11 Upcoming Events

The Judge Film Poster

The Judge Film

Special Series - Open to the Public

The Judge – film and discussion

Mon., Oct. 22, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Harvard Law School

Location: Wasserstein Hall, Room 1019, Harvard Law School

Film screening of The Judge and discussion with the film’s Director, Erika Cohn, and Palestine legal historian Professor Elizabeth Brownson (University of Wisconsin Parkside), moderated by ILSP: LSC Faculty Director Professor Kristen Stilt.

Sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change as part of the Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in the Muslim World Film Series.

Co-Sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.

Dinner will be served.

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Benn Craig

Seminar - Open to the Public

Leadership in International Security and Energy Policy: Career Seminar with Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Thu., Oct. 25, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is now a Professor of Practice at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy (2014-2017), the White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control (2013-2014), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council (2009-2013), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia (1994-1996). She led the effort to denuclearize three former Soviet states, for which she was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distingished Public Service and the Nunn-Lugar Traiblazer Award.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Artificial Intelligence: The Profits and Perils for Military Operations and Decision Making

Thu., Oct. 25, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Lt. Col. Wes Adams, Research Fellow, International Security Program

In his research, Lt. Col. Adams investigates the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the future of military decision making. Since the dawn of recorded warfare, battlefield commanders sought greater speed and insight over their enemy, trying to reduce what Clausewitz would famously declare the "fog and friction" of war. Over time, myriad technologies offered promises of battlefield omniscience but failed. Will AI be the final technology to deliver on the promise, or the next failed attempt at clearing the fog?

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

Jake Sullivan


Seminar - Open to the Public

Jake Sullivan: Where are the Democrats Headed on Foreign Policy?

Tue., Oct. 30, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Democrats are not just debating Trump on foreign policy, they are debating each other on big questions - the size and posture of the US military, the role of human rights and democracy, the terms and purposes of future trade agreements, the shape of competition with China and Russia, and the fundamental issue of whether the US should continue to seek a global leadership role. How will this debate play out as we head toward 2020?

Professor Nicholas Burns will moderate the discussion. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

National Security Institutions and Interstate Crisis

Thu., Nov. 1, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Tyler Jost, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Cyber Security Project

Why do interstate crises occur? Existing scholarship posits that states use crises to reveal information about capabilities, resolve, and preferences. This book project instead argues that interstate crisis propensity is in part a function of the design of national security institutions, defined as the rules and procedures for deciding and executing national security strategy.

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

Vijayendra Rao — Deliberative inequality: a text-as-data study of Tamil Nadu's village assemblies

Fri., Nov. 2, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies - South Building, Room S153

The resurgence of deliberative institutions in the developing world has prompted a renewed interest in the dynamics of citizen engagement. Using text-as-data methods on an original corpus of village assembly transcripts from rural Tamil Nadu, India, this paper opens the "black box" of deliberation to examine the gendered and status-based patterns of influence. Drawing on normative theories of deliberation, this analysis identifies a set of clear empirical standards for “good” deliberation, based on an individual's ability both to speak and be heard, and uses natural language processing methods to generate these measures. The study first shows that these assemblies are not mere "talking shop" for state officials to bluster and read banal announcements, but rather, provide opportunities for citizens to challenge their elected officials, demand transparency, and provide information about authentic local development needs. Second, the study finds that across multiple measures of deliberative influence, women are at a disadvantage relative to men; women are less likely to speak, set the agenda, and receive a relevant response from state officials. Finally, the paper shows that although quotas for women on village councils have little impact on the likelihood that they speak, they do improve the likelihood that female citizens are heard. Read the full paper here.