842 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Future of EU Economic Governance

Mon., Oct. 31, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Center for European Studies

The war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the value of the euro and the constitutional architecture of economic governance in the EU. To help repair the economic and social damage of the pandemic, the EU introduced NextGenerationEU, a €800 million economic recovery fund, to build Europe's environmental and digital future. The EU's infant fiscal capacity raises the question of the benefits and challenges of retaining the fund as a permanent feature of European Monetary Union.

This event is part of the Center for European Studies' European Union Seminar and is co-sponsored by the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.


  • Federico Fabbrini – Full Professor of European Law, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University; Founding Director, Brexit Institute & Director, Law Research Center, Dublin City University


  • Karl Kaiser – Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School; Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Vivien A. Schmidt – Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis

The office of Valdis Dombrovskis

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Power & Alliances: The Transatlantic Partnership in a Changing World

Sat., Oct. 15, 2022 | 11:00am - 12:30pm

Harvard Law School - Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A

Please join us over brunch for a speech and conversation with Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission's Executive Vice-President and highest ranking official responsible for Economy & Trade.  EVP Dombrovskis will present his perspectives for strengthening EU-U.S. bilateral relations and reviving transatlantic trade and geopolitical leadership in a fragmenting global landscape. Following these remarks, he will engage in conversation with Professor Mark Wu of Harvard Law School and take questions from the audience. 

Sponsored by the European Union Seminar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, HLS International Legal Studies, and the Belfer Center Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship in conjunction with the Harvard International Law Journal.

Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Office of Ambassador Chan Heng Chee

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Ukraine War and U.S.-China Competition: A Southeast Asian Perspective

Thu., Oct. 13, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Asia-Pacific Initiative for a discussion with Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and former Ambassador of Singapore to the United States, on current political and economic developments in Asia and a unique southeast Asian view on Russia's war in Ukraine. Increasing U.S.-China competition presents significant and myriad challenges to the region. What role is diplomacy playing in helping these countries navigate changing dynamics in Asia and beyond? Ambassador Chan will also address the rise of ASEAN and efforts towards strengthening trade and regional economic integration. This conversation will be moderated by Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project.

The event will take place in person for Harvard ID holders and online via Zoom.

Image of the National Congress of Brazil in 1964 and a Protest in 2022

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Seminar - Open to the Public

Brazilian Democracy Under Attack: 1964 and 2022

Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies for a discussion on the state of Brazilian democracy with James Green, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Professor of Modern Latin American History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies; Director of the Brazil Initiative, Brown University; Rodrigo Patto Sá Motta, Full Professor of Brazilian History, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto, Adjunct Professor, University of Brasilia (UnB); moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, David and Peggy Rockefeller Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

In 1964, a military coup d’Etat, supported by sectors of civil society, inaugurated two decades of dictatorship in Brazil. In 2022, a right-wing government works to undermine democratic institutions and find justification for another period of authoritarianism. There is much in common in the political rhetoric used to attack democracy in both periods: antidemocratic forces speak of political corruption, an alleged communist threat, the need to defend religious and moral values, etc. But the two historical moments are also in sharp contrast to each other. The purpose of this panel is to explore similarities and differences between 1964 and 2022 while history unfolds and we witness whether Brazilian democracy will be able to avert –this time—a new moment of peril.

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Challenges of Negotiating for Humanity in the XXI Century Study Group

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 - Tue., Nov. 29, 2022

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Over the course of four sessions, a study group led by Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Elayne Whyte, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United Nations (2014-2020) and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002), will examine one of the most compelling challenges of diplomacy in the XXI century: how to negotiate effective and innovative agreements addressing the global problems facing humanity today that are of transnational nature and affect humanity as a whole, both current and future generations.

The readings and discussions of this study group will seek to identify the theoretical, ethical and political underpinnings of the concept “negotiating for humanity.” It will also review experiences of negotiating around global challenges that go beyond competing national interests, transcend boundaries, affect current and future generations alike and pertain to global commons. Furthermore, these challenges constitute problems that cannot be addressed by governments alone or by one single state or institution.

Whilst the practice of diplomatic negotiations was established to secure the interests of the nation-state, the interconnected and interdependent society of the XXI century demands policy responses that transcend the interests and capabilities of individual or groups of states to protect the global commons, generate global public goods and address humanity’s challenges.

Contemporary negotiations need to address global health, inequality, and the protection of our global natural commons (oceans, ozone layer, the planet’s biodiversity, among others) for current and future generations. There are also pressing demands to tackle the existential threats that climate change or weapons of mass destruction pose to human civilization. Increased cooperation is also required to face global health risks, ocean pollution, human rights challenges posed by emerging technologies or other problems of systemic nature, such as the shortcomings of the multilateral system

Reflecting this paradigm shift in 2015 the United Nations agreed upon an “agenda for people, planet and prosperity”: the Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2021, the Secretary General presented a new deal to deliver global public goods and address humanity’s major risks, as part of the proposals to advance a common global agenda for the future. This represents a new comprehensive, systemic approach to the international agenda, in the context of the deep systemic impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine.

Being able to identify approaches that can be used in negotiations for humanity, the study group seeks to contribute to emerging issues of global debate, such as human migration, inequality, ocean pollution, outer space navigation and cleanup of orbit debris, the human rights protection challenges stemming from emerging technologies or the creation of an effective regime to deal with pandemics.

Workers disinfect the grounds at the Grand Mosque to help protect against the coronavirus in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Seminar - Open to the Public

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Muslim World

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Dr. Kadir Yildirim will discuss his recent research on Muslim responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic affected religious practice and religiosity in parts of the Muslim world. In discussion with event moderator MEI Faculty Director, Professor Tarek Masoud, Dr. Yildirim will outline key findings from an online public opinion survey conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia and review the social and political implications of the pandemic. 

Dr. Yildirim is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. His main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East, and Turkish politics.

Dr. Yildirim is the author of two books: "Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation" (2015) and a forthcoming book, "The Politics of Religious Party Change: Islamist and Catholic Parties in Comparative Perspective," for which he received a Smith Richardson Foundation’s prestigious Strategy & Policy Fellows grant.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. Yildirim received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Janne Kuusela, Defense Policy Director of Finland

The office of Mr. Janne Kuusela

Seminar - Open to the Public

Europe’s Security Landscape: The View from Finland with Janne Kuusela, Director General for Defense Policy

Tue., Sep. 27, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Please join the Belfer Center’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and Defense Project for a seminar on the current European security landscape with Janne Kuusela, Defense Policy Director of Finland. Mr. Kuusela will discuss Finland’s recent NATO bid, security challenges for Northern Europe, the future of European defense cooperation and its implications for the transatlantic relationship. Professor Eric Rosenbach, co-Director of the Belfer Center, will moderate the discussion.

This event will be hybrid.

Seminar - Open to the Public

A More Representative America at Home and Abroad: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the U.S. State Department

Tue., Sep. 20, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Littauer Building - Room 332

Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Maryum Saifee, Senior Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Saifee will discuss the Department’s efforts to build a more inclusive organization by recruiting and retaining a workforce that truly reflects America abroad. On September 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of State has released its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan, a roadmap to operationalize last year’s White House Executive Order on DEIA in the Federal Workforce. This conversation will be moderated by Erika Manouselis, Manager of the Future of Diplomacy Project.

The event will take place in person for Harvard ID holders and online via Zoom.

State Department Seal

U.S. Department of State

Special Series - Open to the Public

State Department’s Learning Agenda Launch, Hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs: Featuring Ambassador Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary for Political Affairs

Thu., June 30, 2022 | 11:00am - 12:30pm


Please join the State Department’s Learning Agenda launch, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.    

The Learning Agenda is an unprecedented effort by the Department to institutionalize evidence-based learning and implement the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (“Evidence Act”).  The Evidence Act requires federal agencies to develop a “learning agenda” – a systematic plan to answer a set of policy-relevant questions critical to achieving the agency’s strategic objectives.  It will guide the Department’s efforts over the next four years across eight questions to increase the impact of U.S. foreign policy and bolster the Secretary of State’s modernization efforts. The event will feature a keynote address followed by a panel of foreign policy and evidence-building experts for a thoughtful discussion on addressing Learning Agenda Questions 1 and 2:   

  1. How can the State Department improve the effectiveness of its diplomatic interventions to better advance foreign policy objectives?   

  1. How can the Department improve the effectiveness and sustainability of its foreign assistance efforts? 

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.   

Panel to include: 

  • Barbara Bodine, Director and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy of the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy  
  • David Connolly, Director of Learning, Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School 
  • Douglas Pitkin, Director of the Bureau of Budget & Planning (BP) at the U.S. Department of State (Closing Remarks)
  • Dafna Rand, Director of the Office of Foreign Assistance (F) at the U.S. Department of State  (moderator)

His Excellency Dr. Martin Kimani

Dr. Martin Kimani

Seminar - Open to the Public

The African Story at a Time of Global Crisis | Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN

Tue., Apr. 26, 2022 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in partnership with the HKS Africa Caucus, is pleased to host His Excellency Dr. Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to share his perspective on current global crises.  Ambassador Kimani made headlines earlier this year for his public rebuke of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a speech at the UN Security Council, demonstrating the powerful role Africa can play in global affairs, in a new era of great power competition.

While this event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.