14 Events

Black Lives Matter protests in Paris and London

APCO Forum

Seminar - Open to the Public

Advancing an Anti-Racist Transatlantic Agenda

Tue., May 11, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Online

Please join the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a panel discussion on efforts to advance an anti-racist transatlantic agenda with three policymakers: Caroline Abadie, Member of the French National Assembly; Oona King, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Snap Inc and former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom; and Desirée Cormier Smith, Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. This discussion will be moderated by Torrey Taussig, Research Director, and Erika Manouselis, Project Coordinator.

Systemic racism is a critical problem for societies on both sides of Atlantic. Following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in May 2020, protests erupted around the world and sparked national reckonings about the injustices faced by African Americans and Black Europeans. Many of these injustices are the same - from mass incarcerations and racial profiling to health inequities and targeting by xenophobic and racist digital disinformation campaigns.

Meanwhile, President Biden has made racial inequality a major focus for his new administration. He has created a new Chief Diversity Officer role for the U.S. Department of State. The United Kingdom and France have both recently published government commissioned reports on racism and policy recommendations to address racial inequalities within their countries.

What actions can U.S. and European local and national governments take to address issues of systemic racism and minority rights? How do we tackle racism and racial discrimination within our governmental and intergovernmental institutions and increase diversity and inclusion? And how can U.S. and European institutions work together to make progress?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington, D.C., November 2009

BPA / Handout / Reuters

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

100 Days of Biden: A Transatlantic Balance?

Fri., May 7, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Online

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project's Fisher Family Fellow,  Ambassador Peter Wittig, for a virtual study group that will explore how and to what extent the first 100 days of the Biden presidency has reset the transatlantic partnership. 

In Europe, the Biden victory was mostly greeted with tremendous relief. Notable exceptions were the governments of Poland, Hungary and Slovenia as well as right-wing populist parties in many European parliaments. Biden is widely viewed as an old-school transatlanticist, a strong backer of NATO, and a supporter of the EU as a strategic partner for the US. His critical view on Brexit is also widely known.

How much restoration of the old Western order is possible and desirable? What will be the main areas of collaboration and tension in the European-U.S. relationship in the foreseeable future?

Ambassador Peter Wittig is a five-time Ambassador. He served in Spain, at the UN, in Lebanon and Cyprus before working in the cabinet of two Foreign Secretaries at headquarters. Most recently he was the German Ambassador at the United Nations in New York (2009 - 2014) representing his country in the Security Council, in Washington (2014 - 2018) and in the United Kingdom (2018 - 2020).

Please register here. A light reading list will be provided and students are expected to come on time and prepared. 

Fernando Carrillo

ROBERTO MORALES / PGR

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Leadership Lessons in the Fight Against Corruption in Colombia: A Conversation with Fernando Carrillo

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Online

Please join the Center for Public Leadership and the Future of Diplomacy Project for a discussion on the topic of leadership in the fight against corruption and guaranteeing constitutional rights with Mr. Fernando Carrillo, former Inspector-Attorney General of Colombia 2017-2021.

According to his experience leading this anti-corruption institution, Mr. Carrillo will share insights on how to integrate values in public service roles, as part of leadership development and the role of younger generations in driving change. The Inspector-Attorney General focuses on anti-corruption investigations, monitoring of public service provision and improving the effective guarantee of constitutional rights, especially those of population groups such as children, women, armed conflict victims and ethnic communities.

Mr. Carrillo, himself an HKS alum, has had an outstanding career in public service occupying twice the position of Minister in Colombia, Ambassador in Spain and leading positions in the Inter-American Development Bank. He was one of the student leaders who promoted the reform of the Colombian Constitution and was part of the Constitutional Assembly in 1991. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Colombian Constitution, which has evidenced significant improvements in society and some challenges remain.

This discussion is part of the CPL student-led events and will have an introduction by Maria Clemencia Monroy, MPA/ID 21. 

Visit by Federica Mogherini, Former Vice-President of the EC, to Ukraine, March 2018

European External Action Service/ Flickr

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

European Strategic Autonomy: Toward a New Transatlantic Balance in Security and Defense?

Fri., Apr. 16, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Online

The European Union (EU) Global Strategy, presented in 2016, has triggered the most significant leap forward in the European integration on security and defense in decades. Innovations that followed, such as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the European Defense Fund (EDF), have enhanced the EU’s capabilities and fostered a competitive European defense industry.

These moves toward closer defense cooperation on the “old continent” have also relaunched the debate on European strategic autonomy – and raised concerns about (un)intended consequences for NATO and EU-U.S. relations. For some, such initiatives will inevitably lead to the weakening of transatlantic bonds in the long term and a (perceived) choice between Brussels and Washington. Others argue that European strategic autonomy will strengthen transatlantic cooperation by contributing to a more effective burden-sharing between the EU and the U.S. on the world stage.

During this study group, the participants are invited to reflect on European strategic autonomy and the transatlantic (im)balance in security and defense. These reflections will be based on three case studies from the term in office of former EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini (2014-2019):

  • The Afghan peace process
  • The Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action)
  • The stabilization of the Western Balkans through political and economic reforms

Please register here. A light reading list will be provided and students are expected to come on time and prepared. 

Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr.

Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Strengthening the U.S.-Brazil Relationship: A Conversation with Nestor Forster Jr., Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S.

Mon., Mar. 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Online

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Nestor Forster Jr., Ambassador of Brazil to the U.S., about the bilateral relationship between the two largest economies and democracies in the Western Hemisphere: Brazil and the United States. Ambassador Forster will discuss the political and economic ties between the two countries in various areas, such as defense cooperation, trade policy, sustainable economic growth, environment, and science and technology. Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns, will introduce the event. Senior Fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon Jr., and Project Coordinator, Erika Manouselis will co-moderate this discussion.

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsdu6pqTgsGdHwA5myoDMJBfgaXfoIhfKR

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Then Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks to journalists during a press conference in Tokyo (February 2016)

Toru Yamanaka / AFP

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Importance of the Rules Based Order to Maintain Peace and Security in the Indo-Pacific

Tue., Mar. 23, 2021 | 8:00am - 9:30am

Online

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project's Fisher Family Fellow,  Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for a virtual study group to explore whether the rules-based international order developed since WWII can continue to regulate relations between nation states, including disputes, so that it does not descend into military conflict. This order is vital in ensuring the Indo-Pacific can continue to grow and improve living standards of billions of people.

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018 and deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018. She was a Member of Parliament 1998 to 2019. Ms Bishop was sworn in as Australia's first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013, having previously served as Minister as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues. Prior to this, she was Minister for Ageing. 

Please register here. A light reading list will be provided and students are expected to come on time and prepared. 

Henrietta Fore

UNICEF

Seminar - Open to the Public

Tackling Major Humanitarian Crises in the Time of COVID-19

Thu., Mar. 4, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Online

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, about UNICEF’s work in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and her experience leading one of the largest aid organizations in the world. Professor Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsde-uqDgoGt2vyOpj2jxqsYoj7xT_br3y

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A citizen casts a vote

Gallup

Seminar - Open to the Public

Democratic Backsliding and International Relations in the Americas

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Online

In recent years, several countries throughout the Americas have increasingly experienced concerning signs of democratic backsliding: Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Paraguay and Peru have all seen varying degrees of deterioration of their democratic institutions such as independence of the judiciary or the right to free protest. Similarly, the United States, which has long prided itself as a champion of democracy in the region and the world, was shaken by an unprecedented threat to its democracy on January 6 when a mob of insurgents sieged the Capitol building in an attempt to overturn election results. What are the main challenges to democracy in the Western Hemisphere? How are international organizations and foreign policymakers responding to de-democratization in the Americas? What is the role of diplomacy in defending democracy? And what is the role of civil society in reversing these trends?

Speakers: Celso Amorim, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense, Brazil; Susana Malcorra, Dean, IE School of Global and Public Affairs and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina; Ambassador Thomas Shannon, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School and Former U.S. Under Secretary of State

Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, Harvard University

Presented in collaboration with Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Policy Chat | Transnational Solidarity for Racial and Caste Justice

Tue., Feb. 23, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online

Belfer Policy Chats (BPC)  is an event series that features our fellows to chat about issues at the forefront of global policy. The aim is to provide a forum to engage on an informal level on policy topics at the Center around topics such as climate, national security, science and technology, cyber security, innovation, and competitiveness. Harvard Kennedy School's Black Student Union is co-sponsoring this event and Morgan Brewton-Johnson, MPP1 / MBA candidate, BSU President will open the seminar. Join us for this virtual discussion.

Registration is required. Please click here to register for this event.  

While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

Ambassador Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN and Chair of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, chairs and addresses a panel discussion on children and armed conflict on June 30, 2011.

UN

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

“The Future of Transatlantic Relations under President Biden: Restoration or Re-invention?” - A Study Group with Ambassador Peter Wittig

Fri., Nov. 20, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Online

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project's Fisher Family Fellow,  Ambassador Peter Wittig, for a virtual study group that will explore the key question of how much restoration of the old Western order is possible and desirable under a Biden presidency and how much re-invention is necessary to re-energize the transatlantic partnership.

Ambassador Peter Wittig is a five-time Ambassador. He served in Spain, at the UN, in Lebanon and Cyprus before working in the cabinet of two Foreign Secretaries at headquarters. Most recently he was the German Ambassador at the United Nations in New York (2009 - 2014) representing his country in the Security Council, in Washington (2014 - 2018) and in the United Kingdom (2018 - 2020).

Please register here. A light reading list will be provided and students are expected to come on time and prepared.