The world has witnessed a new era of cooperation on climate change between the United States and China. This cooperation between the world’s two largest economies and carbon emitters played a fundamental role in the international negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015. This includes, in particular, the joint announcement of their respective post-2020 climate actions in November 2014 and the crafting of common visions on key issues related to the Paris Outcome in September 2015. The world has high expectations that the United States and China will enhance their future collaboration on climate change. These expectations will be the cornerstone of translating the Paris vision into action. Furthermore, the Joint Presidential Statement released in March 2016 also stressed that “joint efforts by the United States and China on climate change will serve as an enduring legacy of the partnership between our two countries”.
Welcome to the International Security Program (ISP). We are part of the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as the oldest research program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Although located within the School of Government, ISP is not a degree program.
ISP addresses the most important challenges to U.S. national security and international security in the quarter century ahead. As the first issue of the journal International Security stated in 1976, "we define international security broadly to include the full array of factors that have a direct bearing on the structure of the international system and the sovereignty of its members, with particular emphasis on the use, threat, and control of force."
Program researchers analyze security issues rigorously, draw prescriptive conclusions, and communicate their recommendations directly to makers of public policy and shapers of public opinion. The Program also seeks to advance scholarship in security studies by contributing to significant academic debates through its own research activities and by publishing the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field, International Security. Each year ISP develops and trains new talent in security studies by hosting pre- and postdoctoral research fellows. The Program also created and continues to publish a book series, the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, to provide an outlet for policy-oriented research and analysis in the field of international security.
Since the early 1990s, the International Security Program has led an international effort to recognize the threat of terror, analyze its causes, and recommend what the United States should do to prevent and fight it. Several experts in the International Security Program have authored important works in the field of terrorism.
On our pages, you will find information about our research projects, our publications, and the faculty, fellows, and staff associated with the program.
New Research Fellows
Wooseon Choi (October 2016 – March 2017)
Stig Jarle Hansen
Jason Kelly (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Corey Simmons (Air Force Fellow)
Calder Walton (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom
Mariana Budjeryn (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
JI Yeon-jung (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Barry Little (Air Force Fellow)
Nicholas Miller (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Viet Phuong Nguyen
Returning Research Fellows
Mathias Ormestad Frendem
Benjamin Rhode (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom
Joint w/ Middle East Initiative
International Security Program
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Quarterly Journal: International Security
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Belfer Center Studies in International Security
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Discussion Paper Series
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