To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
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.
- Editorial Assistant, International Security
- Executive Editor, Quarterly Journal: International Security
- Series Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security
- Former Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2016–2017
- Affiliate, Middle East Initiative
- Program Assistant, International Security Program; Web Manager, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
- Managing Editor, International Security
- Executive Editor, Belfer Center Studies in International Security
New Research Fellows
Wes Adams (Air Force Fellow)
Nicholas D. Anderson
Paul Behringer (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Stephanie Freeman (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Daniel Jacobs (Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow)
William James (Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow)
Philip Andrew Martin
Aroop Mukharji (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Joint w/ the Cyber Security Project
Joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom
Rebecca Davis Gibbons
Tory Kindrick (Air Force Fellow)
Viet Phuong Nguyen
Sébastien Philippe (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Cameron Tracy (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Benjamin Zala (Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow)
Returning Research Fellows
David Allen (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
A. Bradley Potter
Benjamin Rhode (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy) Fall 2018
Calder Walton (Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy)
Joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom
Sean Lynn-Jones (Spring 2019)
Frank O'Donnell (joint w/ Project on Managing the Atom) Fall 2018
International Security Program
For all program-related questions, including event and fellowship information:
Quarterly Journal: International Security
For all journal-related questions:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
For questions about the book series:
Discussion Paper Series
For information about International Security Program's discussion papers: