18 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Frank Geels on “Understanding and Shaping the Dynamics of Low-Carbon Transitions”

Mon., Sep. 20, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Join us for the first Energy Policy Seminar of the 2021 Fall Semester featuring Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, at the University of Manchester. Professor Geels will present "Understanding and Shaping the Dynamics of Low-Carbon Transitions: Insights and examples from socio-technical transitions research." HKS Professor William Clark will moderate the discussion and Q&A.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch via the EPSS homepage.

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Seminar - Harvard Students

The Coming AI Hackers

Tue., Sep. 21, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Join the Cyber Project with Bruce Schneier as he discusses his paper, The Coming AI Hackers:  Bruce Schneier warns that artificial intelligence will eventually find vulnerabilities in all sorts of social, economic, and political systems, and then exploit them at unprecedented speed, scale, and scope. After hacking humanity, AI systems will then hack other AI systems, and humans will be little more than collateral damage.

This event will be held at One Brattle, Suite 470 and will be capped at 15 students per COVID guidelines.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Gulf and a World in Transition: A Conversation with Bahraini Ambassador to the US Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project for a conversation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, on Wednesday, September 22 in the Alison Dining Room or via Zoom. Topics will include the history and current status of the Abraham Accords, the landmark establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the UAE with the State of Israel. The Ambassador will also discuss the impact on Bahrain and the Gulf of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and will provide a perspective on the most significant security challenges faced by Bahrain, to include views of Covid, Climate Change, and the roles and influence in the Gulf of Iran, Russia, China, and Turkey.

This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here: https://forms.gle/daNaE2m51qpXeWA66 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, right, and Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino, the Pacific Fleet commander, watch live-fire demonstrations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex during RIMPAC 2020, Aug. 26, 2020.

U.S. Navy Photo/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Luke McGovern

Seminar - Open to the Public

Returning to Rimland Containment? Historicizing Current American Policies in the Asia-Pacific

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Mesrob Vartavarian, Fellow, Harvard University Asia Center

The recent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has raised a host of questions regarding America's future strategic direction and geopolitical policies. This seminar argues that President Biden's hard pivot to Asia can potentially succeed in curbing China's revisionist aspirations if it takes the needs and distinct historical trajectories of America's Asia-Pacific alliance partners into account. It uses Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines as case studies.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocO6vrzspG9PQ2WLcKxrXmgG52yENsVyk 

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Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Fall Semester 2021 Intelligence Study Group

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 - Wed., Dec. 1, 2021

The Intelligence Study Group is designed for students considering careers in government or private sector intelligence, as well as for those interested in a broad introduction to the use and abuse of intelligence. Over the course of 10 sessions, participants will become familiar with intelligence history, methodology, organizations and practice.

The Study Group will use historical examples (‘Applied History’), current readings, and discussion to examine how intelligence enhances policy decision-making, where it fails, and the differences between intelligence in liberal democracies and one-party states. The sessions will be led by former senior CIA officer Paul Kolbe, Director of the Belfer Center Intelligence Project, and intelligence historian, Calder Walton, Belfer Intelligence Project Director of Research, and Michael Miner, Intelligence Project Research Associate and Harvard Instructor. 

Participation is limited to 30 students and is determined by application.

Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project: Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 23rd at Felipe's Taqueria from 5 - 7pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Drinks and snacks provided.

Flags of Afghanistan and NATO

NATO

Seminar - Open to the Public

The European Reaction to the Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online

The U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has spurred European anxiety and frustration. It has also reignited a long-standing debate over European strategic autonomy, notably in the field of security and defence. Please join the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a seminar with Joe Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, and Nathalie Tocci, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, moderated by Karl Kaiser, Fellow with the Project on Europe, to discuss whether Afghanistan truly marks the end of the honeymoon between Europe and the Biden administration and what lies behind the European critique of US foreign policy. It will also explore whether Afghanistan will represent a genuine turning point in European ambitions to assume greater responsibility and risk on security and defence, the obstacles that persist, and the implications this may have on the future of the transatlantic relationship.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: Wake Smith on “After Net Zero”

Mon., Sep. 27, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Join us for the next Energy Policy Seminar featuring Wake Smith, Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and Lecturer, Yale College. He will present "After Net Zero".

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch via the EPSS homepage.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Intelligence Project Series: Russia’s New Army

Wed., Sep. 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Russia has transformed its military from one based on conscription and mass mobilization to one that is “professional” with ready active-duty forces that field more maneuver units than the US. With new weapons designed to asymmetrically counter US advantages, a “hybrid” war capability that has been employed in the Crimea and Ukraine, and increased use of private military organizations such as the Wagner Group, Russia poses a complex and formidable military challenge.

This discussion with Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan, the founding director of Belfer’s Defense and Intelligence Project and the Elbe Group, will provide a fascinating and important look at the current state of the Russian Armed Forces. The session will weave current video clips of Russian maneuvers and training together with facts and insights obtained by personal contact with Russian active duty and retired officers.  Ryan served as the U.S. Defense Attache in Moscow, and has been working on the Soviet and Russian military since 1980.  In February, he led a group of retired military experts in delivering a month-long course on the Russian military for the US Army Europe and Africa Command.

This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/YoewT5x5cpU9z4bA6 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Can the Future of Jihadism be Predicted?

Thu., Sep. 30, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

Why is jihadism so difficult to predict, and what, if anything, can social scientists hold on to as reliable indicators and frameworks for estimating its future? In this talk, Dr. Thomas Hegghammer, a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo, will review the forty-year history of scholarly prediction attempts, reflect on his own misjudgments, and draw up tentative - and likely wrong - scenarios for the coming years.