9 Upcoming Events

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


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.


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.