3 Upcoming Events

President-elect of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Bolsonaro's Brazil: What Happened and What Will Happen?

Mon., Nov. 19, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

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

Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2006-2009, will discuss the recent elections in Brazil with Professor Nicholas Burns.

RSVP required. Open to Harvard faculty, fellows, staff, and students. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Book cover: The Empty Throne


Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Talk: The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

Tue., Nov. 20, 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

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

The Empty Throne is an inside portrait of the greatest lurch in US foreign policy since the decision to retreat back into Fortress America after World War I. The whipsawing of US policy has upended all that America's postwar leadership created-strong security alliances, free and open markets, an unquestioned commitment to democracy and human rights. Impulsive, theatrical, ill-informed, backward-looking, bullying, and reckless are the qualities that the American president brings to the table, when he shows up at all. The world has had to absorb the spectacle of an America unmaking the world it made, and the consequences will be with us for years to come.

Dr. Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization in the United Kingdom, addresses the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism's first session — Understanding Violent Extremism Today — at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2015.

State Department/ Public Domain

Seminar - Open to the Public

Countering Violent Extremism: A Quest for Legitimacy and Effectiveness

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

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Anina Schwarzenbach, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

In the face of the increased number of individuals adhering to extremist ideologies in modern democratic states, governments have augmented the amount of public money spent on counter violent extremism strategies and programs. Despite this fact, systematic analyses of currently implemented strategies and programs are surprisingly sparse.

This seminar will discuss — by focusing on Germany, France, and the United States — which governmental approaches are most appropriate to counter violent extremism and what ought to be expected from the strategies and programs in terms of legitimacy and effectiveness.

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