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Staff Spotlight: Julia Martin

| Spring 2020

To say that the Middle East Initiative (MEI) has shaped Julia Martin’s life would be an understatement. When she was a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, Julia invited a friend to join her for an MEI film screening of The Band’s Visit. Amr accepted. Before long, they became husband and wife, and they are now raising three children together. 

Today, Julia serves as MEI’s Assistant Director, managing its programs, budgets, and strategic planning.

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Spotlight: Tarek Masoud

| Spring 2020

Our Spotlight in this newsletter is on Prof. Tarek Masoud, Faculty Chair of the Middle East Initiative (MEI).  In talking about MEI, Masoud says the Initiative is one of the most important ways in which HKS and Harvard engages with the contemporary Middle East. “It’s a bridge," he says. "My goal to make it into a superhighway.”




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

Spotlight: Fran Ulmer

| Fall/Winter 2019-2020

Fran Ulmer is a Senior Fellow with the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative. She also is Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and Global Board Chair of The Nature Conservancy. She has served in Alaska as Mayor of Juneau, State Representative, and Lieutenant Governor– the first woman elected to statewide office in the state. She also was Chancellor of the University of Alaska.

1994—Moscow’s Spaso House: Rolf Mowatt-Larssen (back center), then a declared CIA Representative to Russian Intelligence Services in Moscow, stands behind Yevgeniy Primakov, Director of the Russian External Intelligence Services (SVRR), with President Bill Clinton and a senior Russian Orthodox Church official at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence.

U.S. Embassy/Moscow

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Spotlight: Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

| Summer 2019

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is departing as Director of the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project. In that capacity, he has run the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation Fellowship, which educates rising thought leaders in national and international intelligence. He previously served for a quarter century in intelligence, both in the CIA, where he became station chief in Moscow, and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. After 9/11, he led Washington’s efforts to determine whether al Qaeda had WMD capabilities and to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.

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

Morgan Kaplan Joins Belfer Center as Executive Editor of International Security

| May 16, 2019

Cambridge, MA – Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs welcomed Morgan Kaplan this week as the new Executive Editor of International Security. Kaplan succeeds Sean Lynn-Jones, who retired after 31 years of service to the journal he led to repeated No. 1 rankings for scholarly impact. Kaplan joins the Center from Northwestern University, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. Earlier he was an International Security Program Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

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

Spotlight: Dara Kay Cohen

| Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Dara Kay Cohen is a Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy at HKS. Her research spans international relations, including international security, civil war and the dynamics of violence, and gender and conflict. Her first book, Rape During Civil War, received several awards, including the 2017 Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award from the American Political Science Association. Cohen is also the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. Her current project is focused on the intersection of political violence, public opinion, and gender in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Nicholas Burns, Faculty Chair of the Center’s new Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, introduces European diplomats and experts in a JFK Jr. Forum in May on Navigating the Crisis in International Relations. Participants (from left): Burns, Germany’s Amb. Peter Wittig, CSIS Director of Transatlantic Security Julianne Smith, Spain’s Amb. Pedro Morenés, and EU Amb. David O’Sullivan.

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

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

Bridging the Atlantic to Reinvigorate an Indispensable Relationship

At a time of questions about Europe’s unity, security, and prosperity—and about the commitment of the United States to its relationship with NATO and the European Union—the Belfer Center has launched a new Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship to reinvigorate a continental bond that has anchored global order, provided peace and stability, and fueled economic expansion for seven decades.

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

A Harvard Pioneer for Science and Women

| Summer 2018

Norman Mailer. Leonard Bernstein. T.S. Eliot. Robert Frost. Those are just some of the famous winners of Harvard Signet Society’s prestigious Signet Award. This spring, one of the Belfer Center’s most admired members was added to their ranks: Dorothy Zinberg.

Defending Digital Democracy “Hackathon” finalists with Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter​​​​​​​

Benn Craig/Belfer Center


National Student Hackathon Showcases Innovative Proposals to Thwart Cyberattacks and Information Operations

| March 30, 2018

“Honey bots” that counter malicious bots. An app called Sanity Check. Cyber Security Bonds. And technology that breaks the grip of online echo chambers. Those are just some of the ideas that college students from around the country presented Thursday in Cambridge as part of the Defending Digital Democracy Project’s first-ever Information Operations Technical and Policy Hack-a-thon.

A view of Logadóttir’s family farm in Iceland. (Credit: Mats Wibe Lund)

Mats Wibe Lund

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

Spotlight: Halla Hrund Logadóttir

| Spring 2018

For Halla Hrund Logadóttir, the challenges posed by rapid climate change in the Arctic truly hit home. Growing up on her grandparents’ sheep farm in Iceland, Logadóttir could see the crags of a massive glacier on the horizon. While sheep grazed on sloping volcanic fields of emerald green grass, she learned to drive tractors and fix engines. Today, she’s using that hands-on experience to protect the world’s most fragile ecosystem.