37 Events

Carmen Reinhart

The World Bank Group

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Carmen Reinhart – Lessons from History for the COVID Economic Recovery

Thu., May 6, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Online

At a time when U.S. federal debt is at its highest level since World War II—and the post-COVID economic recovery around the world remains uncertain—join the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Work Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, looking north to the southern edge of the Hindu Kush Mountains, 14 February 2011.

Nate Moir Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Parallel Hierarchies: A Political and Social History of Shadow Systems of Governance in Conflict

Thu., May 6, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Nathaniel L. Moir, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

Great power competition is not synonymous with conventional approaches to warfare. Over the last sixty years, irregular conflict — including insurgency and counterinsurgency, information operations, and other ways of war — predominated in most conflicts. Through seven chronologically organized case studies, the speaker will focus on conflicts in East and Southeast Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to analyze how vanguard movements formed parallel hierarchies to gain socio-political control over competitors. 

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Please register before the event:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kdO-oqTwsHtxbixwYOATzKist2pZ0hjN1 

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Foreign Agents Registration Act in Historical Perspective

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Ashley Serpa, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

In this seminar, the speaker will discuss the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA)’s history, from its inception as a tool to combat Nazi propaganda in the WWII-era to its use against suspected communists in the early Cold War. She will also discuss the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's investigation on foreign agents in the 1960s, which inspired the last successful FARA amendment, to help scholars and policymakers understand why so many proposed amendments failed and FARA proved ineffective in the decades following.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Please register before the event:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvdumhrDoqEtIim84pzzBIbyZEKNCAMp42

Book cover for Tomorrow, the World

Harvard University Press

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Applied History: Paul Kennedy and Stephen Wertheim on America's Rise to Supremacy

Mon., Apr. 5, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

As the United States grapples with a world changed by a rapidly rising China—and considers its own role by questioning how and why it grew into a postwar "superpower"—join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Niall Ferguson – Cold War 2.0?

Thu., Mar. 25, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Online

As America confronts a rapidly rising China – and ponders how to approach this daunting test – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members – distinguished historians and public servants – study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

Members of the public tour the Atoms For Peace mobile exhibit. The program was launched under President Eisenhower to supply equipment and information to schools, hospitals and research institutions.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Seminar - Open to the Public

Light Water Capitalism: Nonproliferation and U.S. Global Power

Thu., Mar. 11, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Jayita Sarkar, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

How do the exports of U.S. power reactors relate to nonproliferation, global capitalism, and U.S. empire? And what does that tell us about the dominance by design of U.S. government and businesses in the decolonized world, where they promised development but delivered debt? This seminar pursues this inquiry through investigating the role of the light water reactor as an instrument of U.S. nonproliferation policy from the mid-1950s until the end of the 1980s.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register before the seminar here:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscOyspz0uHdDEEReU3VaamAmpD7qRPMrO

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Fareed Zakaria – Lessons for Building Back Better

Thu., Mar. 4, 2021 | 3:15pm - 4:30pm

Online

As our nation looks ahead to a brighter, post-COVID future, join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group.  Its members – distinguished historians and public servants –study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

Political cartoon by Louis Dalrymple depicting Theodore Roosevelt as 'The World's Constable,' standing between Europe and Latin America with a truncheon labeled 'The New Diplomacy.'

Public Domain/Louis Dalrymple

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Bull Moose and the Bear: Theodore Roosevelt and the Deep Origins of Russian Disinformation

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

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

During Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, Jews in the Russian Empire were subjected to brutal pogroms that claimed thousands of lives. Americans rallied behind the embattled Jewish community and pressed Roosevelt to take action on the global stage. Russia, in turn, fed lies to the press in the United States in a bid to manipulate the public and the president. This seminar explores this little-known episode in U.S. history and considers its implications for Russian-American relations today.

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register before the seminar here:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkceigqzkqG9A2-Hs9abdZvs09WSov1leh C

Abraham Lincoln

Alexander Gardner

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Jon Meacham – Healing a House Divided

Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Online

As our society struggles to bridge its deepest divisions, join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members – distinguished historians and public servants – study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

London. Westminster Bridge and House of Parliament. Postcard, c.1910

Public Domain

Seminar - Open to the Public

Peace, Retrenchment, and Reform: Grand Strategy and Britain's Liberal Empire, 1846–1914

Thu., Dec. 17, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Graeme Thompson, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

Liberal ideas of foreign policy and international order helped to shape the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. From 1846, the Pax Britannica rested on an integrated world system characterized by naval supremacy, free trade, and increasing globalization. Yet after 1870, the geopolitical context shifted rapidly as Britain's "liberal empire" faced rising economic and military competitors, notably imperial Germany. How did liberal politicians and intellectuals grapple with the challenge to British global power? Could the catastrophe of the First World War have been avoided? Focusing on Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), this seminar outlines liberal attempts to articulate and implement a grand strategy of restraint. 

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register in advance for this meeting:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvduqpqTwiHNSoXA6xfGs_yZYtCrfN_H9H