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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Mark Pascale Named Director of Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center

| May 5, 2023

Cambridge, MA – Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is pleased to announce that Mark Pascale will be the new Director of the Center’s Intelligence Project. As Director, Pascale will succeed former Director Paul Kolbe as the senior mentor of the Recanati-Kaplan Fellows and lead the work of the Center to advance policy-relevant knowledge in intelligence areas and help prepare future leaders. He will begin the position in July.

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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Arctic Initiative Response: Priorities for Norway’s Chairship of the Arctic Council

| Mar. 31, 2023

On March 31 at the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska, the government of Norway presented its program for Norway’s upcoming Chairship of the Arctic Council. In response, John Holdren, Co-Director of the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, issued the following statement of support.

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Harvard Students Visit West Virginia to Listen and Learn About Coalfield Transition

Mar. 29, 2023

 The Future of Coal Regions Study Group, co-sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Wiener Center's Reimagining the Economy Project, will travel to coalfield regions in West Virginia on a trek led by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Resident Fellow 2022 and former West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Riikka Karppinen Joins Arctic Initiative’s International Advisory Board

| Feb. 21, 2023

Riikka Karppinen, a prominent youth leader, environmental activist, and politician from Finnish Lapland, has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of Harvard Kennedy School’s Arctic Initiative. As a Board member, Karppinen will leverage her substantial expertise in nature conservation, policymaking, activism, and communication to help the Arctic Initiative advance its research and education goals and train the next generation of interdisciplinary Arctic experts and leaders.

An oil tanker is moored at the Sheskharis complex, part of Chernomortransneft JSC, a subsidiary of Transneft PJSC, in Novorossiysk, Russia,

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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Price Cap on Russian Oil a ‘Novel Approach to Sanctions’, Says New Policy Brief

| Dec. 05, 2022

The price cap on Russian oil implemented today by the G7 countries plus Australia represents a novel approach to sanctions, according to a policy brief authored by Catherine Wolfram, Simon Johnson, and Łukasz Rachel and released today by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. 

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Press Release - University of California Berkeley

New Study Examines Drivers of Government Investment in Energy Innovation

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  • Mathew Burciaga
| Sep. 12, 2022

New forms of international cooperation and technology competition with China are the main drivers of public investment in energy innovation, though it remains insufficient to help meet climate goals.

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‘ColdHubs’ Enterprise Wins Harvard’s Roy Award for Environmental Partnership

| Sep. 12, 2022

The Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced today that ColdHubs Limited is the winner of the 2022 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership. The company—born out of a partnership between the Smallholders Foundation, the Institute for Air Handling and Refrigeration (ILK Dresden), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)—uses solar-powered walk-in cold rooms to reduce post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers across rural Nigeria.

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Dr. Youssef Chahed, former Prime Minister of the Tunisian Republic, named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative

| Aug. 16, 2022

Dr. Youssef Chahed, former Prime Minister of the Tunisian Republic, has been named a 2022-2023 Senior Fellow with the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  
 
“Youssef Chahed is not just one of Tunisia’s–and indeed, the Middle East’s–most distinguished young public servants, he is also a first-rate scholar,” said Tarek Masoud, Ford Foundation Professor and MEI Faculty Director. “I am thrilled that he will be part of our community, and I know that my students and colleagues will learn much from him, both about how to govern amid extreme crises and about the underlying social, political, and economic drivers of those crises.” 
 
Dr. Chahed will be in residence at the Kennedy School for the 2022-2023 academic year. During his fellowship, Chahed will focus on economic, security, and other policy challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa and will lead a study group on development and democratic transitions. He will also meet regularly with Harvard students and student groups and will speak at events across campus.  

“I am honored to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative for the 2022-23 academic year," Chahed said. "Ever since my first visit in April 2022, I have been impressed by the quality of Harvard Kennedy School’s students and faculty and by the depth of their interest in democracy and development in the Middle East. I look forward to advancing my research and reflection on these issues and to taking advantage of all the intellectual opportunities provided by this extraordinary institution.” 

Dr. Chahed served as Prime Minister of Tunisia from 2016 to 2020. He is both the youngest head of government in Tunisia’s history and the longest serving since that country’s democratic transition in 2011. During his tenure, he made significant advancements in the fight against terrorism, launched an anti-corruption campaign, and navigated severe economic challenges. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Chahed served as Secretary of State for Fisheries and Minister of Local Affairs. 

Dr. Chahed holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon and taught agricultural economics at the Higher Institute of Agriculture in France.  


Contact: Sam Himmelman, Program and Communications Coordinator, Middle East Initiative (shimmelman@hks.harvard.edu)

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Ambassador (ret.) Edward P. Djerejian Named Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative

June 02, 2022

The Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is pleased to announce that Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria, will serve as a Senior Fellow this coming academic year.

Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative Announces New “Permafrost Pathways” Project

| Apr. 11, 2022

The Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in collaboration with Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Alaska Institute for Justice, and the Alaska Native Science Commission, announced the launch of Permafrost Pathways: Connecting Science, People, and Policy for Arctic Justice and Global Climate. A multipronged $41 million initiative catalyzed through the The Audacious Project, the Pathways project will bring together leading experts in climate science, policy action, and environmental justice to inform and develop adaptation and mitigation strategies that address the local and global impacts of Arctic permafrost thaw.