Newsletters

1405 Items

Ukrainian soldiers help a fleeing family to cross the Irpin river in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

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

The War in Ukraine: Insights From Multiple Fronts

| Spring 2022

Russia’s brutal invasion of a sovereign democratic country in February shocked the world. Moscow’s forces have targeted civilians across Ukraine, while Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened to unleash weapons of mass destruction. 

The Belfer Center is not a passive observer of this war. Our community of diplomats, national security analysts, intelligence officials, and generals, along with nuclear, energy, and cyber experts have been working non-stop to advance policy-relevant insights. 

teaser image

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

Belfer Center Newsletter Spring 2022

| Spring 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Belfer Center is not a passive observer of the war in Ukraine. Our community of diplomats, national security analysts, intelligence officials, and generals, along with nuclear, energy, and cyber experts have been working non-stop to advance policy-relevant insights. As you’ll see in our latest newsletter, this is an all-hands effort that shows the distinctive value of the Belfer Center’s multi-faceted research. I have a deep personal connection to this conflict. In the 1990s, I helped dismantle nuclear missile silos in Ukraine as part of the Nunn-Lugar program. That remarkable bipartisan effort grew from important work at the Belfer Center. Amid scenes of brutal destruction in Ukraine today, our mission to advance research, ideas, and leadership for a more secure, peaceful world has never been more urgent. There’s much more in this newsletter about vital work the Center is doing in other critical areas.

Ash Carter

Photo of Gitanjali Rao arriving at the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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

Women in STEM Share Experiences

| Spring 2022

Throughout this spring, Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad developed and hosted a Women in STEM event series to highlight women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The aim of the series was to recognize the many accomplishments and contributions by women in STEM fields while educating and empowering young women, providing valuable advice, and sharing pearls of wisdom. This six-event series featured guest speakers that included America's Top Young Scientist Gitanjali Rao, former White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, leading figure in the U.S. space program Lori Garver and Spacecraft Operations Engineer Nagin Cox, Tiktok-renowned epidemiologist Dr. Katrine Wallace, and many more.

teaser image

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

Center Experts Honored for Outstanding Accomplishments

Spring 2022

Several members of the Belfer Center community were honored recently with awards for major contributions and appointments to prestigious advisory groups. They include John P. Holdren, Sheila Jasanoff, Laura Diaz-Anadon, Francesca GiovanniniAditi Verma, and Syra Madad.

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

Deepening the Center's Commitment to Diversity

Spring 2022

In 2020, every research and core staff team at the Belfer Center developed an action plan for achieving progress on diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB). These plans generated significant gains, including much greater diversity in the Center’s hiring practices, speaker invitations, and fellowship applications.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, more than a dozen Belfer staff, fellows, and students convened a committee to institutionalize and build upon this work. 

This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon is pledging to stop selling information on phone owners' locations to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy, The Associated Press has learned.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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

Controlling Data Privacy and Security

| Spring 2022

Earlier this year, the Belfer Center’s Cyber Project embarked on an ambitious project, but one we believe is achievable: to get a federal data privacy and security law passed. Such a law will have enormous benefits for consumers, businesses, and national security. In the absence of a federal law,  organizations are still free to collect, hold, process, use, and sell data however they wish.

In collaboration with the R Street Institute’s Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats Team, led by Tatyana Bolton, and Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s Senior Advisor Cory Simpson, the Cyber Project is taking a focused approach to the problem. 

Photo of two of the offshore wind turbines which have been constructed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. are seen on Monday, June 29, 2020.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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

Routes to Decarbonization in the U.S. and China

| Spring 2022

Researchers at the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program are identifying the technologies most likely to make a major contribution to meeting the mid-century decarbonization goals in the United States, as well as the barriers to reaching their full emission-reduction potential, and the policies and regulations that could be implemented in the next decade (by 2030) to maintain a pathway to net-zero by 2050.

Students pose for a group photo at Woodwell Climate Research Center

Brittany Janis

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

Students Build StoryMaps, Camaraderie at 2022 Arctic Data Stories Workshop

In late March, 19 students from Harvard and the greater Boston area boarded a bus to Woodwell Climate Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts, for the final session of the second annual Arctic Data Stories Workshop. 

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

Students Turn Learning Into Action

| Spring 2022

Central to the Belfer Center’s mission is preparing the next generation of leaders in the areas of science and international affairs. These efforts extend outside the seminar or Zoom room to collaborations with student groups that organize major events. Here we highlight collaborations from this semester with the Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D), the Africa Caucus, Black Student Union, and the European Club.