14 Upcoming Events

Sir John Sawers at UN

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Seminar - Open to the Public

Intelligence and National Security Challenges in the 21st Century

Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye B, 5th Floor

In a conversation with Secretary Ash Carter and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Sir John Sawers, former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations will examine the state of intelligence and national security from his perspective as a former diplomat and chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Brexit's Impact on the Future of International Security: A conversation with Sir John Sawers

Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:15pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Sir John Sawers, former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will discuss the security implications of Brexit threats with Future of Diplomacy Project Faculty Director Ambassador Nick Burns.

 Capt Richard C. Zilmer leads his Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2/8 Marines ashore from the landing ship Saginaw (LST 1188) at the port of Beirut on 29 September 1982.

U.S. Navy

Seminar - Open to the Public

Reagan's Retreat: Lebanon and the Limits of U.S. Power, 1981–1985

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

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Alexandra Tejblum Evans, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

This presentation will evaluate U.S. policy toward Lebanon from 1981–1985, tracing the gradual expansion and rapid contraction of American efforts to stabilize a complex civil and regional conflict. By situating the United States' diplomatic and military interventions within a broader effort to strengthen American influence in the Middle East, it will demonstrate how the experience shaped the Reagan administration's perception of threat—and opportunity—in a moment of structural change. It will identify persistent barriers to U.S. interests in a vital region and shed light on how American leaders learn through crisis.

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

South China Sea claims map

VOA

Seminar - Open to the Public

Calculating Bully: Explaining Chinese Coercion

Thu., Mar. 8, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Ketian Zhang, Research Fellow, International Security Program

This seminar will zoom in on the temporal trends of Chinese coercion in the South China Sea as well as on one case, the 2012 Scarborough incident between China and the Philippines.

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