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Belfer Center Summer 2019 Newsletter

| Summer 2019

In the Summer 2019 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter, we asked six of our climate experts what actions are needed now to reduce the amount of climate change and related harm to people and ecosystems. We also highlight our Elbe Group of retired U.S. and Russian intelligence and military officers who issued a joint statement in March about steps both governments need to take to improve U.S.-Russian relations. We look at ethics in the intelligence community through the eyes of intelligence officers, policymakers, cyber experts, and others who discussed these issues in a recent Intelligence Project conference. In addition, we describe our recent "Big Tech and Democracy" workshop with congressional staffers, and introduce our new Economic Diplomacy Initiative. And there's much more.

Belfer Center Spring 2019 Newsletter

| Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features two major reports: A Vision for Nuclear Security, from the Project on Managing the Atom, and NATO in Crisis, a  70th anniversary report from former NATO Ambassadors Nicholas Burns and Douglas Lute. The newsletter also highlights Center Korea scholars' reactions to the shortened Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, and some takeaways from nuclear experts who recently examined samples of Iranian nuclear-related documents spirited out of Iran by a clandestine Israeli intelligence operation.

And there's much more.

 

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Inside the Fall/Winter 2018-19 Newsletter

| Fall/Winter 2018-2019

In this issue, we are pleased to introduce the Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project. The brainchild of Belfer Center Director Ash Carter, the goal of the project is to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve humanity as a whole. We also feature the latest effort by our Defending Digital Democracy Project: observing midterm elections in five states and meeting with election officials to further fortify their elections against malicious attacks.Since its launch 18 months ago, D3P has engaged 44 of 50 states to improve their readiness, resistance, and resilience.

We also highlight Belfer Center work on climate change impacts - from student presentations at the Arctic Circle Assembly and presentation of the Roy Award for a partnership working to prevent flooding to decarbonization efforts in China.  And there's much more.

 

 

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Election Officials Discuss Midterm Interference and Security Plans for 2020

| Dec. 18, 2018

“It was too quiet.”

That was the sentiment expressed by a number of the 45 election officials from 23 states who gathered earlier this month at Harvard for a Belfer Center Defending Digital Democracy (D3P) Midterm After-Action Conference to discuss problems around their November midterm elections.  Most said they experienced significant but mostly unintended misinformation – and some disinformation – along with a number of other challenges to their electoral processes, but not the extensive foreign cyber and other attacks that took place during the 2016 presidential election.

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Summer 2018 Belfer Center Newsletter

| Summer 2018

In this Summer 2018 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter, we are pleased to highlight the Center’s newest initiative – The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. Led by Nicholas Burns, Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook, and Karl Kaiser, the project will expand the Kennedy School’s teaching and research on Europe and a long-time relationship that continues to be vital to the United States. Also in this newsletter, we describe the Center's expanding efforts to help state and local election officials defend their elections and the electoral process against cyber and information attacks. Among the other Center activities featured in this issue: the Iran Project's first annual Symposium on Islam and Sectarian De-escalation;  the possible impact of Korean talks; and a focus on ensuring responsible use of artificial intelligence – and much more.

 

Photo of state and local election officials at D3P conference.

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Election Officials from 38 States Learn to Fortify Elections Against Attacks

| Mar. 29, 2018

More than 120 election officials from 38 states gathered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week to participate in role-playing exercises that provided them with tips, tools, and training to fortify their election systems against cyber attacks and information operations. Organized by the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the two-day event featured a tabletop exercise (TTX) scenario for officials that simulated attacks on election systems ranging from hacks and social media misinformation to  manipulation of voter information and trust. The state and local election officials learned how to better prepare, defend, and respond to a range of attacks on the integrity of American elections and how to empower their colleagues back home with this knowledge as they prepare for the 2018 and 2020 elections.   

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Spring 2018 Belfer Center Newsletter

| Spring 2018

In this issue, we highlight our work with state and local elections officials across the country that led to our recently published Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) playbooks that include concrete suggestions to help campaign staff and election officials better safeguard critical systems and deter/respond to misinformation. Also in this newsletter, Belfer Center Director Ash Carter emphasizes the need for technologists to “steer technology in the direction of public good,” and a Belfer Center Elbe Group gathering in Moscow points to one area where the deeply divided U.S. and Russia might be able to work together. We also feature Harvard Kennedy School's student innovators who are tackling Arctic-related issues as part of the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative.

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Fall/Winter 2017-18 Belfer Center Newsletter

| Fall/Winter 2017-2018

In this issue, new Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Co-Director Eric Rosenbach describe their vision for the Center’s next chapter: sustaining its core mission while enhancing its unique ability to leverage science and technology to meet global challenges and priming the next generation of leaders in both scholarship and policymaking.

We highlight two new initiatives: the Defending Digital Democracy (D3P) Project and the Arctic Initiative, and welcome 12 new senior fellows. Ash Carter gives a definitive history of the campaign to defeat ISIS, and Center experts offer insight into the North Korean nuclear threat and into the Iran nuclear agreement.