818 Events

Flags of Afghanistan and NATO


Seminar - Open to the Public

The European Reaction to the Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm


The U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has spurred European anxiety and frustration. It has also reignited a long-standing debate over European strategic autonomy, notably in the field of security and defence. Please join the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a seminar with Joe Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, and Nathalie Tocci, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, moderated by Karl Kaiser, Fellow with the Project on Europe, to discuss whether Afghanistan truly marks the end of the honeymoon between Europe and the Biden administration and what lies behind the European critique of US foreign policy. It will also explore whether Afghanistan will represent a genuine turning point in European ambitions to assume greater responsibility and risk on security and defence, the obstacles that persist, and the implications this may have on the future of the transatlantic relationship.

Cover of "COVID-19: Make It the Last Pandemic" report

Benn Craig/ IPPPR

Seminar - Open to the Public

COVID-19: Make It the Last Pandemic

Thu., June 10, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a discussion on the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response’s (IPPPR) recent report "COVID-19: Make It the Last Pandemic" with Panel members Dr. Joanne Liu, former International President of Doctors Without Borders; David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee; and Ambassador Anders Nordstrom, Head of Secretariat of the IPPPR. The IPPPR was established by the World Health Organization Director-General to provide an evidence-based path to ensure that countries and global institutions effectively address health threats. This discussion will be moderated by Professor Graham Allison.

In its report, published May 2021, the Independent Panel found weak links at every point in the chain of preparedness and response. Preparation was inconsistent and underfunded. The alert system was too slow—and too meek. The World Health Organization was under-powered. The response has exacerbated inequalities. Global political leadership was absent.

In response, the Panel presents a package of recommendations that seek to learn from this crisis, and plan for the next one. These include committing to clear targets, additional resources, new measures and elevating health threats to the highest levels of political leadership. The Panel also calls for immediate actions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic through more just and strategic vaccine distribution as well as national-level measures to address ongoing waves of transmission.

Daniela Schwarzer

Office of Daniela Schwarzer

Seminar - Open to the Public

Great Power Competition and the EU’s Role in the World

Thu., June 3, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am


Please join the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a discussion with Daniela Schwarzer, Senior Fellow with the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations, on the European Union’s most recent attempts to become a more strategic actor on the global stage. From a European perspective, the Biden administration offers a great opportunity to rethink and relaunch the transatlantic relationship and to partner with the U.S. in strengthening multilateralism. However, the EU still punches below its weight in international affairs and defining its strategy towards China is its most important challenge in context.

This seminar will explore the most recent steps that the European Union has made to enhance its international role as well as the state of EU-China relations. As much depends on member state developments in the European Union, the seminar will also address the upcoming elections in Germany and France. Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.


UNSCO Director General Audrey Azoulay


Special Series - Open to the Public

Multilateral Cultural Diplomacy: A Conversation with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay

Wed., June 2, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


In the third installment of the Future of Cultural Diplomacy Series, UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay will offer her unique perspective on cultural diplomacy as the leader of one of the world’s largest multilateral agencies focused on education, science, and cultural issues. Director-General Azoulay will discuss UNESCO’s current priorities, including education, culture, gender equality, and freedom of expression, and how UNESCO has provided multilateral approaches to crises stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. Carla Dirlikov Canales, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow and Arts Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, and Alison Hillegeist, Deputy Director for the Future of Diplomacy Project will moderate this discussion.

The Future of Cultural Diplomacy seminar series explores how to harness culture to advance foreign policy objectives.  This series aims to address an important but often overlooked angle in current foreign policy debates, as well as add a valuable dimension to co-curricular discussions in international affairs at Harvard. This series was conceptualized by Carla Dirlikov Canales, an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, a world-renowned opera singer, and current Fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Rise of China: Challenges and Opportunities

Wed., May 19, 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:15pm


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Julie Bishop, Fisher Family Fellow and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, about China and Australia’s relationship, the increasing geopolitical role of the Quad, and how U.S. foreign policy should respond to China's rise. Research Director, Torrey Taussig will moderate this discussion.

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Hard Choices: What Britain Does Next

    Tue., May 18, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:45am


    Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a conversation with Lord Peter Ricketts, former Fisher Family Fellow (2018-19), UK Ambassador to France (2012-2016), and UK National Security Adviser (2010-2012), on his new book Hard Choices: What Britain Does Next about the difficult decisions facing all Western countries - and Britain in particular - as they adapt to a more complex and fractured international order. Faculty Chair Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Renewing the German-American Partnership

    Thu., May 13, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

    German foreign policy faces profound challenges in 2021: Strengthening relations with the United States, navigating a complex relationship with China, working to ensure full post-COVID economic recovery in Europe and contributing to strengthening the European Union in the first full year following the UK exit from the Union – all while the 16-year political leadership of Angela Merkel as Chancellor comes to its end in September with a national election already dominating headlines. Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Emily Haber, will discuss the future of the transatlantic and the German-American relationship with respect to key geopolitical and geo-economic questions facing her country in a critical election year. Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns, will introduce the event and Executive Director, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, will moderate.

    This event is part of the series  “Meeting America,” the first of several virtual talks with the German Ambassador and American stakeholders across the United States.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Eric M. Warburg Boston Chapter of the American Council on Germany.

    For more information, please visit the Wunderbar Together Event Calendar Information Page.

    Secretary Madeleine Albright, Dina Powell McCormick, and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro

    Benn Craig

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Out of Many, One: The Refugee and Immigrant Stories of Secretary Madeleine Albright, Dina Powell McCormick, and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro

    Wed., May 12, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm


    Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright; Global Head of Sustainability and Inclusive Growth at Goldman Sachs, Dina Powell McCormick; and Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Harvard Kennedy School midcareer student (2021) and the Assistant Director for Space Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who have all recently been featured in President George W. Bush’s new book Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants, a collection of 43 portraits painted by the former President with accompanying stories that exemplify the promise of America. They will share how their experiences as a refugee and as immigrants have shaped their views on America’s role in the world and influenced their careers in public service.  Professor Nicholas Burns will moderate the discussion.

    Black Lives Matter protests in Paris and London

    APCO Forum

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Advancing an Anti-Racist Transatlantic Agenda

    Tue., May 11, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm


    Please join the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a panel discussion on efforts to advance an anti-racist transatlantic agenda with three policymakers: Caroline Abadie, Member of the French National Assembly; Oona King, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Snap Inc and former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom; and Desirée Cormier Smith, Senior Advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. This discussion will be moderated by Torrey Taussig, Research Director, and Erika Manouselis, Project Coordinator.

    Systemic racism is a critical problem for societies on both sides of Atlantic. Following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in May 2020, protests erupted around the world and sparked national reckonings about the injustices faced by African Americans and Black Europeans. Many of these injustices are the same - from mass incarcerations and racial profiling to health inequities and targeting by xenophobic and racist digital disinformation campaigns.

    Meanwhile, President Biden has made racial inequality a major focus for his new administration. He has created a new Chief Diversity Officer role for the U.S. Department of State. The United Kingdom and France have both recently published government commissioned reports on racism and policy recommendations to address racial inequalities within their countries.

    What actions can U.S. and European local and national governments take to address issues of systemic racism and minority rights? How do we tackle racism and racial discrimination within our governmental and intergovernmental institutions and increase diversity and inclusion? And how can U.S. and European institutions work together to make progress?

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington, D.C., November 2009

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

    100 Days of Biden: A Transatlantic Balance?

    Fri., May 7, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am


    Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project's Fisher Family Fellow,  Ambassador Peter Wittig, for a virtual study group that will explore how and to what extent the first 100 days of the Biden presidency has reset the transatlantic partnership. 

    In Europe, the Biden victory was mostly greeted with tremendous relief. Notable exceptions were the governments of Poland, Hungary and Slovenia as well as right-wing populist parties in many European parliaments. Biden is widely viewed as an old-school transatlanticist, a strong backer of NATO, and a supporter of the EU as a strategic partner for the US. His critical view on Brexit is also widely known.

    How much restoration of the old Western order is possible and desirable? What will be the main areas of collaboration and tension in the European-U.S. relationship in the foreseeable future?

    Ambassador Peter Wittig is a five-time Ambassador. He served in Spain, at the UN, in Lebanon and Cyprus before working in the cabinet of two Foreign Secretaries at headquarters. Most recently he was the German Ambassador at the United Nations in New York (2009 - 2014) representing his country in the Security Council, in Washington (2014 - 2018) and in the United Kingdom (2018 - 2020).

    Please register here. A light reading list will be provided and students are expected to come on time and prepared.