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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Graduating Belfer Student Fellows Reflect on Harvard Experience

May 25, 2022

The Belfer Center has been honored this year to work with a cohort of talented HKS students who are also student fellows with the Center. Congratulations and best wishes to these extraordinary Belfer Young Leaders as they move on to create a more secure and just world: Casey Corcoran, Justin DeShazor, Hadja Diallo, Kadija Diallo, Thomas Franco, Akhil Iyer, Jordan Jefferson, Stefani Jones, Abigail Mayer, Nagela Nukuna, Amy Robinson, Blanka Soulava, and Nicole Thomasian.

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News - WBUR

The people of Ukraine on life during war

| May 24, 2022

Today marks three months since Russia invaded Ukraine. For many Ukrainians, that milestone is sinking in. "Now there is a certain plateauing, there's a certain leveling out. On the one hand, you know, the war has entered our everyday reality," Mariana Budjeryn says. "And on the other hand, you're battling the instinct to normalize it." As the war grinds on, how do Ukrainians see things?


TAPP Fellowship 2021-2022 Report Round Up

The  Technology and Public Purpose Fellows  hosted by the Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) is a showcase of the TAPP fellowship cohort’s research projects. TAPP Fellows are government, industry, and civil society practitioners that conduct field-based research on issues relating to technology and public purpose over the course of one academic year.

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News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Danish Climate Minister Lauds European Countries Vowing to Reduce their Dependency on Russian Gas During HPCA Virtual Forum

  • Doug Gavel
| Apr. 11, 2022

The Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Utilities expressed his hope that the tragic war in Ukraine will help accelerate the clean energy transformation by weaning Europe off Russian gas during a Virtual Forum (view recording here) last Friday (April 8). The event was hosted by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA) and moderated by Robert Stavins, HPCA Director and A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development. 

Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative Announces New “Permafrost Pathways” Project

| Apr. 11, 2022

The Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in collaboration with Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Alaska Institute for Justice, and the Alaska Native Science Commission, announced the launch of Permafrost Pathways: Connecting Science, People, and Policy for Arctic Justice and Global Climate. A multipronged $41 million initiative catalyzed through the The Audacious Project, the Pathways project will bring together leading experts in climate science, policy action, and environmental justice to inform and develop adaptation and mitigation strategies that address the local and global impacts of Arctic permafrost thaw. 

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News - European Environment Agency

Laura Diaz Anadon Appointed to New European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change

| Mar. 25, 2022

Laura Diaz Anadon, Visiting Scholar and longstanding associate of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, was appointed to the new European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change, a new independent advisory body ready to provide the European Union (EU) with scientific knowledge, expertise and advice relating to climate change. The Advisory Board’s work will underpin the EU’s climate action and efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Finding Hope with Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe

| Mar. 24, 2022

Renowned climate scientist and author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a leader in efforts to change the public climate crisis conversation by focusing on solutions that provide hope rather than despair.  In a recent talk sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program, she shared her wisdom about how to overcome the psychological, societal, political and economic barriers that contribute to climate denialism and take positive actions based on shared values and concerns. 

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News - Tehran Times

Risks of Nuclear War Are Growing, But Still Remain Low

| Mar. 16, 2022

“The risks of nuclear war are growing, but they still remain quite low,” Stephen Herzog tells the Tehran Times. For example, Herzog says, “Cold War examples show that some NATO or Russian troop deaths, or aircraft losses, will not result in a ‘Moscow-for-Washington’ strategic nuclear exchange.” While the Ukraine war is going on, some political observers warn about the expansion of war to other countries and a perilous confrontation between Russia and NATO.

“This has quickly become a conflict involving NATO. Western countries are providing weapons and intelligence to help Ukraine resist the Russian military,” Herzog, also an associate of Harvard University's Project on Managing the Atom, notes.