25 Events

President Donald J. Trump signs an EO on Iran Sanctions in the Green Room at Trump National Golf Club, August 5, 2018, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

White House Photo/Shealah Craighead

Seminar - Open to the Public

Turning Paper Screws: The Effectiveness of Economic Sanctions in International Security

Thu., Apr. 9, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

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

Economic sanctions are one of the most common coercive tools of foreign policy, used regularly in an effort to change target state behavior. Yet despite their versatility and prevalence in international relations, sanctions are at best an unreliable tool of foreign policy. Indeed, many of the most important and publicized sanction attempts have failed to produce any desired change in the target. Existing literature on the effectiveness of sanctions has largely focused on whether or not sanctions eventually succeed, but this overlooks the arguable more policy relevant questions of when and under what conditions sanctions are effective tools of statecraft. The speaker's research  finds that sanctions with the greatest implications for international security — such as those that combat nuclear proliferation or foreign military aggression — fail even more catastrophically than their less salient counterparts.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Click here. Meeting ID number: 810311271

Arctic Innovators at the 2018 Arctic Innovation Lab in Reykjavik, Iceland, celebrating a successful Innovation Lab with Arctic Initiative co-Founder Halla Hrund Logadottir (right).

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

Information Session - Harvard Students

Arctic Innovator Information Session

Wed., Sep. 4, 2019 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Belfer Building - Hauser Conference Room (1st Floor Lobby)

This year, the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative is selecting a small group of 2–3 Harvard students to present their ideas at the Arctic Innovation Lab in Iceland. The Lab takes place at the world's largest Arctic gathering, the Arctic Circle Assembly, from October 10–13, 2019.  The trip for students selected for the Lab is funded by the Arctic Initiative. Before traveling to Iceland, students are expected to attend three, 1-hour, group sessions which will support students in the process of developing their ideas. Students are also required to set up office-hours with members of the Arctic Initiative team as they work independently to hone their pitch.

Students interested in applying to be an Arctic Innovator should fill out this application form by September 6 to be considered for the program: https://forms.gle/yxCWGpW4xqrhVnjX6.

JFK Jr Forum - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Lessons from Iceland: A Nation Striving to Punch Above Its Weight in a Globalized World

Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 | 4:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

A public address by His Excellency Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. Moderated by John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White Office of Science and Technology Policy (January 2009 – January 2017); Co-Director, Belfer Center's Science, Technology and Public Policy Program.

Special Series - Open to the Public

Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier

Fri., Oct. 28, 2016 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Harvard Book Store welcomes the Harvard Kennedy School's Venkatesh Narayanamurti and University of Virginia's Toluwalogo Odumosu for a discussion of their book, Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier. This event includes a book signing.

Sponsored by the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and the Environment and Natural Resources Program

Special Series - Open to the Public

Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Book Launch

Wed., Oct. 26, 2016 | 4:30pm - 6:15pm

Tracing the history of the problematic "basic" and "applied" categories, Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier documents how historical views of policymakers and scientists have led to the construction of science as a pure ideal on the one hand and of engineering as a practical (and inherently less prestigious) activity on the other

Ripe cocoa pods

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Special Series - Open to the Public

Climate Change and the Cocoa Industry: Leveraging Science and Technology for Sustainability

Wed., Apr. 30, 2014 | 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

The aim of this workshop is to explore the role of science and technology in adapting the global cocoa and chocolate industry to climate change. More specifically, the workshop will develop a roadmap on how to leverage the power of institutions of higher learning to respond to the sustainability challenges facing the industry. The US$95 billion is used as a source of inspirational models on how to respond to sustainability challenges facing other major global agricultural commodities.