9 Events

People watch a news program on TV reporting about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Special Series - Open to the Public

Seoul Forum for International Affairs – Harvard Track II Dialogue on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Fri., Sep. 28, 2018 | 9:30am

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

With the next inter-Korean summit and Xi Jinping-Kim Jong Un meeting scheduled for September, we’ll be convening a special Seoul Forum for International Affairs (SFIA) - Harvard Track II dialogue on Friday, September 28. This public event will highlight insights from former senior practitioners and leading experts from the Republic of Korea and the United States.

The co-organizers of this event are the Seoul Forum for International Affairs, Harvard Belfer Center’s Korea Working Group, and Harvard Korea Institute’s SBS Foundation Research Fund.

The Harvard Korea Working Group acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bids farewell to senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, director of the United Front Department, right, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, left, on his departure from Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2018.

Matthew Lee/AP

Special Series - Open to the Public

Dealing with North Korea: Insights from U.S. Negotiators

Tue., June 19, 2018 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Belfer Building - Land Hall, 4th Floor

Discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill, Ambassador Daniel Russel, Dr. Gary Samore, First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, Consul General Kim Yonghyon, and Dr. John Park. This Harvard Korea Working Group public panel event will draw on the experiences of former senior U.S. negotiators who have engaged in deal-making with North Korean counterparts.

The Harvard Korea Working Group acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

President Donald Trump shows a signed Presidential Memorandum after delivering a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Consequences of the U.S. Withdrawal from the JCPOA

Wed., May 16, 2018 | 10:00am

Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

With President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement (JCPOA), the future of the deal is under serious question. Please join the Iran Project and The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) for an expert-level roundtable analyzing the ramifications of this decision and the how leading international and regional players will react to these latest developments.

Conference - Open to the Public

The First Annual Symposium on Islam, Dialogue, and Sectarian De-Escalation at the Harvard Kennedy School

Sat., Apr. 14, 2018 - Sun., Apr. 15, 2018

Center for Government and International Studies - Tsai Auditorium, Room S-010

The First Annual Symposium on Islam, Dialogue, and Sectarian De-Escalation at the Harvard Kennedy School has gathered a diversity of voices from leading scholars, religious authorities, civic community leaders, and policymakers alike to push forward analytical understanding and dialogue on the pressing topic of sectarianism in the Muslim world.

For speaker and schedule information, visit event website.


Conference - Open to the Public

Avoiding Thucydides’s Trap: Managing the Rise of China

Thu., Mar. 23, 2017 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Harvard Faculty Club

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Seiichiro Takagi, Senior Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

Welcome Remarks:
Dr. Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Introductory Address:
Professor Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Panel Discussion:
Professor Joe Nye, Harvard Kennedy School
Professor Taylor Fravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Toshi Yoshihara, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Secretary of State Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, and other diplomats from the P5+1 announce the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. State Dept.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Edge of Success? The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations and the Future Regional Order

Fri., Apr. 10, 2015 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Taubman Building - Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor

The news released April 2nd about a framework agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 heralds an important success in the diplomatic process to prevent Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. However, many questions about the deal's parameters, implementation and effects. This seminar will explore these questions and others relating to the announcement of the framework agreement.

This seminar will be open to Harvard students, staff, and faculty only, and will require an RSVP.

Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

And Then What? Imagining the Middle East if Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Fail

Wed., Feb. 4, 2015 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

As nuclear negotiations with Iran go into their second year, and the US congress considers a new sanctions bill, the chances of reaching a comprehensive settlement are highly uncertain. The number of regional and global actors with stakes in Iran’s nuclear trajectory means that a failure of negotiations would have far-reaching consequences. Different scenarios leading to the breakdown of talks could produce distinct pathways for the aftermath of diplomatic failure. In particular, whether or not negotiations end with the P5+1 united or divided will affect the prospects of further multilateral sanctions, as well as the behavior of Iran and its regional rivals.  The panel will examine these scenarios, and consider the consequences of a collapse of the negotiations for Iran’s nuclear policy, for regional politics and security, and for relations among the P5+1.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Transcending Mutual Deterrence in the U.S.-Russian Relationship

Thu., Oct. 3, 2013 | 10:15am - 11:45am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Russia and the United States ceased being mortal enemies with the end of Cold War. Yet a relationship based on the constant threat of mutual nuclear annihilation persists. Researchers from Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Russia’s Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies teamed up in 2012 to write a report which explores whether their two countries can transcend the state of mutual deterrence. Even as this report was being written and edited, U.S.-Russian relations have warmed and chilled. The report, which will be presented at this seminar, assesses the central and enduring interests of the United States and Russia, the extent to which they coincide or conflict, and discerns whether or not in light of these interests mutual deterrence should remain a fundamental feature of the relationship.