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Luke Somers, an American photojournalist, in Sana, the Yemeni capital, in 2013. He had been captured by Al Qaeda.

Hani Mohammed/Associated Press

Special Series - Open to the Public

Tactical Implications of Policy Decisions - The Attempted Rescue of Luke Somers with Guest Special Operator Geoff Ikert

Wed., Sep. 28, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

As part of their seminar series, National Security Fellows Steven Cooper and Brian Eno will be joined by Chief Master Sergeant Geoffrey P. Ikert to discuss the tactical implications of policy decisions in high stress scenarios. The attempted rescue of Luke Somers from Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen will be used as an example to discuss this topic.

NSFs at the Open House

Belfer Center

Information Session - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Defense Project Open House

Tue., Sep. 27, 2022 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Wexner Building - G02 Seminar Room

Come meet the 2022-2023 National Security Fellows and learn about their plans for the academic year, including the revamping of the For the Common Defense sessions and the Defense Project Seminar Series. 

Light refreshments will be provided and we welcome suggestions for upcoming event topics. 

This event will take place in the Quad Courtyard.

Please RSVP here.

Janne Kuusela, Defense Policy Director of Finland

The office of Mr. Janne Kuusela

Seminar - Open to the Public

Europe’s Security Landscape: The View from Finland with Janne Kuusela, Director General for Defense Policy

Tue., Sep. 27, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

Please join the Belfer Center’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and Defense Project for a seminar on the current European security landscape with Janne Kuusela, Defense Policy Director of Finland. Mr. Kuusela will discuss Finland’s recent NATO bid, security challenges for Northern Europe, the future of European defense cooperation and its implications for the transatlantic relationship. Professor Eric Rosenbach, co-Director of the Belfer Center, will moderate the discussion.

This event will be hybrid.

Ukrainian nationals in Taiwan and supporters protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Ukraine Today, Taiwan Tomorrow?

Mon., May 2, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

As the world closely watches the war in Ukraine, the question of whether or not Taiwan could be the next location of a similar attack has risen throughout policy and academic circles. Even though China has publicly stated that Ukraine and Taiwan are completely different circumstances, are there parallels or indications that Beijing is altering its strategy towards Taiwan? Furthermore, are there critical lessons that can be learned which will bolster Taiwan's defense? Please join the Defense Project and the Taiwan Workshop at the Fairbank Center for a conversation on these topics led by Steven Goldstein, former Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Emeritus, Smith College, Associate of the Fairbank Center and director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University.

This discussion will be moderated by Chris Li, Director of Research at the Asia-Pacific Initiative, and Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

General Jacqueline Van Ovost takes command of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) on Oct 15, 2021. General Van Ovost is the first female commander of USTRANSCOM.

Air Force Magazine

Seminar - Open to the Public

A Conversation with Four-Star General Jacqueline Van Ovost

Wed., Apr. 6, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Please join the Defense Project and the Women of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D) in a cohosted discussion with General Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander, US Transportation Command.  General Van Ovost will begin her discussion by sharing her journey, focusing specifically on how she has maintained her values over the course of her career.  She will then transition to a moderated discussion on US Transportation Command's role in national security, defense, and strategic competition, and the implications of national policy on the Command’s ability to support our national objectives. This session will be moderated by HKS MPP Candidate, Bethan Saunders. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Future of the European Security Environment

Tue., Mar. 8, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has drawn international attention to the current European security environment as the world awaits Russia's next steps and the future of Ukraine.  As we consider Russia's next steps, we must also consider what the future security environment in Europe entails and the impact the invasion will have on the international community.  Are the sanctions and actions of the international community enough to prevent Russia from seizing Ukraine?  What are further potential options for NATO or the international community to deter Russian aggression and what does the future of NATO look like?  What potential impacts does Russia's actions have on the future security environment?   

Please join the Defense Project for a discussion moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government with General (ret) Curtis Scaparrotti, Former Commander, US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO, who will discuss the current situation in Ukraine, what some of the potential options are to prevent further Russian aggression, and the implications the invasion will have on the future of the European security environment and NATO.

Seminar - Open to the Public

CANCELLED: Russia's Actions and the Future of European Security Environment

Thu., Mar. 3, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

The evolving situation between the Ukraine and Russia is drawing focused attention to the current European security environment as the world awaits Russia's next steps.  As we consider what those options are, we also must consider what the future security environment in Europe looks like.  What are potential options for NATO to deter Russian aggression and what does the future of NATO look like?  What potential impacts does Russia's actions have on the future security environment?  

Please join the Defense Project in a discussion moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and  General Christopher G. Cavoli, the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe and Africa.  General Cavoli is a Foreign Area Officer with a concentration on Eurasia and European Security Studies.  He will discuss European security, the current situation involving the Ukraine and Russia, and NATO. 

For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected, you will receive a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

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To join via zoom please register here: 

https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_17lVyBKyR4iAxz0a_loY9g

 

Map of known Russian strikes and ground attacks in Ukraine as of February 25, 5pm Eastern Time.

AP

Seminar - Open to the Public

Ukraine Update: Assessing the Military Situation and What's Next

Wed., Mar. 2, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Online

As the battle for Ukraine intensifies, questions abound over the reality on the ground and the long-term implications for Ukraine, Europe, and NATO. Join the Intelligence Project for a pop-up session providing a military, historical, and intelligence perspective on the rapidly-evolving Russian invasion of Ukraine. Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe will moderate a discussion with Retired Brigadier General and current Senior Fellow Kevin Ryan, Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute Director Serhii Plokhii, and CNA Director of Russian Studies Michael Kofman. The panelists will analyze the current situation in Ukraine from a military and diplomatic perspective, what's next, and the options open to the United States and Europe to respond to Russian aggression.

This event will be virtual and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SVmdwALhQPC4rNwoyoro8g.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Sean McFate: The New Rules of War

Wed., Feb. 23, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Some of the principles of warfare are ancient, others are new, but all described in The New Rules of War will permanently shape war now and in the future. By following them Sean McFate argues, we can prevail. But if we do not, terrorists, rogue states, and others who do not fight conventionally will succeed—and rule the world. 

​​War is timeless. Some things change—weapons, tactics, technology, leadership, objectives—but our desire to go into battle does not. We are living in the age of Durable Disorder—a period of unrest created by numerous factors: China’s rise, Russia’s resurgence, America’s retreat, global terrorism, international criminal empires, climate change, dwindling natural resources, and bloody civil wars. 

This devastating turmoil has given rise to difficult questions. What is the future of war? How can we survive? If Americans are drawn into major armed conflict, can we win?  Please join the Defense and Intelligence projects for a discussion with McFate on these issues, moderated by Intelligence Project Director, Paul Kolbe.  

For limited in-person attendance, please sign up below. If selected you will received a confirmation email a few days before the event: 

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to join us on zoom, please sign up here:

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Armored vehicles fire during Belarusian and Russian joint military drills at Brestsky firing range, Belarus, February 4, 2022.

Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File

Seminar - Open to the Public

Snap Call: If Russia Invades Ukraine, What Happens Next?

Wed., Feb. 16, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

A recording of this event is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0FNYuKmFY0.

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Major attention is being paid to if, when, and how a Russian invasion might take place, but there is need for more consideration of: then what? What would it mean for U.S. defense and intelligence programs and strategy going forward? What is Russia likely to do with Ukraine after occupying it? What are potentially unexpected or unanticipated consequences?

Join the Honorable Jim Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, and Beth E. Sanner, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration and presidential daily briefer, in conversation with Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe on these long-term questions relating to the rapidly-evolving Ukraine situation. This event is open to the public and registration is required. Content cannot be attributed to a speaker without obtaining permission. To register, go to: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B6fcpA_fR1mjowRIGLQ2mw.