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Imperial Federation Map of the World Showing the Extent of the British Empire in 1886.

Dennis Sylvester Hurd

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Primacy of Geopolitics: Globalization and the British World Order, c. 1830 to 1932

Thu., June 9, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Graeme Thompson, Associate, Applied History Project

What is the relationship between globalization and world order? Though some international relations theories credit economic interdependence with promoting geopolitical stability, modern imperial history suggests that the causal arrow points in the other direction — that processes of globalization depend, in large part, upon favorable, and often fleeting, geopolitical conditions. Surveying the history of Britain's "liberal empire," this seminar charts the rise and fall of 19th century globalization and its dynamic connection to the shifting balance of imperial power.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAuce-sqjIjGtcduvszq8uiTd9nbVpb_CSv

Main battle tank T-14 object 148 Armata (in the streets of Moscow on the way to or from the Red Square), 9 May 2015.

Wikimedia CC/Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Seminar - Open to the Public

Technological Change and Shifts in Military Capabilities: A Reassessment

Thu., May 19, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Shahryar Pasandideh,  Research Fellow, International Security Program

This seminar explores the relationship between advances in military technology and shifts in military capabilities with a focus on the processes of technological development and measure-countermeasure dynamics. By doing so, it offers new perspectives on the effects of technological change on international politics.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqc-iurzwvG9wHgCj30qUwwbp9jOB4K5yE

Günter Mittag (middle), member of the Politburo and Secretary of the Central Committee of the SED, deputy chairman of the State Council of the GDR, had a conversation in Bonn with the Bavarian Prime Minister and Chairman of the CSU, Franz Josef Strauss (left). The head of the Permanent Representation of the GDR in the FRG, Amb. Ewald Moldt, took part, 1 April 1987.

Wikimedia CC/Peter Koard

Seminar - Open to the Public

Franz Josef Strauss' "Grand Design": The Many Paths to German Reunification, European Unity, and Ostpolitik in the Age of Détente

Thu., May 12, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Lukas Paul Schmelter, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

The late 1960s marked a watershed in the history of West German foreign policy, as larger geopolitical forces reshaped the Cold War and West Germany's role in it. Amongst the politicians responding to these changes was Franz Josef Strauss, whose ideas presented a clear alternative to the course of Ostpolitik pursued by Bonn from 1969. This seminar will explore Strauss' strategic framework in the context of the domestic and international circumstances of the mid to late 1960s, and in doing so, address fundamental questions of post-war German foreign policy that remain relevant to the present day.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvduyqqzstG9eqhQbiQxA9GT5Knnv3PzhT

Seminar - Open to the Public

Russia in Africa: Resurgent Great Power or Bellicose Pretender?

Thu., May 5, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Samuel Ramani, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute 

Since 2014, Russia has re-emerged as a great power in Africa. Russia has signed mining and energy contracts with African countries, exploited anti-Western sentiments in Africa, and used sinister tactics, such as election interference and private military contractor deployments, to bolster its influence. Russia's geopolitical position in Africa has weathered the storm of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This seminar will examine the foundations of Russia's current influence in Africa and the threat that the Kremlin poses to Western interests on the continent. 

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
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Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow, 1 March 2014.

Wikimedia CC/Ludvig14

Seminar - Open to the Public

Russia in a Contested International Order: The Foundations and Frameworks of Moscow's International Thought

Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Nicole Grajewski, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine and embattlement with the West has signified the fundamental divergences in Moscow's approaches to international order. Rather than an aberration, present-day Russian foreign policy has been consistent with the persistent factors in Moscow's international thought. This presentation offers a framework for interpreting Russian foreign policy thinking and Moscow's approaches to the maintenance and transformation of international order.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
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Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Cannon, members of the Republican Nomination Committee, and guests in front of Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 4 August 1904.

Public Domain/Underwood & Underwood

Seminar - Open to the Public

Roosevelt and Russia: The 1904 Presidential Campaign

Thu., Apr. 21, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Andrew Porwancher, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

As Theodore Roosevelt launched his re-election bid for the White House, Russian-American relations took center stage. Russia was then denying visas to U.S. passport–holders of Jewish faith, and the "Passport Question" became a critical issue for Jewish voters. This seminar will explore Roosevelt's strategic, and often secretive, campaign to leverage diplomacy at the ballot box.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
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Numerous former U.S. Air Force Republic F-84 Thunderjet fighter-bombers being scrapped at the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) at Tucson, Arizona, 1980. These F-84s were retired in the 1950s.

U.S. Navy Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Controlling Tomorrow: Anticipatory Arms Control for Emerging Military Technologies

Thu., Apr. 14, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker:  Justin Key Canfil, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program

If defense planners are paid to imagine the future of war, and military R&D is costly and uncertain, why do states so often invest in building technologies before banning them? This seminar advances a theory to explain why states expend limited resources on new weapons destined for the scrapheap and concludes with implications for the management of 21st century emerging military technologies.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdOisrDIoGtdmmrICWwepLUSA-gR1pIMP

East Asia lights at night.

NASA/Edited by ManN

Seminar - Open to the Public

East Asian Security after the War in Ukraine

Thu., Apr. 14, 2022 | 9:00am - 10:15am

Online

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Speakers:  Joseph S. Nye, Professor Emeritus, HKS;  Nobukatsu Kanehara, Former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister of Japan; Mayumi Fukushima, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Moderator: David Sanger, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center

The panelists will discuss how Putin's war in Ukraine may affect the security landscape of East Asia.

Everyone is welcome to join via Zoom! Please register in advance here: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqduCppz8rH90D4Go7vF_gg_0xNpdNCRDO 

Settlement in Abuja hosting people who escaped Boko Haram's rule in Northeast Nigeria.

Antonia Juelich Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Turbulent vs Stable Cooperation: How (Dis)location Affects Pathways of Civilian Cooperation in Boko Haram–controlled Territory

Thu., Apr. 7, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Antonia Juelich, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Most people assume that civilians cooperate with rebels when they share their cause, and that the absence of cooperation signifies tacit or active resistance. However, this seminar seeks to reveal greater variation in civilian motivations and behavior in rebel-controlled territory. Based on interviews with people who have lived under Boko Haram's rule in Northeast Nigeria, it sheds light on the interplay between rebel structures and civilian agency in war zones. 

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrc-2rrDIoGdeObnA5JECzhYXlRjnqkaOR 

Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah (first from right) and his family meeting Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser during the 1965 Organization of African Unity Summit in Accra, Ghana.

Public Domain

Seminar - Open to the Public

Anticolonial Diplomacy and the Search for a New International Economic Order, 1960–1975

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Vivien L. Chang, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

What role(s) did sub-Saharan African elites play in the movement for a New International Economic Order? After achieving postcolonial statehood, African statesmen, intellectuals, and diplomats sought to leverage their newfound representation within regional and international organizations into political and economic power. Central to their efforts was the imperative to attain an equitable share of the world's wealth and resources. This presentation traces how this vision of anticolonial unity and economic sovereignty evolved and expanded through its interactions with national bureaucracies, international agencies, and grassroots organizations in the 1960s and 1970s.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtcOirpzkuHNUZwH7sNHckBOvZg48ZKqKn