23 Upcoming Events

A nighttime view of the Lujiazui peninsula of Shanghai, seen from the Bund, 25 November 2019. Lujiazui is Shanghai’s financial district.

Wikimedia CC/Phizz

Seminar - Open to the Public

When Fast-Growing Great Powers Slow Down: Historical Evidence and Implications for China

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Michael Beckley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Tufts University

Most discussion on U.S.-China policy focuses on the implications of a rising China. This presentation, by contrast, considers some of the challenges that could be posed by an economically stagnating China. How would a severe and sustained economic growth slowdown affect China's foreign policy and military modernization? Would military conflict between China and the United States become more or less likely? This presentation addresses these questions by comparing China to past rising great powers that experienced major economic slowdowns.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:

Special Series - Open to the Public

Middle East Initiative Fall 2020 Open House

Thu., Sep. 24, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm


An opportunity to learn more about the programs, projects, and scholarly community at the Middle East Initiative.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future World Order: Arms Control

Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm


The Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a discussion on the future of arms control, as part of a new HKS series on The Future World Order.  The participants will be Emma Belcher (Ploughshares Fund), Matthew Bunn (Belfer Center/Managing the Atom) and Steven E. Miller (Belfer Center/International Security Program).  Professor Stephen Walt (Belfer Center/ISP) will moderate.

The session is open to the public.  Please RSVP below for access to the Zoom link.

Seminar - Open to the Public


Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm


A Climate Week Event co-organized by the Woodwell Climate Research Center and the Arctic Initiative

This session focuses on a warming-driven phenomenon—the rapid thawing of Arctic permafrost—that is contributing simultaneously to the most vexing of Arctic warming’s impacts both in the region and around the world. This session will target experts and non-experts who are interested in understanding the science and policy issues at the heart of this widely underestimated facet of the global climate-change challenge.

Register here.

Photo of the Arctic

Photo Credit: Dr. Sarah Mackie

Special Series - Harvard Students

Apply Now to Join the Arctic Initiative Pod-Cast Series

Sun., Sep. 27, 2020 | 11:59pm


Are you interested in the Arctic?
Do you have compelling thoughts and ideas to share?
If so, the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, invites you to take part in our new student-led podcast series.

Anthony Leiserowitz

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Anthony Leiserowitz on "Climate Change and the American Mind"

Mon., Sep. 28, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of Yale University's Program on Climate Change Communication. Dr. Leiserowitz will speak on "Climate Change and the American Mind." 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.

The former President of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Arctic Circle Assembly

Seminar - Harvard Students

Geopolitics in the Arctic: A discussion with the former President of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Tue., Sep. 29, 2020 | 7:45am - 8:45am


Join the Arctic Initiative for a discussion with the former President of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the current Chair and Co-founder of the largest gathering on Arctic affairs, the Arctic Circle Assembly, and a leader in the Arctic dialogue. This session is a part of the "Glacier Talks" with leaders on Arctic issues. Limited seats available - you will be notified if you have been selected. 

Book cover for Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

Harvard University Press

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Alexander Keyssar — Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

Wed., Sep. 30, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm


In the midst of the most hotly contested election in generations – when citizens and scholars alike struggle to understand the stresses straining our political system – 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.

Chinese President XI Jinping & Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gala evening dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and China, 5-June-2019.

Wikimedia CC/kremlin.ru

Seminar - Open to the Public

Russia-China Relations in the Age of COVID-19: Strategic Partners, Extra-Regional Rivals

Thu., Oct. 1, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Samuel Ramani, D.Phil. Candidate in International Relations, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

This seminar will examine this contradiction in the Russia-China relationship and assess whether lessons from the Cold War–era Sino-Soviet Split can help predict the partnership's future direction. It will also examine how these contradictory trends in Russia-China relations could impact U.S. foreign policy and assess whether Russia and China chiefly pose a combined threat or two disparate challenges to U.S. hegemony in the post-pandemic era.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Please register in advance: Register in advance for this meeting: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtduCrqTkvGNfXBx_5jgfRvTV0s5aAFKgP

Ambassador Susan Rice's book Tough Love

The Office of Ambassador Susan Rice

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Tough Love and Global Leadership: A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice

Thu., Oct. 1, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice, former National Security Adviser and Belfer Center Senior Fellow, about her recent New York Times best-selling memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For and U.S. foreign policy. This seminar will be moderated by Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns and is open to Harvard affiliates or by invitation only.

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting and use your @harvard.edu email address:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.