919 Events

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization: Treaty Negotiations in Geneva in 1994.


Seminar - Open to the Public

Veto Players, Treaty Effectiveness, and Multilateral Nuclear Arms Control

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Stephen Herzog, Senior Researcher in Nuclear Arms Control, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich; Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

Why do some treaties face difficult entry-into-force prospects after negotiators agree on their legal provisions? Multilateral nuclear arms control treaties, for example, often face far more contentious journeys to enter into force than their bilateral counterparts. These treaties usually indicate the number of states that must deposit ratification instruments, or may even require participation by specific states. To better understand such delays, Stephen Herzog presents a theory of treaty entry-into-force.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkd-mhqjsvHdH15Dg8RHMId9xyGBgKSpQB 

President Hassan Rouhani with a face mask, 25 July 2020. Rouhani says Iran is retaliating against U.S. sanctions.

Wikimedia CC/Tasnim News Agency

Seminar - Open to the Public

Calibrated Resistance: The Political Dynamics of Iran's Nuclear Policymaking under Trump

Thu., May 20, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Abolghasem Bayyenat, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Drawing parallel with domestic and international conditions leading to the successful conclusion of the JCPOA in 2015, this research seeks to put Iran's nuclear policymaking during the Trump administration into perspective and explain why Iran pursued the strategy of calibrated resistance, how this strategy became possible, and why alternative policies became unthinkable or impossible.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Please register before the event:

New indigenous PHWR (Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor) under construction, Gujarat, India, 9 June 2016.

Wikimedia CC/Reetesh Chaurasia

Seminar - Open to the Public

Technology Transfer, Control, and Re-invention of the Indian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor

Thu., Apr. 29, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Aditi Verma, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral  Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

The design and creation of complex socio-technical systems require the production and use of both tacit and explicit knowledge. This seminar explores the role of tacit knowledge in the transfer and reinvention of complex, dual-use technologies — in this case, pressurized heavy water reactors — and the implications of the generation of this tacit knowledge for technology control.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Please register before the event:

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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Seminar - Open to the Public

"Together towards a Sustainable Arctic": An Earth Day Dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Arctic Council, H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Join the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an engaging Earth Day dialogue with Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, about  Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on what is next. 

Arctic Ocean and sea ice.

Photo Credit: Dr. Sarah Dewey

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Initiative Study Group: Ocean Conservation and Policy Innovation

Wed., Mar. 10, 2021 - Wed., Apr. 7, 2021


As climate change rapidly transforms the Arctic, the ocean at its center becomes a point of focus: melting sea ice enables increased marine traffic; ice-dependent species are migrating or dying; fisheries shift and with them economies of subsistence. These changes can mean risk or opportunity for different stakeholders.

This study group will use Arctic Ocean change as a case study to outline the environmental policy process and build participants understanding of how to effectively engage in the climate and oceans policy space. 

To sign-up, please complete this form by Monday, March 8, 2021: https://forms.gle/KYn6nwxr4zq8vnQ98

President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes a public speech at Columbia University in New York City, 24 September 2007.

Wikimedia CC/Daniella Zalcman

Seminar - Open to the Public

Causes and Consequences of Public Cueing in Nuclear Decision-Making

Thu., Jan. 28, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speakers: Rebecca Davis Gibbons, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom; Ariel Petrovics, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

This seminar seeks to examine the causes and consequences of public involvement in nuclear programs in two parts: first, exploring why some leaders involve the public in nuclear discussions, and then assessing shifts in public opinion in response to such cueing. Together, these  parts can help better understand when and how domestic publics can affect the trajectory of their states' nuclear programs.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register before the seminar here: 

John Holdren

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: John Holdren on "Thawing Permafrost: A Local and Global Disaster"

Mon., Nov. 2, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at HKS. Professor Holdren will speak on "Thawing Permafrost: A Local and Global Disaster." The seminar will be hosted by HKS Professor Joe Aldy.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch via the EPSS homepage.

Registration: Please RSVP at the link below. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

    A deserted classroom in Pripyat, Ukraine, three decades after the Chernobyl disaster, 10 March 2013.

    Wikimedia CC/DmytroChapman

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Recent Lessons for the Recovery from Acts of Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism

    Thu., Oct. 29, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


    Speaker: Julius Weitzdörfer, Junior Professor of East Asian Law, Hagen University, Germany

    Risks stemming from CBRN-terrorism (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) are characterized by relatively low frequency, yet extraordinary potential impact. To help reduce the enormous potential costs associated with radiological and nuclear terrorism, drawing on cases from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, this seminar seeks to derive and improve recovery policies towards a well-rounded, holistic approach to mitigating the risks of nuclear and radiological terrorism.

    Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Register in advance for this meeting: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAoc-yhrjwrEtEXOUTdHqGhMvLscB5VO38u

    Gabrielle Scrimshaw speaks at the Arctic Innovation Lab, 15-Nov-2017.

    Photo Credit: Benn Craig

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Arctic Innovation Lab: New Ideas For a Better Arctic

    Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm


    The Arctic Innovation Lab is a project designed to promote solution-oriented discussions on the changing Arctic region. 

    Come hear new ideas for a better Arctic and vote for your favorite one!

    Opening remarks by Kenneth A. Howery, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and Co-Founder of Paypal and the Founders Fund

    A Kiruna heritage building being moved intact in August 2017.

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    Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    What Does It Take to Move a City? Arctic Initiative and Luleå University Student Arctic Dialogue

    Fri., Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am


    The world's biggest underground iron ore mine is about to undermine the Swedish city of Kiruna. The answer? Move the city.

    Join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with students from Luleå University and experts from across the globe for a case discussion about sustainable development, consensus building, and how one Arctic city is responding to rapid change.

    Apply to be part of this unique case discussion opportunity by Monday, September 28, 2020, so you can be matched with your international team.