17 Events

U.S. President Richard Nixon, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, during the first official visit by a U.S. president to Israel, June 16–17, 1974.

Ya'acov Sa'ar, GPO​

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Political Effects of Nuclear Proliferation

Thu., Sep. 17, 2015 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

This seminar will examine these political effects of nuclear acquisition in the cases of France, China, Israel, and South Africa and reflect on the likely political consequences of eventual Iranian nuclear acquisition.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The CTBTO and its Verification System: Current Challenges and Future Directions

Wed., Apr. 30, 2014 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Rubenstein Building - Room G20

Dr. Lassina Zerbo has been the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization since August of 2013. In this Project on Managing the Atom seminar, he will discuss the state of the CTBTO and its Verification System.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

All Options on the Table? Nuclear Proliferation, Preventive War, and a Leader's Decision to Intervene

Thu., Apr. 10, 2014 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Under what conditions do states use preventive military force to forestall or destroy an adversary's nuclear weapons program? If nuclear weapons are so dangerous, why do leaders disagree about the magnitude of the threat posed by specific nuclear programs?

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment recovered from the <em>BBC China</em> in Italy, en route to Libya, in 2003. They were later taken to the Y-12 complex in the USA where this photo was taken (with a Y-12 guard also in the photo).

DOE Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Problem with "Mixed" Strategies: Revisiting Libya's Decision to Give Up its Nuclear Program

Thu., Nov. 7, 2013 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Libya's decision to give up its nuclear weapons ambitions has been interpreted by most observers as support for the idea that mixed strategies are good policy. Although they disagree over which particular tools of influence were most important, most agree that some mixture of coercion and inducements explains Gaddafi's decision to disarm. This is not, however, supported by the evidence.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, gestures to chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi after unveiling a 3rd generation of domestically built centrifuge for Iran's National Day of Nuclear Technology in Tehran, Apr. 4, 2009

AP Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Can Sanctions Prevent the Spread of Nuclear Weapons?

Thu., Feb. 24, 2011 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Kalb Seminar Room, Room 275

Economic sanctions have long been derided as ineffective instruments of foreign policy and yet continue to remain a principal tool for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons across nations. This seminar will analyze the impact of sanctions on nuclear programs based on case studies of Taiwan, Iraq, Libya, and Iran. It offers an understanding of the limits and possibilities of sanctions, showing that they can sometimes play a critical role in coercing nuclear aspirants.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Kenya's Attorney General, Amos Wako, right, watches as Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki holds up the country's new constitution after signing it into law, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi,  Aug. 27, 2010.

AP Photo

Special Series - Open to the Public

Kenya's New Constitution: The Birth of the Second Republic

Tue., Sep. 14, 2010 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Harvard Graduate School of Education - Longfellow Hall

In August 2010, Kenyan citizens approved by referendum a new constitution that sets up an American-style presidential system with checks and balances. The new constitution replaces a colonial-era constitution that had been changed over the years to give the president wide ranging powers. What will the Second Republic will mean for Kenya's future?

Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

Libya's Science and Research Minister Matouq Mohamed Matouq and IAEA's Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, from left, sign an agreement opening up Libya's nuclear activities to IAEA inspections on Mar. 10, 2004, in Vienna.

AP Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

What Drives Nuclear Proliferation? A Pragmatist Analysis

Mon., May 17, 2010 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Rubenstein Building - Room G20

One of the major unsolved puzzles of international politics is why only some states acquire nuclear weapons, whereas others never start a weapons program or even renounce their activities. A new theoretical framework based on the literature of American Pragmatism overcomes long-standing theoretical disaccords and provides a better understanding of the issues underlying states' decision-making. Insights from the cases of Switzerland and Libya will be applied in order to show the benefits of such an alternative approach.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks during the U.S. Africa Command Unified Command Activation Ceremony, Oct. 1, 2008, at the Pentagon in Washington.

AP Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

AFRICOM: A New Model for Civil-Military Cooperation and the Modern U.S. Combatant Command

Thu., Feb. 18, 2010 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Room 150

Mr. Saxton will elaborate on the mission of AFRICOM, which entails coordinating the kind of support that will enable African governments and existing regional organizations to have greater capacity to provide security and respond in times of need. Mr. Saxton will discuss the interplay between security and development in Africa and how a new model for civil-military cooperation can contribute to both.

Please join us! Everyone is welcome!

Special Series - Open to the Public

Maasai: At The Crossroads

Fri., Oct. 30, 2009 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Science Center - D

A world university premiere of a 45-minute documentary about enriching the lives of Maasai children through education while respecting their customs, traditions, and way of life.

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will do a demonstration of the XO laptop after the screening.