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A Ground-Based Interceptor missile launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Sept. 12, 2021.

AP/Matt Hartman

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Eternal Promise of Missile Defense

Thu., Mar. 21, 2024 | 12:15pm - 1:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Sanne Verschuren, Assistant Professor of International Security, The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Despite nearly seventy years of research and development in the United States, missile defense continues to face high, if not insurmountable, technological challenges, is financially burdensome, and has resulted in negative outcomes for strategic stability. Hence, the speaker asks: What explains the continued and widespread support for missile defense among U.S. policymakers? Contrary to arguments about American cultural features, public appeal, and organizational politics, she examines two conditions that can explain the persistence of missile defense: technological malleability and patterns of ignorance.

Open to Harvard ID Holders Only: Admittance will be on a first come–first served basis. Coffee &Tea Provided.

Tactical High Energy Laser / Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator, 20 August 2005

U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command

Seminar - Open to the Public

Imagining the Unimaginable: War, Weapons, and Procurement Politics

Thu., Oct. 22, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Sanne Verschuren, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Rather than assuming convergence in countries' military capabilities, this seminar examines why and how countries decide to develop different weapon capabilities within similar domains of warfare. To answer these questions, this seminar will explore the role of ideas and institutional bargaining in shaping decisions about military technology. This talk will subsequently apply the theory to the development of missile defense in the post–Cold War period.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register in advance for this meeting: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcOmtqD0jE9R3_UZriEHVVRxUjR8q8HZs