“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Welcome to the International Security Program (ISP). We are part of the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as the oldest research program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Although located within the School of Government, ISP is not a degree program.
ISP addresses the most important challenges to U.S. national security and international security in the quarter century ahead. As the first issue of the journal International Security stated in 1976, "we define international security broadly to include the full array of factors that have a direct bearing on the structure of the international system and the sovereignty of its members, with particular emphasis on the use, threat, and control of force."
Program researchers analyze security issues rigorously, draw prescriptive conclusions, and communicate their recommendations directly to makers of public policy and shapers of public opinion. The Program also seeks to advance scholarship in security studies by contributing to significant academic debates through its own research activities and by publishing the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field, International Security. Each year ISP develops and trains new talent in security studies by hosting pre- and postdoctoral research fellows. The Program also created and continues to publish a book series, the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, to provide an outlet for policy-oriented research and analysis in the field of international security.
Since the early 1990s, the International Security Program has led an international effort to recognize the threat of terror, analyze its causes, and recommend what the United States should do to prevent and fight it. Several experts in the International Security Program have authored important works in the field of terrorism.
On our pages, you will find information about our research projects, our publications, and the faculty, fellows, and staff associated with the program.
New Research Fellows
David Allen (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Chad Ellsworth (Air Force Fellow)
Alexandra Tejblum Evans (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Jeffrey G. Karam
A. Bradley Potter
Nina Silove (August 2017–February 2018)
Andrew Taffer (December 2017–June 2018)
Joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom
Alexander Bollfrass (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Brian Filler (Air Force Fellow)
Frank O'Donnell (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Daniel Salisbury (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Returning Research Fellows
Mathias Ormestad Frendem
Jason Kelly (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Benjamin Rhode (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Calder Walton (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom
Charles Cogan (July–December 2017)
Amanda Rothschild (July–December 2017)
Andrew Taffer (September–November 2017)
- Program Assistant, International Security Program; Web Manager, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
- Managing Editor, International Security
- Executive Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security
International Security Program
For all program-related questions, including event and fellowship information:
Quarterly Journal: International Security
For all journal-related questions:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
For questions about the book series:
Discussion Paper Series
For information about International Security Program's discussion papers: