5 Events

Map of the Earth that shows both Africa and the Arctic

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

Africa + the Arctic: From the Margins to the Center

Tue., Apr. 16, 2024 | 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

What do Africa and the Arctic have in common? Join the Belfer Center’s Africa Futures Project and the Arctic Initiative for an interactive discussion and community networking event that will explore parallels between these seemingly disparate regions.

Drs. Zoe Marks and Jennifer Spence will provide an overview of shared dynamics in both regions, including great power competition, extractive industries, and the energy transition. The remarks will lay the foundation for small group discussion on other misconceptions, commonalities, and cautionary tales. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with Harvard's Africa and Arctic networks and insights generated from their discussions that will inform topics for future Africa + Arctic dialogues.

Refreshments will be served. 

Dr. Zoe Marks is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Chair of the Africa Futures Project.

Dr. Jennifer Spence is the Project Director of the Arctic Initiative

Rama Yade & African Futures Project Team

Belfer Center

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

A Shifting Landscape: Reflections on Africa's Youth Potential and Engagement with the U.S. and France

Tue., Nov. 28, 2023 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 401

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for its Fall 2023 discussion series—Africa in Focus: Reframing U.S.-Africa Policy.

Following the announcement of a new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of this discussion series is to take stock of U.S.-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the U.S. strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of U.S. engagement on the continent.

Chidi Blyden & The African Futures Project Team

Belfer Center

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

Security, Stability, and Economic Growth: A Holistic US Approach to Africa

Fri., Nov. 17, 2023 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for its Fall 2023 discussion series -- Africa in Focus: Reframing U.S.-Africa Policy.

Following the announcement of a new US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second US-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of this discussion series is to take stock of US-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the US strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of US engagement on the continent.

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Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Africa in Focus: Coups and Civil-Military Relations in West Africa

Tue., Apr. 12, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online

About the Series: Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2022 to examine the factors driving recent political transitions as well as geostrategic relations in Africa.  This discussion series will focus on political processes and competition, civil society demands, civil-military relations, and the recent rise in coup d’états, particularly in West African countries, Sudan, and Ethiopia.  We will also consider the challenges facing African governments and the African Union in coordinating an African foreign policy, highlighting relationships with the US and China, among other actors.

This session will focus on coup d’états, civil-military relations, and political transitions in West Africa with speakers Dr. Naila Salihu, Program and Research officer at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Dr. Joseph Sany, Vice President of the Africa Center at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and moderated by Dr. Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Homes stand densely packed at the Martissant neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021.

(AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Seminar - Open to the Public

HKS Black Student Union and Belfer Center | Haiti on the Global Stage

Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Online

The HKS Black Student Union and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs are co-hosting a series of conversations on Haiti. In light of recent events surrounding Haiti, Haitian refugees, and the broader Haitian diaspora, we think it is an important time to look anew at the history and narrative of the country, its relationship to the U.S. and other global powers, and how the Haitian diaspora sees its role in the path forward. The first conversation will be focused on unpacking Haiti's story and its relationship to the U.S. The event will be moderated by Professor Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Note: 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.