31 Upcoming Events

2016 New Year's Day Flag-Raising Ceremony held in the United States by a Taiwanese group, 1 January 2016.

Public Domain/VOA Zhong Chenfang

Seminar - Open to the Public

Exploitative Friendships: The Origin of Variation in Junior Partner Alliance Behavior

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Mayumi Fukushima,  International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom Postdoctoral Fellow

This seminar offers a new realist theory about what causes the differences among junior allies and should be able to contribute to current scholarly debates over whether the United States should strengthen its security commitments to its allies in different regions — and help answer critical policy questions such as: Should the United States maintain its strategic ambiguity with regard to Taiwan, and if the United States were to end some of its legacy alliances, where could it start retrenching safely without causing instability?

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:

Workers disinfect the grounds at the Grand Mosque to help protect against the coronavirus in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Seminar - Open to the Public

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Muslim World

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Dr. Kadir Yildirim will discuss his recent research on Muslim responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic affected religious practice and religiosity in parts of the Muslim world. In discussion with event moderator MEI Faculty Director, Professor Tarek Masoud, Dr. Yildirim will outline key findings from an online public opinion survey conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia and review the social and political implications of the pandemic. 

Dr. Yildirim is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. His main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East, and Turkish politics.

Dr. Yildirim is the author of two books: "Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation" (2015) and a forthcoming book, "The Politics of Religious Party Change: Islamist and Catholic Parties in Comparative Perspective," for which he received a Smith Richardson Foundation’s prestigious Strategy & Policy Fellows grant.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. Yildirim received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

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

Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of The CHIPS and Science Act

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 - Thu., Nov. 10, 2022


Join Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project for a timely study group: "Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of The CHIPS and Science Act." 

This six-session series, conducted by Doug Calidas, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, will explore the origins of The CHIPS and Science Act, focusing on the competing policy priorities its authors sought to advance. It will also dive into long-term impact of the law and a discussion of possible actions that future congresses may consider taking to advance American leadership in high-tech manufacturing and scientific research.

The study group will meet every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00pm ET from October 6 - November 10, 2022. The first session will be conducted in person, with following sessions conducted remotely. More details to be confirmed with registered participants.

Registration is required to attend the study group; see details below. You must be a Harvard affiliate to attend.

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

"The Gulf Moment" - Study Group with Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

The six Arab Gulf states of Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are taking the lead, influencing events, assuming greater responsibilities, projecting socioeconomic confidence, and becoming increasingly conscious of their newly acquired status as regional power that far transcends the rest of the Arab countries. This is their moment in contemporary Arab history. Most likely, this unique moment is here to stay for years to come.

This study group will examine the many aspects of the Gulf Moment, the challenges it faces and its future unfolding. It also introduces the concept of the Khaleeji State as a new analytical framework to study contemporary Arab Gulf States.


Tues, October 11 - Session 1
Introducing the Gulf Moment: The Harvard Version. Is there such a thing as the Gulf Moment in Contemporary Arab History?

Tuesday, October 18 - Session 2
The Gulf Moment and the UAE Momentum? What are the 3Cs driving the rise of the UAE as a regional power?

Tuesday, November 1 - Session 3
The 2Ds of the Gulf Momentum? What are they?

Tuesday, November 15 - Session 4
What are the key challenges facing the Gulf Momentum and how resilient is the GCC in light of the Gulf Rift?

Tuesday, November 29th - Session 5
Theorizing the Gulf Moment and introducing the KHALEEJI State concept? Is it time to put the rentier state paradigm to rest?


Convening - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Pizza and Pints with the NSFs

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

This session's topic - meet the NSFs!

In this session, featured NSFs and attendees will discuss what it's like to serve as an active duty member of the military or a civilian public servant, both professionally and personally.

There will also be pizza and beer!

Attendance is limited - you will be notified via email before the event whether your attendance is confirmed.

In addition to the robust speaker series, the Belfer Center National Security Fellows will also host off-record “Ask Me Anything” sessions as part of their “For the Common Defense” year-long initiative.   

The AMA sessions will cover a broad range of relevant Defense and National Security related topics. These topics are chosen based on interests of the National Security Fellows and suggestions from the broader Harvard community. The purpose of these sessions is to minimize the information gap between civilians and military personnel through candid, off-record, informal conversations.

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

The Challenges of Negotiating for Humanity in the XXI Century Study Group

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 - Tue., Nov. 29, 2022

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Over the course of four sessions, a study group led by Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Elayne Whyte, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United Nations (2014-2020) and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002), will examine one of the most compelling challenges of diplomacy in the XXI century: how to negotiate effective and innovative agreements addressing the global problems facing humanity today that are of transnational nature and affect humanity as a whole, both current and future generations.

The readings and discussions of this study group will seek to identify the theoretical, ethical and political underpinnings of the concept “negotiating for humanity.” It will also review experiences of negotiating around global challenges that go beyond competing national interests, transcend boundaries, affect current and future generations alike and pertain to global commons. Furthermore, these challenges constitute problems that cannot be addressed by governments alone or by one single state or institution.

Whilst the practice of diplomatic negotiations was established to secure the interests of the nation-state, the interconnected and interdependent society of the XXI century demands policy responses that transcend the interests and capabilities of individual or groups of states to protect the global commons, generate global public goods and address humanity’s challenges.

Contemporary negotiations need to address global health, inequality, and the protection of our global natural commons (oceans, ozone layer, the planet’s biodiversity, among others) for current and future generations. There are also pressing demands to tackle the existential threats that climate change or weapons of mass destruction pose to human civilization. Increased cooperation is also required to face global health risks, ocean pollution, human rights challenges posed by emerging technologies or other problems of systemic nature, such as the shortcomings of the multilateral system

Reflecting this paradigm shift in 2015 the United Nations agreed upon an “agenda for people, planet and prosperity”: the Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2021, the Secretary General presented a new deal to deliver global public goods and address humanity’s major risks, as part of the proposals to advance a common global agenda for the future. This represents a new comprehensive, systemic approach to the international agenda, in the context of the deep systemic impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine.

Being able to identify approaches that can be used in negotiations for humanity, the study group seeks to contribute to emerging issues of global debate, such as human migration, inequality, ocean pollution, outer space navigation and cleanup of orbit debris, the human rights protection challenges stemming from emerging technologies or the creation of an effective regime to deal with pandemics.

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Classless Politics: Islamist Movements, the Left, and Authoritarian Legacies in Egypt" with Hesham Sallam

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Dr. Sallam will discuss the counterintuitive relationship between neoliberal economics and Islamist politics in Egypt that sheds new light on the worldwide trend of “more identity, less class.” This talk will examine why Islamist movements have gained support at the expense of the left, even amid conflicts over the costs of economic reforms.

Image of the National Congress of Brazil in 1964 and a Protest in 2022

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Seminar - Open to the Public

Brazilian Democracy Under Attack: 1964 and 2022

Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies for a discussion on the state of Brazilian democracy with James Green, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of Modern Latin American History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies; Director of the Brazil Initiative, Brown University; Rodrigo Patto Sá Motta, Full Professor of Brazilian History, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto, Adjunct Professor, University of Brasilia (UnB); moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, David and Peggy Rockefeller Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

In 1964, a military coup d’Etat, supported by sectors of civil society, inaugurated two decades of dictatorship in Brazil. In 2022, a right-wing government works to undermine democratic institutions and find justification for another period of authoritarianism. There is much in common in the political rhetoric used to attack democracy in both periods: antidemocratic forces speak of political corruption, an alleged communist threat, the need to defend religious and moral values, etc. But the two historical moments are also in sharp contrast to each other. The purpose of this panel is to explore similarities and differences between 1964 and 2022 while history unfolds and we witness whether Brazilian democracy will be able to avert –this time—a new moment of peril.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

AI Cyber Lunch: Ifeoma Ajunwa on "The Quantified Worker"

Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Join the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program for an AI Cyber Lunch Seminar featuring Ifeoma Ajunwa, Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Drawing from her forthcoming book, The Quantified Worker, Ajunwa will discuss the role of technology in the workplace and its effects on management practices as moderated by employment law.

Q&A to follow. Buffet-style lunch will be served.

Registration: In-person attendance is limited to current Harvard ID holders. No RSVP is required. Room capacity is limited and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Members of the public are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. 

Recording: Please be advised that this seminar will not be recorded.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Protestor in mask holding sign 'There is No Planet B'


Seminar - Open to the Public

Road to COP27: African Priorities and Goals in Global Climate Negotiations

Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Rubenstein Building - Room 414 A/B

Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Fall 2022, Africa in Focus: African Agency in International Climate Policy and Energy Geopolitics. This series centers African voices in discussing the causes, consequences, and policy solutions for global climate change. 

This event will examine African states priorities and goals in the lead-up to COP27 with a focus, amongst others, on the status of NDC, climate financing, and the role of non-governmental actors in assisting states with their negotiation strategies and the eventual implementation of climate agreements.   

Registration: This event is hybrid and open to the public. RSVP is required.

Speaker: Alice Ruhweza, Africa Region Director for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) 

Moderator: Salina Abraham, Global Landscape Forum Africa Regional Manager, Harvard Kennedy School MPP Candidate