15 Upcoming Events

Weekly public audience, Pope Francis, Saint Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The (Im)Morality of Deterrence: Questions for the Pope, Policymakers, and Practitioners

Thu., May 2, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Tory Kindrick, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Policymakers and theorists have long debated the utility of nuclear deterrence as policy, while philosophers have debated its morality. In 2017, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, declared the use of nuclear deterrence to be immoral, signing the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in his role as head of state of Vatican City. No nuclear weapons states have as yet signed the treaty. This discussion explores how moral views may facilitate and complicate policy discussion and considers questions for moral authorities, policymakers, and practitioners when contemplating the morality of deterrence.

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

Co-Sponsored by Project on Managing the Atom

Location of the United Kingdom in the European Union

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Brexit, Borders, and the Irish Backstop

Mon., May 6, 2019 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Taubman Building - Nye B & C, 5th Floor

Please join the Project on Europe for a panel discussion on Brexit and its implications for Ireland with H.E. Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, Dr. Katy Hayward, 2019 Eisenhower Fellow and Reader in Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr. Kathleen O’Toole, Former Boston Police Commissioner and member of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland moderated by Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland and Eisenhower Fellowships.

RSVP required. 

Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Ethics & Morality of Intelligence

Tue., May 7, 2019 | 8:00am - 6:00pm

The Ethics of Intelligence is a full day conference hosted by the Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

The conference will consist of four panels, a working lunch, and a reception. The morning sessions will focus on the purpose, role, and constraints of intelligence as a lever of statecraft while the afternoon sessions with address the moral and ethical questions raised by the means of intelligence. 

The conference is open to all and free to attend. However, advanced registration is required.

Location: The Wadsworth Room, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge MA

Harvard Yard in the early spring.


Conference - Open to the Public

Reimagining Investing in Frontier Technologies

Wed., May 15, 2019 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) and Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting an invite-only, one-day workshop to  convene investors (Limited Partners and General Partners) and entrepreneurs (CEOs) investing in and building emerging and disruptive technologies in areas including artificial intelligence, genome engineering, advanced computing technologies and more.