13 Events

President Biden spoke with President Ghani on 14 April 2021, affirming U.S. support for continued development, humanitarian, and security assistance in Afghanistan and for a political settlement that lets the Afghan people live in peace.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

After Disengagement: U.S. Interests and the Future of Afghanistan

Thu., Apr. 29, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Online

Speakers: Laurel Miller, Director, Asia Program, International Crisis Group; William Ruger, Vice-President, Charles Koch Institute

President Biden has announced that U.S. combat forces will leave Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, ending America's longest war. What lies ahead? How will the end of America's military role affect conditions in Afghanistan, and what impact will this have on U.S. interests in the region and beyond?

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Please register before the event:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sdeqgpj4rGd0EAlEmMUutvJVQWARBB9xw 

U.S.-Sino Relations

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Seminar - Open to the Public

China, the United States, and the Future World Order

Mon., Dec. 14, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Online

Speakers: Thomas J. Christensen (Columbia University); Evelyn Goh (Australian National University); and Yasheng Huang (MIT Sloan School of Management).

The existing global political-economic order has been ruptured by the rise of China, a broad backlash against globalization, uncertainties about the U.S. commitment to a rules-based system, and most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. What form(s) might a future world order take, and what principles should guide efforts to construct it?

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register in advance for this meeting:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qd-mhrz0pE9K_7GElJAKyLNi5L7Y_WpcJ

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future World Order: Arms Control

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

Online

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.

The Republican Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, 22 Feb. 2010. The palace served as the headquarters of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and the Green Zone developed around it.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Follies and Fiascoes: Why Does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing?

Thu., Nov. 13, 2014 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The end of the Cold War left the United States in a remarkable position: It was far and away the world's most powerful country, and it was on good terms with most of the world's major powers. Despite these advantages, its foreign policy record since then is mostly one of disappointments and sometimes costly failures. These recurring follies are due in part to America's structural position in the international system, but they also reveal some recurring weaknesses in America's foreign policy establishment and its overall approach to foreign affairs.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Leaving Theory Behind: Why Too Much Hypothesis Testing is Bad for International Relations

Thu., Nov. 1, 2012 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Theory creating and hypothesis testing are both important elements of social science. Unfortunately, in recent years the balance between theory creation/refinement and the testing of empirical hypotheses has shifted sharply toward the latter. This trend is unfortunate, because insufficient attention to theory can lead to misspecified models and overreliance on misleading measures of key concepts. In addition, the poor quality of much of the data in IR makes it less likely that these efforts will produce useful cumulative knowledge.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Grabbing the Third Rail: Reflections on The Israel Lobby

Thu., Apr. 9, 2009 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy is one of the more controversial recent books in international affairs.  This seminar will discuss the book's main thesis, examine some of the critical responses to it, and consider how the debate on the "special relationship" between the United States and Israel has evolved over the past two years.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come-first served basis.