition.  Isaac currently works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and has spent 25 years working in space intelligence and operations within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Together they'll be discussing:

1. What is Space Reconnaissance and why do we need it?

2. Who are the players in the Nations' Space arena and how do they work together?

3. How has the space domain changed in the last couple of decades?


Conference - Open to the Public

The Arctic Resilience Forum

Wed., Oct. 7, 2020 - Wed., Dec. 16, 2020


The Arctic Resilience Forum (ARF), hosted by the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and co-organized by the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council and the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, will offer participants the opportunity to strengthen cooperation on resilience-related work as well as  discuss resilience best practices and experiences from Arctic Council Working Groups’ and the broader community of circumpolar experts and knowledge holders.

Book cover for America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Twelve Books

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Robert Zoellick — America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Wed., Oct. 7, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm


At a time when American diplomacy is riven by partisan politics – and historical knowledge is on the decline in both the public and the government – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for our Fall 2020 Applied History Series.  By consulting distinguished public servants and historians, this speaker series illuminates today's world by looking to lessons from the past.


Seminar - Open to the Public

A Conversation with Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, author of The Gulf Moment

Thu., Oct. 8, 2020 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm


The Middle East Initiative invites you to join us for a series of dialogues with Arab thought leaders on the upcoming US elections and America’s changing role in the Middle East, co-hosted by MEI Faculty Director Tarek Masoud, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations, and MEI Visiting Fellow Karim Haggag, Professor of Practice at The American University in Cairo.

Stone block portrays Akhenaten as a sphinx, and was originally found in the city of Amarna/Akhetaten. This object is now located in the Kestner Museum of Hanover, Germany.

Wiki Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

Making Monotheism: Scholarly and Artistic Interpretations

Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm


James S. Snyder, HKS/MEI Senior Fellow, in conversation with Moshe Halbertal, Biblical scholar specializing in the legacy of Maimonides, and Anthony Roth Costanzo. This event is part of the fall 2020 MEI series, James Snyder in Conversation: A series of dialogues on art, culture, politics, and the possibilities for transcending conflict through cultural connection in the modern Middle East.

President Richard Nixon Bidding Farewell to South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu at the Door to the Air Force One Helicopter, Flanked by an Honor Guard on the Helipad of the Western White House, La Casa Pacifica, in San Clemente, California, 3 April 1973

White House Photo Office Collection

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Client's Dilemma: Great Powers, Counterinsurgent Governments, and Resistance to Reforms

Thu., Oct. 15, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Associate, International Security Program

This seminar presents a theoretical mechanism explaining the hierarchy of interests the counterinsurgent government considers and the options available to it when a great power intervener insists on reforms. It demonstrates this mechanism in a paired set of cases, South Vietnam under President Ngo Dinh Diem, when the United States was supporting the government in an advisory role, and under President Nguyen Van Thieu, when the United States was withdrawing from the war as quickly as possible.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Register in advance for this meeting: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApceCpqD8oHdCDM-o59vdrub4glAuUoFqc