29 Upcoming Events

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of The CHIPS and Science Act

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 - Thu., Nov. 10, 2022


Join Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project for a timely study group: "Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of The CHIPS and Science Act." 

This six-session series, conducted by Doug Calidas, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, will explore the origins of The CHIPS and Science Act, focusing on the competing policy priorities its authors sought to advance. It will also dive into long-term impact of the law and a discussion of possible actions that future congresses may consider taking to advance American leadership in high-tech manufacturing and scientific research.

The study group will meet every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00pm ET from October 6 - November 10, 2022. The first session will be conducted in person, with following sessions conducted remotely. More details to be confirmed with registered participants.

Registration is required to attend the study group; see details below. You must be a Harvard affiliate to attend.


Convening - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

For the Common Defense: AMA with the NSFs

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

This session's topic: DoD, Dos, Military Alliances: Diplomacy, Country Team Dynamics, and Lessons Learned

In addition to the robust on-record seminar series, the Belfer Center National Security Fellows also host off-record “Ask Me Anything” sessions as part of their “For the Common Defense” initiative.   

The AMA sessions will cover a broad range of relevant Defense and National Security related topics. These topics are chosen based on interests of the National Security Fellows and suggestions from the broader Harvard community. The purpose of these sessions is to minimize the information gap between civilians and military personnel through candid, off-record, informal conversations.

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Challenges of Negotiating for Humanity in the XXI Century Study Group

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 - Tue., Nov. 29, 2022

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Over the course of four sessions, a study group led by Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Elayne Whyte, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United Nations (2014-2020) and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002), will examine one of the most compelling challenges of diplomacy in the XXI century: how to negotiate effective and innovative agreements addressing the global problems facing humanity today that are of transnational nature and affect humanity as a whole, both current and future generations.

The readings and discussions of this study group will seek to identify the theoretical, ethical and political underpinnings of the concept “negotiating for humanity.” It will also review experiences of negotiating around global challenges that go beyond competing national interests, transcend boundaries, affect current and future generations alike and pertain to global commons. Furthermore, these challenges constitute problems that cannot be addressed by governments alone or by one single state or institution.

Whilst the practice of diplomatic negotiations was established to secure the interests of the nation-state, the interconnected and interdependent society of the XXI century demands policy responses that transcend the interests and capabilities of individual or groups of states to protect the global commons, generate global public goods and address humanity’s challenges.

Contemporary negotiations need to address global health, inequality, and the protection of our global natural commons (oceans, ozone layer, the planet’s biodiversity, among others) for current and future generations. There are also pressing demands to tackle the existential threats that climate change or weapons of mass destruction pose to human civilization. Increased cooperation is also required to face global health risks, ocean pollution, human rights challenges posed by emerging technologies or other problems of systemic nature, such as the shortcomings of the multilateral system

Reflecting this paradigm shift in 2015 the United Nations agreed upon an “agenda for people, planet and prosperity”: the Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2021, the Secretary General presented a new deal to deliver global public goods and address humanity’s major risks, as part of the proposals to advance a common global agenda for the future. This represents a new comprehensive, systemic approach to the international agenda, in the context of the deep systemic impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine.

Being able to identify approaches that can be used in negotiations for humanity, the study group seeks to contribute to emerging issues of global debate, such as human migration, inequality, ocean pollution, outer space navigation and cleanup of orbit debris, the human rights protection challenges stemming from emerging technologies or the creation of an effective regime to deal with pandemics.

Image of the National Congress of Brazil in 1964 and a Protest in 2022

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Seminar - Open to the Public

Brazilian Democracy Under Attack: 1964 and 2022

Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies for a discussion on the state of Brazilian democracy with James Green, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of Modern Latin American History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies; Director of the Brazil Initiative, Brown University; Rodrigo Patto Sá Motta, Full Professor of Brazilian History, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto, Adjunct Professor, University of Brasilia (UnB); moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, David and Peggy Rockefeller Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

In 1964, a military coup d’Etat, supported by sectors of civil society, inaugurated two decades of dictatorship in Brazil. In 2022, a right-wing government works to undermine democratic institutions and find justification for another period of authoritarianism. There is much in common in the political rhetoric used to attack democracy in both periods: antidemocratic forces speak of political corruption, an alleged communist threat, the need to defend religious and moral values, etc. But the two historical moments are also in sharp contrast to each other. The purpose of this panel is to explore similarities and differences between 1964 and 2022 while history unfolds and we witness whether Brazilian democracy will be able to avert –this time—a new moment of peril.

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Office of Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Ukraine War and U.S.-China Competition: A Southeast Asian Perspective

Thu., Oct. 13, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Asia-Pacific Initiative for a discussion with Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and former Ambassador of Singapore to the United States, on current political and economic developments in Asia and a unique southeast Asian view on Russia's war in Ukraine. Increasing U.S.-China competition presents significant and myriad challenges to the region. What role is diplomacy playing in helping these countries navigate changing dynamics in Asia and beyond? Ambassador Chan will also address the rise of ASEAN and efforts towards strengthening trade and regional economic integration. This conversation will be moderated by Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project.

The event will take place in person for Harvard ID holders and online via Zoom.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Classless Politics: Islamist Movements, the Left, and Authoritarian Legacies in Egypt

Thu., Oct. 13, 2022 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Dr. Sallam will discuss the counterintuitive relationship between neoliberal economics and Islamist politics in Egypt that sheds new light on the worldwide trend of “more identity, less class.” This talk will examine why Islamist movements have gained support at the expense of the left, even amid conflicts over the costs of economic reforms.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Energy Policy Seminar: Carolyn Kousky on "Climate Change and Insurance Markets"

Mon., Oct. 17, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring Carolyn Kousky, Associate Vice President for Economics and Policy at Environmental Defense Fund. Kousky will give a talk on "Climate Change and Insurance Markets." Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: In-person attendance is limited to current Harvard ID holders. No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. 

Recording: The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page (typically one week later). Those who register for this event will automatically receive a link to the recording as soon as it becomes available.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Jolyon Howorth and Daniela Schwarzer

Center for European Studies

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The European Union’s Reaction to the War in Ukraine

Tue., Oct. 18, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Center for European Studies

Russia's aggression towards Ukraine has continued, profound consequences for European affairs and international politics. Daniela Schwarzer and Jolyon Howorth will examine the war’s impact on the European Union’s internal politics as it balances the divergent positions of member states. They will also discuss the foreign policy and security implications and challenges to transatlantic relations. 

This event is part of the Center for European Studies' European Union Seminar and is co-sponsored by the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.


  • Jolyon Howorth – Jean Monnet Professor ad personam & Professor Emeritus of European Politics, University of Bath; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Daniela Schwarzer – Pierre Keller Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School ; Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations


  • Karl Kaiser – Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School; Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Vivien A. Schmidt – Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Study Group - Harvard Students

Omar Razzaz Study Group

Tue., Oct. 18, 2022 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

“Policy vs. Politics & the Path to Reform: Insights from the Field” 

Study Group Led by Dr. Omar Razzaz 

Fall 2022 


Study Group Schedule: 

  • Tuesday, October 18, 4:30-6:00 pm 

  • Wednesday, November 2, 4:30-6:00 pm 

  • Tuesday, November 8, 4:30-6:00 pm  


Middle East Initiative Senior Fellow Dr. Omar Razzaz, former Prime Minister of Jordan, will lead a three-part study group on “Policy vs. Politics & the Path to Reform: Insights from the Field.”  


The study group will draw on Dr. Razzaz’s decades of public service to explore the processes and pitfalls of achieving political and economic reform. Through exploring reform attempts in social protection, education, taxation, and public sector accountability, the group will identify essential building blocks in the reform process and potential pitfalls along the way.  Specifically, while “realism” has taught us that “politics is the art of the possible,” how can we manage short term political interests without losing sight of longer-term policy objectives which render development results in the long term? Dr. Razzaz will share his extensive experience as a leading policymaker in Jordan and the Middle East to highlight real-world examples of “policy  


How To Apply 

The study group will be held in person at HKS and is limited to Harvard students. HKS applicants will be given priority. Applications are due by Friday, September 30.  Applicants will be notified on Tuesday, October 11 if they are accepted.   


Accepted students should plan to attend all sessions and should make sure they are able to do so before applying.    


Use this link to apply by 9/30/22.  


For questions, please contact Aws Al-Rawashdeh.

About Dr. Razzaz 

Dr. Omar Razzaz is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. He comes to MEI with a formidable career that spans the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, international organizations, and academia. He served as the Prime Minister of Jordan from 2018-2020. He also served as Jordan’s minister of education (2017-2018), director of Jordan’s Social Security Corporation (2006-2010), executive chairman of Jordan Ahli Bank (2014-2017), chair of the King Abdullah Fund for Development (2012-2014), founder and chair of the Jordan Strategy Forum (2012-2017), sector leader and country manager at the World Bank (1997-2006), and Ford Chair and assistant professor at MIT’s International Development and Regional Planning Program. He completed a post-doctorate at Harvard Law School (1992) and earned a Ph.D. in urban planning with a minor in economics from Harvard University (1991), a master’s from MIT (1987), and a bachelor's in engineering from Louisiana Tech University (1985). Throughout his years in academia, he received several awards for research, writing, and teaching.