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Halla Hrund Logadóttir gives a presentation.

Belfer Center/Benn Craig

Newsmakers

Spring 2019

Belfer Center faculty, fellows, and staff in the recent news: Halla Logadottir, Samantha Power, David Ignatius, Evan Feigenbaum, and William James.

Harvard Kennedy School students and staff listen to Cassandra Favart, Project Coordinator for the Geopolitics of Energy Project, speak at a student event hosted by the Belfer Center.

Belfer Center/Benn Craig

Preparing Students for Impact

Spring 2019

Encouraging student research initiatives is one of many ways the Belfer Center helps prepare the next generation of leaders in science and international affairs, an essential component of the Belfer Center’s mission. Central to those future leaders are Kennedy School students as well as pre-and post-doctoral research fellows. This article describes the expanding opportunities available for students to engage with the Belfer Center.

 

Lihi Ben Shitrit speaking at her seminar

Belfer Center/Sharon Wilke

Lihi Ben Shitrit: Preventing Self-Identity from Interfering with Research

    Author:
  • Hannah Ebanks
| Spring 2019

Born and raised in Israel, Ben Shitrit describes “identity” experiences like this as “powerful and good” because they compelled her to ensure that her own beliefs not interfere with her research. During two years of fieldwork in Israel and the West Bank, she focused on the Jewish settler movement, the ultra-Orthodox Shas, the Islamic Movement in Israel, and the Palestinian Hamas. Her resulting book was Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right. 

Zoe Marks (center) with her translator Patricia Turay and her family in Makeni, Sierra Leone, where Marks was researching impacts of civil war and its aftermath.

Zoe Marks

Q&A: Zoe Marks

| Spring 2019

This Q&A focuses on Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of conflict and political violence; race, gender and inequality; peacebuilding; and African politics. Her current book project examines the internal dynamics of rebellion in Sierra Leone to understand how and why rebel groups can sustain a viable threat to the state without widespread support.

Erica Chenoweth, HKS Professor of Public Policy (center), talks with Belfer Center Director Ash Carter (right).

Belfer Center/Benn Craig

Q&A: Erica Chenoweth

| Spring 2019

This Q&A focuses on Erica Chenoweth, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research focuses on political violence and its alternatives. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. Her forthcoming book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know explores what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance.