6 Upcoming Events

The USS John S. McCain conducts a routine patrol in the South China Sea, Jan. 22, 2017. The guided-missile destroyer is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

U.S. Navy

Seminar - Open to the Public

China, the U.S., and East Asia's Maritime Disputes

Tue., Mar. 27, 2018 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - Room K262

Speakers: Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of the Board and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; U.S. Director of National Intelligence (2009–2010); Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (1999–2002); Taylor Fravel, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

In this panel, Taylor Fravel will provide an overview of China’s strategies in East and South China Sea maritime disputes with Japan and Southeast Asian countries, and offer a perspective on explaining them. Admiral Dennis Blair will examine the U.S. strategy and maritime interests in the Asia-Pacific region, and recent responses to China’s strategies.

Co-sponsored by the International Security Program  and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

In this March 1, 2016, file photo, a Russian soldier keeps watch as local residents receive humanitarian aid in the Syrian village of Ghunaymiyah, about 15 kilometers from the Turkish border.

AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Seminar - Open to the Public

Challenges of Humanitarian Access in Syria’s De-Escalation Zones: Student Report Back on Humanitarian Negotiation in the Middle East

Wed., Mar. 28, 2018 | 11:40am - 1:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102

Students from Middle East Initiative-supported J-Term Middle East Field Study Course on Humanitarian Negotiations on the Frontlines (IGA-353M) present their findings and reflect on their experiences investigating humanitarian access and protection issues within 'De-Escalation Zones' in Syria.

Moderated by Claude Bruderlein, MEI Faculty Affiliate; Strategic Advisor to the President, International Committee for the Red Cross; and Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the program on Advanced Training in Humanitarian Action.

Azadi Tower, Azadi Square, Meydea-e Azadi, Meydan-e Shahyad, Tehran province, Iran Flag colors

Creative Commons/Mahdi Kalhor

Seminar - Open to the Public

Iranian Grand Strategy: Deterring and Contesting the American Hegemon since 1979

Thu., Mar. 29, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Mahsa Rouhi, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Theories of grand strategy tend to focus on major powers. This seminar sheds light on the grand strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a regional power. It explores the principles of Iranian grand strategy, whether explicitly stated or implicit in its national policies. The speaker will provide an analysis that lays out the grand strategy, its elements, and how it provides a framework to guide all Iranian foreign policy. Since 1979, Iran has calibrated its strategy to deter the United States while striving for regional power and influence. Iran seeks to achieve its objectives through non-alliance with major powers and unconventional means such as support for non-state actors. The presentation will focus on Iran’s nuclear program as a case study of how Iran implements its strategy.

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

Co-Sponsored by Project on Managing the Atom


Seminar - Open to the Public

Solving the Jurisdictional Conundrum: The Use of Domestic Civil Courts to Disrupt Overseas Illicit Procurement

Wed., Apr. 4, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Aaron Arnold, Associate Project on Managing the Atom; Assistant Professor at Curry College

Over the past two decades, the United States has increasingly turned to targeted sanctions and export restrictions, such as those imposed against Iran and North Korea, in order to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). One vexing problem, however, is how to contend with jurisdictional hurdles when the violations occur overseas, in countries that are unable or unwilling to assist US enforcement efforts. To solve this problem, US prosecutors are turning to strategies with significant extraterritorial implications— that is, exercising legal authority beyond national borders. One such tool is to use civil legal procedures to seize assets linked to sanctions or export control violations in jurisdictions that lack cooperative arrangement with US enforcement agencies. While this may be an attractive strategy to bolster enforcement efforts against overseas illicit procurement such tools are not without consequence.

Hack the Pentagon

Department of Defense

Seminar - Open to the Public

"From Hack the Pentagon to Mainstream: why vulnerability disclosure programs and bug bounties are now in most sectors."

Wed., Apr. 18, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

1 Brattle Square - Suite 470

Lisa Wiswell (Principal at GRIMM and advisor to HackerOne) and Alex Rice (founder and chief technology officer at HackerOne) will reflect on their public and private sector experience setting up the Hack the Pentagon bug bounty program.


*Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.