20 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Can the Future of Jihadism be Predicted?

Thu., Sep. 30, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

Why is jihadism so difficult to predict, and what, if anything, can social scientists hold on to as reliable indicators and frameworks for estimating its future? In this talk, Dr. Thomas Hegghammer, a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo, will review the forty-year history of scholarly prediction attempts, reflect on his own misjudgments, and draw up tentative - and likely wrong - scenarios for the coming years.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Judy Chang on “Planning for Decarbonization at the State Level”

Mon., Oct. 4, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Join us for the next Energy Policy Seminar of the 2021 Fall Semester featuring Judy Chang, Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions for Massachusetts. Undersecretary Chang will present "Planning for Decarbonization at the State Level." HKS Professor Henry Lee will moderate the discussion and Q&A.

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.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Intelligence Project Series: Truth to Power - The Delicate Dance Between Intelligence Providers and Policy Consumers

Wed., Oct. 6, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

With, Beth Sanner, Former Deputy DNI for Mission Integration, PDB Briefer for Presidents Trump and Biden. Moderated by Paul Kolbe, Belfer Center Intelligence Project Director

The role of intelligence is to provide leaders and policymakers with facts and context which enable better decisions and the  formulation of more effective policies. However, this is not a one way flow of secrets and insight from intelligence producers to intelligence consumers where assessments are just delivered into an inbox for leisurely perusal. Critical intelligence needs often go hand in hand with crisis, pressure, and unrelenting decision deadlines. The Intelligence Community (IC) gets drawn into the thick of the fray, and often finds itself delivering unwelcome news of policy failure, unintended consequence, or horrific event. The IC may also be placed in the awkward position of grading its own Covert Action homework. It is crucial for intelligence agencies to engender trust, confidence, and understanding in the customers it serves. The complex relationship between intelligence producers and policy consumers perfectly embodied in delivery of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), and the role of the PDB Briefer.

In this session, Ms. Sanner will explore core issues on the nexus between intelligence and policy. How do agencies deliver bad news?  What is intelligence politicization and how do agencies prevent it? How do policymakers misunderstand or misuse intelligence, and what can or should be done to avoid this? How can intelligence both be used and acted upon, while still protecting fragile sources and methods? Should intelligence engage more transparently with the public, or is too much already revealed by a relentless press?

For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/URhvgV3vb8Uw5s9u9 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Palestine - A Conversation with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Thu., Oct. 7, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar who served on the Executive Committee of the PLO and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, will speak about the future of Palestine.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Israel and the Middle East through a Literary Lens

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

James Snyder, MEI Senior Fellow, in conversation with the internationally recognized Israeli fiction and non-fiction writer David Grossman. Grossman’s work explores the frailty and complexity of the Middle East from a uniquely personal perspective and displays a moral sensibility that resonates worldwide.  His newly published novel, More than I Love my Life, once again merges history and fiction, weaving a narrative that demonstrates through its characters how Israel’s personality is inextricably tied to histories originating elsewhere in the world.

Kim Ghattas

Macmillan Publishers

Seminar - Open to the Public

From the Iranian Revolution to the Kabul Withdrawal

Thu., Nov. 4, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Drawing on themes from her recently published book Black WaveKim Ghattas will look back at forty years of rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, unpack the misconceptions that handicap America's dealings with the region, and analyze the inter-play between the Saudi-Iran rivalry and American foreign policy. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Setting the Stage for Emerging Contemporary Art in Palestine

Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

James Snyder, MEI Senior Fellow, will speak with Aline Khoury, Jerusalem-born art historian and contemporary curator. She is Managing Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem, an artist-led collaborative that seeks to create an independent platform for emerging artists in Palestine.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Afghanistan and Its Consequences

Fri., Nov. 19, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, will share his unique perspective on Afghanistan and offer insight into the implications of the 2021 Taliban takeover for the country and the region at large.  

Seminar - Open to the Public

Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

Thu., Dec. 9, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Online

Nadya Hajj, Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College, will discuss her latest book, Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

Seminar - Open to the Public

Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias

Thu., Dec. 16, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Online

Stephen Biddle will discuss his new book, Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias, in which he argues that some nonstate armies fight more “conventionally” than state armies and that the internal politics of nonstate actors determine their military tactics and strategies.