25 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

An Epidemic of Gay Hate Crime, a Police Cover-up, and a Public Reckoning

Thu., Apr. 18, 2024 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Steve Johnson is an HSP fellow and a leader in Internet technology and governance. However, he has another passion that touches on homeland security issues of police protection, equity, and misconduct. His gay brother, Scott Johnson, was killed in Sydney, Australia in 1988. The police declared it a suicide. After a 30-year struggle to prompt a police investigation, a third inquest declared Scott’s death a gay hate homicide. Then ensued the successful apprehension and conviction of Scott’s killer and a Parliamentary Commission looking into the police handling of 100 deaths of gay men, confirming an epidemic of gay hate crime the New South Wales police did too little about. In December 2023, The Commission of Inquiry published its recommendations, a strong indictment of the police’s resistance to investigate hate crimes, and an outline for reform. This will be a unique discussion about how Steve turned his personal tragedy into policy change in safety and security. 

This event is open to all Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and staff. Refreshments will be served. 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Hope is Not a Method: Leadership Insights from the Iraq Battlefield to the Biden National Security Council

Wed., Apr. 10, 2024 | 9:00am - 10:15am

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Please join the Belfer Homeland Security Project for a breakfast seminar on Wednesday, April 10th from 9-10:15 am with John Tien, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Tien will share leadership lessons gained from his tenure at DHS as well as his experience as a veteran of four White House Administrations and three U.S. Army combat tours in Iraq.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Juliette Kayyem, with time reserved for Q&A.

This event is open to all Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and staff. A hot breakfast will be served. 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Weapons of Mass Destruction: Countering Risks to the Homeland. A Conversation with Mary Ellen Callahan

Mon., Feb. 26, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Please join the Homeland Security Project for a lunch seminar on February 26 from 12-1:30pm with Mary Ellen Callahan, Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. Assistant Secretary Callahan will discuss the work of the CWMD office in defending the United States against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, as well as challenges and opportunities for DHS in the years ahead. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Juliette Kayyem, with time reserved for Q&A. 

This event is open to all Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and staff. Please RSVP below.

 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Homeland Security and Insecurity

Wed., Oct. 25, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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

Please join the Belfer Center for a Homeland Security Seminar with former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien, a Belfer Center Senior Fellow and former National Security Fellow, and Faculty Chair of the Homeland Security Project Juliette Kayyem.

They will discuss the challenges facing America’s safety and security in a time of increased global threats and domestic unrest. Twenty years into the Department of Homeland Security's start, as it manages issues as far flung as immigration surges, domestic radicalization, and climate change, was the post-9/11 experiment in creating a new federal agency successful?

This event will be off-the-record and in person.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

How to Prevent Mass Shootings 

Thu., Sep. 21, 2023 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

America’s gun massacres are not inevitable. These recurring disasters can potentially be stopped before they happen—and some have been, by trained community teams responding to warning signs. In this seminar, journalist and author Mark Follman will share insights from “Trigger Points,” his acclaimed book chronicling the emerging field of behavioral threat assessment, which seeks to intervene with troubled people who are planning violence. Threat assessment is a growing policy, now required in K-12 schools and universities in many states. Follman will discuss how these multidisciplinary teams work, the role of mental health, and more, with time included for audience questions. 

 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Globalization 2.0, Continental Vision, and the Future of North America

Wed., Apr. 12, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Please join Belfer's Homeland Security Project for a lunch seminar featuring Alan Bersin, former Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Starting in the 1990’s, globalization and the idea of North America germinated and then grew up together. The pandemic a generation later—coupled with the geopolitical splintering of the post World War II international order now underway— has brought the first phase of each to an end. As Globalization 2.0 and North America 2.0 (with USMCA) take shape – in dim outline as yet – new and important opportunities (e.g. the near shoring of  manufacturing supply chains) as well as challenges (e.g. surging migrant mobility) are emerging at the North American regional level. Whether and how these opportunities are capitalized upon, or not, by the United States  and its neighboring partners in Canada and Mexico, likely will determine the level of prosperity for all of them and the scope of future influence of U.S. leadership in the world. This vision posits a continental North American Region that extends from Colombia to the Arctic and from Bermuda to Hawaii. 

This event is open to all Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students. RSVP is requested.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

National Security and Investment Screening in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Paul Rosen

Tue., Mar. 21, 2023 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security Paul Rosen will speak to the evolution of economic tools to protect national security, in particular the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Rosen will discuss how CFIUS conceptualizes risk, the most frequently identified national security risks in CFIUS cases, the importance of maintaining technological leadership in areas such as semiconductors and AI, and how CFIUS works with allies to promote investment security across borders. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and will address the Treasury hiring process and work opportunities for HKS graduates. Presented by the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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Paul Rosen serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.  Nominated by the President and confirmed with bipartisan support by the United States Senate on May 23, 2022, Mr. Rosen leads all operations and activities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the interagency Committee authorized by Congress to review certain foreign investment into U.S. businesses for national security risks.  He oversees the review of hundreds of transaction filings each year often amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars in investment activity and is responsible for managing the Committee’s recommendations to the President to suspend or prohibit transactions that threaten to impair the national security of the United States.  He also guides the Committee’s policy and international relations activities as well as the monitoring, compliance and enforcement of national security agreements executed to mitigate national security risk.​

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Regulating the Internet Superpowers: A Conversation with Steve Johnson

Thu., Feb. 23, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

The Internet equips users (including advertisers) with veritable superpowers—the power to shape shift (change identities), teleport (intercept other users wherever they are), and mind read (exploit data about others’ preferences)—that threaten the civilization of the Web. These powers disrupt our usual human defenses against misinformation, manipulation, unwanted targeting, trespass (hacking), or untrusted speech. Homeland Security Project Fellow Steve Johnson recommends a framework for Internet regulation that bridles these superpowers so that cyber citizens can self-govern on the Internet as effectively as they do in the terrestrial world.

Paper: https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/internet-superpowers

This event is open to all Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students. RSVP requested below.

 

Seminar - Harvard Students

Threatened Health Systems: Protecting, Recovering and Reconstructing Health Systems Disrupted by Armed Conflict and Other Civil Crises

Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Ofer Building - Ofer Building, Room 401

On Thursday, April 28th, the Belfer Center’s Security and Global Health Project will host Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux, Research Director for the Program in Global Public Policy and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, as part of its spring seminar series.

The event will consist of a seminar involving Dr. Bourdeaux hosted by Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security and Faculty Director of the Security and Global Health Project.

Amid the War in Ukraine, the seminar will discuss why health systems are important to protect during periods of civil crisis—and why they are such a tempting target for parties to a conflict. Dr. Bourdeaux will then focus on core strategies for protecting, recovering and reconstructing health systems that arise from the three major global health paradigms: international humanitarian law, the global health development movement, and the newer global health security/biosecurity initiatives.

This event will take place in hybrid format. Harvard students may register to attend in-person using the RSVP link below. To join the livestream, please register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErduirrzkiG9VkGoSqRwmzJ3JoPsQE4sj5 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Is there a Border “Crisis”? Status and Conditions of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Mon., Apr. 11, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Online

On Monday, April 11th, the Belfer Center’s Homeland Security Project will host Nate Bruggeman, former Counselor to the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as part of its spring seminar series.

The event will consist of a seminar involving Bruggeman hosted by Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security and Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project. The seminar will cover the status and conditions of the U.S. – Mexico border.