34 Events

The seats of the U.S. delegation are vacant during the ceremony marking the entry into force of the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of landmines at Geneva, Switzerland, on Mar. 1, 1999. The U.S. did not sign or ratify the convention.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Big Sticks and Contested Carrots: A Theory of International Security Institutions

Thu., Mar. 11, 2010 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Why are some regulatory arrangements such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and Landmines Convention weak, while others like the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) more robust? In this seminar, the speaker suggests that while states negotiate institutions for a variety of purposes, only those institutions built by powerful states to regulate the behavior of weaker states are likely to be strong and effective in changing state behavior. The speaker tests his theory with a brief overview of security institutions in different issue areas selecting cases to provide variation in institutional strength — spread of nuclear weapons, use of land mines, use of force in post–Cold War Europe (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), and missile defense during the Cold War (ABM Treaty).

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

President George W. Bush takes part in the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for, from left, former British PM Tony Blair, former Australian PM John Howard, and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Jan. 13, 2009.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Agglomeration: Sneaking up on the Balance of Power?

Thu., Nov. 12, 2009 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

This seminar explores the concept of agglomeration as a means of building agreements incrementally, actively excluding potential obstructionist powers, and then inviting them to join the agreement as a fait accompli. It employs the Concert of Europe, the European Union, and the Proliferation Security Initiative as case studies.

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

President Barack Obama, accompanied by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, makes a statement on Iran's nuclear facility, Sep. 25, 2009, during the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Ahmadinejad's Second Term Foreign Policy

Wed., Oct. 14, 2009 | 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Littauer Building - Room 150

What are the Ahmadinejad government's foreign policy aims and strategies and how will post-election developments impact Iran-U.S. relations? Given the cost that Iran has incurred as a result of pursuing its nuclear program in the face of U.S. and European opposition, Iran's president will be under pressure to obtain tangible results which shore up Iran's regional role and geo-strategic interests.

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

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Rise of Market Mechanisms in Global Climate Politics: Examining the Political Role of American and European Companies

Tue., Nov. 20, 2007 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Since the creation of the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gas emissions trading has found strong and vocal advocates across the globe, including in the United States. Focusing on the role of business-NGO coalitions, it will be examined why emissions trading has come to be the preferred policy choice for tackling climate change.