40 Events

Ukrainian nationals in Taiwan and supporters protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Ukraine Today, Taiwan Tomorrow?

Mon., May 2, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

As the world closely watches the war in Ukraine, the question of whether or not Taiwan could be the next location of a similar attack has risen throughout policy and academic circles. Even though China has publicly stated that Ukraine and Taiwan are completely different circumstances, are there parallels or indications that Beijing is altering its strategy towards Taiwan? Furthermore, are there critical lessons that can be learned which will bolster Taiwan's defense? Please join the Defense Project and the Taiwan Workshop at the Fairbank Center for a conversation on these topics led by Steven Goldstein, former Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College, Associate of the Fairbank Center and director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University.

This discussion will be moderated by Chris Li, Director of Research at the Asia-Pacific Initiative, and Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

General Jacqueline Van Ovost takes command of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) on Oct 15, 2021. General Van Ovost is the first female commander of USTRANSCOM.

Air Force Magazine

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Conversation with Four-Star General Jacqueline Van Ovost

Wed., Apr. 6, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Please join the Defense Project and the Women of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) in a cohosted discussion with General Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander, US Transportation Command.  General Van Ovost will begin her discussion by sharing her journey, focusing specifically on how she has maintained her values over the course of her career.  She will then transition to a moderated discussion on US Transportation Command's role in national security, defense, and strategic competition, and the implications of national policy on the Command’s ability to support our national objectives. This session will be moderated by HKS MPP Candidate, Bethan Saunders. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Future of the European Security Environment

Tue., Mar. 8, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has drawn international attention to the current European security environment as the world awaits Russia's next steps and the future of Ukraine.  As we consider Russia's next steps, we must also consider what the future security environment in Europe entails and the impact the invasion will have on the international community.  Are the sanctions and actions of the international community enough to prevent Russia from seizing Ukraine?  What are further potential options for NATO or the international community to deter Russian aggression and what does the future of NATO look like?  What potential impacts does Russia's actions have on the future security environment?   

Please join the Defense Project for a discussion moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government with General (ret) Curtis Scaparrotti, Former Commander, US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO, who will discuss the current situation in Ukraine, what some of the potential options are to prevent further Russian aggression, and the implications the invasion will have on the future of the European security environment and NATO.

Seminar - Open to the Public

CANCELLED: Russia's Actions and the Future of European Security Environment

Thu., Mar. 3, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

The evolving situation between the Ukraine and Russia is drawing focused attention to the current European security environment as the world awaits Russia's next steps.  As we consider what those options are, we also must consider what the future security environment in Europe looks like.  What are potential options for NATO to deter Russian aggression and what does the future of NATO look like?  What potential impacts does Russia's actions have on the future security environment?  

Please join the Defense Project in a discussion moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and  General Christopher G. Cavoli, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and Africa.  General Cavoli is a Foreign Area Officer with a concentration on Eurasia and European Security Studies.  He will discuss European security, the current situation involving the Ukraine and Russia, and NATO. 

For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected, you will receive a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

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Map of known Russian strikes and ground attacks in Ukraine as of February 25, 5pm Eastern Time.

AP

Seminar - Open to the Public

Ukraine Update: Assessing the Military Situation and What's Next

Wed., Mar. 2, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Online

As the battle for Ukraine intensifies, questions abound over the reality on the ground and the long-term implications for Ukraine, Europe, and NATO. Join the Intelligence Project for a pop-up session providing a military, historical, and intelligence perspective on the rapidly-evolving Russian invasion of Ukraine. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate a discussion with Retired Brigadier General and current Senior Fellow Kevin Ryan, Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute Director Serhii Plokhii, and CNA Director of Russian Studies Michael Kofman. The panelists will analyze the current situation in Ukraine from a military and diplomatic perspective, what's next, and the options open to the United States and Europe to respond to Russian aggression.

This event will be virtual and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SVmdwALhQPC4rNwoyoro8g.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Sean McFate: The New Rules of War

Wed., Feb. 23, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Some of the principles of warfare are ancient, others are new, but all described in The New Rules of War will permanently shape war now and in the future. By following them Sean McFate argues, we can prevail. But if we do not, terrorists, rogue states, and others who do not fight conventionally will succeed—and rule the world. 

​​War is timeless. Some things change—weapons, tactics, technology, leadership, objectives—but our desire to go into battle does not. We are living in the age of Durable Disorder—a period of unrest created by numerous factors: China’s rise, Russia’s resurgence, America’s retreat, global terrorism, international criminal empires, climate change, dwindling natural resources, and bloody civil wars. 

This devastating turmoil has given rise to difficult questions. What is the future of war? How can we survive? If Americans are drawn into major armed conflict, can we win?  Please join the Defense and Intelligence projects for a discussion with McFate on these issues, moderated by Intelligence Project Director, Paul Kolbe.  

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Armored vehicles fire during Belarusian and Russian joint military drills at Brestsky firing range, Belarus, February 4, 2022.

Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File

Seminar - Open to the Public

Snap Call: If Russia Invades Ukraine, What Happens Next?

Wed., Feb. 16, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

A recording of this event is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0FNYuKmFY0.

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Major attention is being paid to if, when, and how a Russian invasion might take place, but there is need for more consideration of: then what? What would it mean for U.S. defense and intelligence programs and strategy going forward? What is Russia likely to do with Ukraine after occupying it? What are potentially unexpected or unanticipated consequences?

Join the Honorable Jim Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, and Beth E. Sanner, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration and presidential daily briefer, in conversation with Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe on these long-term questions relating to the rapidly-evolving Ukraine situation. This event is open to the public and registration is required. Content cannot be attributed to a speaker without obtaining permission. To register, go to: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B6fcpA_fR1mjowRIGLQ2mw.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Defense Acquisition in a Competitive Era

Tue., Feb. 8, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

The current international order is being challenged and the US must prioritize where and how they focus on innovative acquisition, build a resilient Defense Industrial Base, increase weapon system mission capability while reducing operating costs, and promote acquisition and sustainment initiatives with key international partners.  

Please join the Defense Project and the Women of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) in a cohosted discussion with the Honorable Ellen Lord, the Former Undersecretary of Acquisition and Sustainment at the U.S. Department of Defense.  In this position, Ms. Lord was responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the Defense Industrial Base.  She also chaired the Warfighter Senior Integration Group, where she was directly responsible for delivery of equipment, funding, sustainment, contracts, and legal support to combatant commands and their warfighters outside the normal DoD system.  

Ms. Lord will share some of the lessons learned for future implementation of the Warfighter Senior Integration Group, discuss the future of defense acquisition, defense technology investment prioritization and acquisition with the Defense Industrial Base to ensure the US stays competitive in the current challenging environment, her experiences transitioning from industry to DoD, managing large mission-oriented organizations, and relations with key international partners.

For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected, you will receive a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

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Russian soldiers take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo)

AP

Seminar - Open to the Public

Ukraine and Russia on the Brink

Wed., Feb. 2, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Online

As Russian troops continue to build up near the Ukrainian border amid rising tensions and stalled negotiations between Russia and the U.S., military action by Russia in Ukraine looks increasingly likely. Policymakers, military officials, and journalists are openly discussing the potential for an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

What are likely scenarios in the days and weeks ahead, and what are the military and diplomatic options available for Ukraine, NATO, and U.S. policymakers and military officials seeking to contain Russian aggression?

Join the Intelligence Project and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies for a discussion on these key questions with Retired Brigadier General and current Senior Fellow Kevin Ryan, Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Alexandra Vacroux, and Senior Fellow and New York Times senior writer David Sanger. The discussion will be moderated by Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe.

This virtual event is open to the public. Registration is required. To join via Zoom, please register at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eD9_xhbmSIabfgRM5yXwmw.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The U.S.-China Strategic Competition: Beyond the Rhetoric

Tue., Jan. 25, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

Please join the Defense Project for a conversation with LTG (ret.) Charles Hooper Former Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and Former Defense Attache in Beijing. In this session, Hooper will speak about his perspectives on U.S.-China Strategic Competition. He will argue that despite the incendiary language emanating from all sides of the U.S. political spectrum, as well as from China, we must analyze the U.S.-China rivalry rationally, factually, and dispassionately.  The stakes are too high for heated political rhetoric to shape our decision-making.