34 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Book Talk: Inheriting the Bomb: Ukraine’s Nuclear Disarmament and Why It Matters

Fri., Apr. 7, 2023 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) invites you to attend a discussion of MTA Senior Research Associate Mariana Budjeryn’s bookInheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023). Matthew Bunn will provide introductory remarks and Steve Miller will serve as a discussant during the session. For those attending in-person, light breakfast and refreshments will be served at 10:30am. The talk and webinar will begin at 11:00am EDT.

While this 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. 

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., speaks about climate change during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 7, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Nuclear Politics with Senator Ed Markey

Thu., Jan. 19, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

Join Senator Ed Markey in conversation with Professor Matthew Bunn for a discussion on nuclear issues in the shadow of the war in Ukraine. With a new Congress, and ongoing conflict in Ukraine, nuclear issues are as important as ever. What are the challenges ahead? What is being done to address them? What new thinking may be helpful?

In-person attendance is limited to HUID-holders only. The general public is welcome to join this event via Zoom.

A picture of Cuba with the text "Cuban Missile Crisis at 60"

Bennett Craig

Conference - Open to the Public

Cuban Missile Crisis at 60: Lessons of the Past and Relevance for the Present

Fri., Oct. 14, 2022 | 8:30am - 5:00pm

Barker Center - Thompson Room

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 continues to stand as the single most dangerous event of the nuclear age, when the world came closer than ever before or since to the prospect of nuclear annihilation. Scholars and analysts continue to revisit the CMC to learn its lessons in order to avoid nuclear dangers in the future. A number of recent accounts have shed new light on the various aspects of and incidents within the CMC, providing us with a better understanding of the dynamics of the crisis. As the world marks 60 years since those fateful events, the risk of nuclear conflagration is once again on the rise. Russia, a major nuclear power, is waging a war against Ukraine, a state supported by the United States and NATO, a nuclear-armed alliance. What were the most dangerous moments of the CMC? What contributed to and what ameliorated the risks of a nuclear conflagration? What can we learn from the CMC that is pertinent for preventing a conventional war in Ukraine from crossing the nuclear threshold? MTA brings together historians and political scientists to discuss the state of the art of history and politics of the Cuban Missile Crisis and gauge its relevance for the war in Ukraine and for future crises and conflicts. 

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Mariana Budjeryn Comments during Panel Discussion

Benn Craig/ HKS

Seminar - Open to the Public

From Nuclear Energy to Nuclear Deterrence: Update on Ukraine

Wed., Mar. 9, 2022 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) hosts a timely discussion focused on the nuclear implications of the evolving conflict in Ukraine. Our panelists will discuss the Budapest Memorandum, security of Ukrainian nuclear facilities, and the risks of nuclear escalation.

For members of the public (HUID and non-HUID holders), please register for the Zoom webinar event here. You will be able to watch the event live through Zoom.

For those who wish to attend in-person (HUID holders only), please register for a seat in the conference room here. Seating is limited.

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. 

Information Session - Open to the Public

Managing the Atom 2022-2023 Fellowship Information Session

Fri., Nov. 5, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Please join Managing the Atom faculty, staff, and fellows to learn more about the 2022-2023 fellowship program ahead of the Dec. 1 application deadline.

Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Russian RS-24 Yars ballistic missiles roll in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia

AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Seminar - Open to the Public

New START: The Future of Arms Control Diplomacy and U.S.-Russian Relations

Mon., May 3, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm


The extension of New START – the last remaining treaty limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear forces -- sustains verifiable limits on Russian nuclear weapons that can reach the United States for the next five years.  Can that time be used to negotiate a follow-on accord that serves both sides interests?  With the collapse of the INF Treaty following Russian cheating and U.S. withdrawal, what can be done to address threats to U.S. and Russian security posed by INF-range missiles?  What other key issues need to be addressed in strategic stability talks – with Russia, with China, or with others?  How can the world community best address the danger of nuclear proliferation – especially when ongoing nuclear modernization in all of the nuclear-armed states is adding to long-standing tensions between nuclear haves and have-nots?  Could the United States and Russia revive their past cooperation to control proliferation and prevent nuclear terrorism? Given the challenging relationship between Russia and the United States, Russia’s violations of some arms control agreements, its annexation of Crimea and military and cyber incursions and provocations along its border and beyond – and Russia’s equally long list of complaints about the United States – what might strategic arms diplomacy look like in the future? How can the proposed U.S.-Russia Summit advance arms control, nonproliferation, and a broader working relationship between the two countries?

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project (FDP) and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic (PETR) relationship for a conversation with former NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Matthew Bunn, and FDP Senior Fellows, Ambassadors Paula Dobriansky and Doug Lute, moderated by Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Project on Managing the Atom and by Russia Matters.

Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen

European External Action Service

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Conversation with Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen, EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Wed., Mar. 17, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm


Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen, EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, in conversation with Matthew Bunn, James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy.

Sponsored by the Project on Managing the Atom.

Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future World Order: Arms Control

Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm


The Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a discussion on the future of arms control, as part of a new HKS series on The Future World Order.  The participants will be Emma Belcher (Ploughshares Fund), Matthew Bunn (Belfer Center/Managing the Atom) and Steven E. Miller (Belfer Center/International Security Program).  Professor Stephen Walt (Belfer Center/ISP) will moderate.