19 Upcoming Events

People holding "Refugees Welcome" sign in Germany

DW News / Bockwoldt

Seminar - Open to the Public

Migration Debates in Germany: Where Are We Headed and What Should We Do?

Tue., Mar. 26, 2019 | 4:30am - 6:00pm

Center for European Studies

Debates on migration in Germany are older than the Federal Republic itself. Recent debates evolve around whether a new immigration law is needed and what it should look like to meet the country's needs for skilled migrants.

The so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015 led to the omnipresence of the topic of migration in the political debate, not least because the newly elected right-wing party as well as other politicians have taken controversial positions in the discussion. Seeing itself under increased external pressure, the German government presented a draft for a new law on labor migration in 2018.

Hosted by the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Location: Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall 

Study Group - Open to the Public

Digital Economy Study Group

Wed., Mar. 27, 2019 | 4:15pm

AI, robotics, digital platforms, and other technologies are reshaping our economies, societies, and the nature of work. Will new technologies lead to increased unemployment? Does automation make rising inequality economy? How should we regulate competition in a seemingly winner-take-all digital economy? Will different approaches to privacy and data balkanize the internet?  (study group is currently full for spring 2019)

 Mother Of All Battles Mosque secured by 1-15th Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade 3rd Infantry Division on 13 April 2003 in North Western Baghdad.

DoD/SGT Igor Paustovski

Seminar - Open to the Public

Desert Shield of the Republic? Realism and the Middle East

Mon., Apr. 1, 2019 | 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Speaker: Patrick Porter, Professor of International Security and Strategy, University of Birmingham

How should political realists view the United States' role in the Middle East? Political realists disagree on what America should "do" and "be" in the Middle East. They are united in their scepticism towards extravagant geopolitical projects such as the "Global War on Terror" and attempts to transform the region along democratic, capitalist lines. Yet they divide over other fundamental questions: how important is the Middle East to U.S. national interests? Is America's patronage of Israel and the Saudi bloc prudent? What military posture is needed, if any, and for what purpose? This seminar offers a genealogy of these intramural arguments within realism, in order to surface the disagreements and evaluate the choices they offer. The speaker identifies two strands: "primacy" realism, that advocates continued pursuit of hegemony with the United States as an effective stabilizer, and "shield of the republic" realism, which views the region as an unruly place that both entangles and corrupts the republic, involving interests that are either manageable from a remove or only generated by being there in the first place. The speaker makes the case for the second tradition, arguing that the time for abandonment has come.

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

This seminar is being held under the auspices of the joint HKS/MIT Program on Strategy, Security, and Statecraft.