“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.”
Applied History is the explicit attempt to illuminate current challenges and choices by analyzing historical precedents and analogues.
The Cyber Security Project investigates how developments in the field of cybersecurity will shape international conflict
Led by Eric Rosenbach, the Defending Digital Democracy Project aims to develop strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks.
The Defense Project seeks to increase the Belfer Center’s visibility and capacity to advance policy relevant knowledge in defense and international security areas and help prepare future leaders for service in those fields. Through a robust speaker series of visiting senior military officers and DoD civilian leaders, this initiative links defense professionals with Belfer researchers, faculty, and Kennedy School students, to facilitate better policy-making in the field and enrich the education of fellows and students about security issues.
The Future of Diplomacy Project is dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and statecraft in international politics today. The Project aims to build Harvard Kennedy School’s ability to teach in this area, to support research in modern diplomatic practice and to build public understanding of diplomacy’s indispensable role in an increasingly complex and globalized world.
The Geopolitics of Energy Project explores the intersection of energy, security, and international politics. The project, launched in 2011, aims to improve our understanding of how energy demand and supply shape international politics – and vice versa. It also endeavors to inform policymakers and students about major challenges to global energy security and, where possible, to propose new ways of thinking about and addressing these issues. The project focuses both on conventional and alternative energies, as both will influence and be influenced by geopolitical realities.
The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements identifies and communicates scientifically sound, economically sensible, and politically pragmatic public policy options for addressing global climate change. The Harvard Project's research focuses on policy architecture, key design elements, and institutional dimensions of international and domestic climate-change policy—and draws upon leading scholars and policy practitioners from around the world.
The Homeland Security Project explores the challenges and choices surrounding the unique aspects of protecting the American homeland.
The Intelligence Project seeks to increase the Center’s capacity to advance policy relevant knowledge in intelligence areas and help prepare future leaders in the field. The initiative builds on the defense and intelligence related research already being done at the Belfer Center and adds new research to fill knowledge gaps. The initiative links intelligence agencies with Belfer researchers, faculty, and Kennedy School students, to facilitate better policy-making in the field and enrich the education of fellows and students about intelligence.
The Iran Project aims to increase our understanding of Iran and contemporary Iranian affairs from its nuclear program to Iranian state and society more broadly. The Iran Project hopes to support the efforts of Iranian students and those involved in Iranian studies at Harvard University and to become a diplomatic bridge to engage Iran and Iranian universities and research institutes.
The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) conducts and disseminates policy-relevant research on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The project supports an international group of pre- and post-doctoral fellows and other experts working on these issues and helps to advance their research work through seminars, workshops, and conferences.
Dedicated to advancing public policy in the Middle East
The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship aims to strengthen the University's capacities for teaching, research, and policy on the relationship between the U.S. and Europe
The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.
The US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism addresses the challenge set by Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev for the U.S. and Russia to strengthen "their cooperation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and stop acts of nuclear terrorism." Building on existing efforts to understand and prevent nuclear terrorism, this initiative seeks a joint US-Russian assessment of the threat of nuclear terrorism in order to develop concepts, strategy, and actions to prevent a successful nuclear attack by terrorists.