254 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Intelligence Project Series: Russia’s New Army

Wed., Sep. 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Russia has transformed its military from one based on conscription and mass mobilization to one that is “professional” with ready active-duty forces that field more maneuver units than the US. With new weapons designed to asymmetrically counter US advantages, a “hybrid” war capability that has been employed in the Crimea and Ukraine, and increased use of private military organizations such as the Wagner Group, Russia poses a complex and formidable military challenge.

This discussion with Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan, the founding director of Belfer’s Defense and Intelligence Project and the Elbe Group, will provide a fascinating and important look at the current state of the Russian Armed Forces. The session will weave current video clips of Russian maneuvers and training together with facts and insights obtained by personal contact with Russian active duty and retired officers.  Ryan served as the U.S. Defense Attache in Moscow, and has been working on the Soviet and Russian military since 1980.  In February, he led a group of retired military experts in delivering a month-long course on the Russian military for the US Army Europe and Africa Command.

This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/YoewT5x5cpU9z4bA6 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

 

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Intelligence Project Series - Havana Syndrome: American Officials under Attack

Tue., Sep. 28, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Amidst mystery, secrecy, and denial it appears that American intelligence officers, military personnel, and diplomats are under a sustained attack which has left officials and family members suffering traumatic neurological injury. Incidents in Havana first came to public light in 2016, but since then the scale and breadth of these mysterious events has accelerated, leaving grievously injured officers and shaken agencies.

As the U.S. government and intelligence community scrambles to determine the source and reason for these attacks, it is becoming clear that clear that the answers to the investigation will raise profound policy issues. Can a cause and culprit be identified? What technology is being used, and for what purpose? What should the U.S. policy response be in reaction to these assaults?

Join the Intelligence Project for a discussion with former CIA officer Marc Polymeropoulos and New Yorker journalist Adam Entous on these questions and more. This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe.

For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here:  https://forms.gle/Q2g866X4xBb93kUZ8
If selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Gulf and a World in Transition: A Conversation with Bahraini Ambassador to the US Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Wed., Sep. 22, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project for a conversation with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, on Wednesday, September 22 in the Alison Dining Room or via Zoom. Topics will include the history and current status of the Abraham Accords, the landmark establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the UAE with the State of Israel. The Ambassador will also discuss the impact on Bahrain and the Gulf of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and will provide a perspective on the most significant security challenges faced by Bahrain, to include views of Covid, Climate Change, and the roles and influence in the Gulf of Iran, Russia, China, and Turkey.

This conversation will be moderated by Director of the Intelligence Project, Paul Kolbe. For limited in-person attendance, (first 50 students to sign up) please register here: https://forms.gle/daNaE2m51qpXeWA66 if selected you will received a confirmation email. 

To join via Zoom, please register below.

This event is closed to Harvard students, fellows and faculty and is NOT open to the public. 

Mourners place flowers and pictures in the name cut-out of Kyung Hee (Casey) Cho at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

Conference - Open to the Public

9/11: Intelligence and National Security Twenty Years Later

Fri., Sep. 10, 2021 | 9:00am - 4:30pm

9/11: Intelligence and National Security Twenty Years Later is a full-day conference sponsored by the Intelligence Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. This will be a Zoom webinar with speakers and moderators participating in person.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Intelligence Project Series - America’s Retreat From Afghanistan: What’s Next?

Wed., Sep. 8, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Online

With departure of the last U.S. C-17 from Kabul on August 30th, 2021, the United States closed out the longest war in its history with a conclusion that was frustrating for all, and bitter for many. After winning battle after battle in the field, the United States lost the political struggle, no longer willing to bear the costs of fighting for goals that once seemed attainable, but were always out of reach.

Questions on what our Afghanistan withdrawal means are being asked and examined around the world. Will the Taliban in 2021 govern differently that 1996? Will new terrorist threats arise in South Asia? Will global al Qaida and ISIS be reinvigorated? Will America’s withdrawal prove to be a strategic pivot which will strengthen America’s ability to face more central challenges, or will it reflect America’s Suez moment? 

To consider these questions and others, please join the Belfer Center’s Intelligence Project in a special Zoom Webinar which will feature Intelligence Project Fellows and staff offering their views and perspective based on decades of dealing with intelligence operations and analysis in Afghanistan.

 Please register via Zoom Webinar link below.

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Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

New Data Solutions for the China S&T Challenge

Wed., May 19, 2021 - Thu., May 20, 2021

Online

On Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20 at 8 a.m. EDT, join us for an online workshop hosted by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center Intelligence Project, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Innovation Initiative, and The Center for Advanced Defense Studies.

This two-day conference will bring together practitioners from academia, industry, government, and civil society for the first time to begin charting concrete solutions to problems hindering the adoption of data into defense and intelligence awareness.

This event is by invitation only. Advance registration required. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Middle East Security Establishments and Social Reform

Wed., May 12, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

Across the Middle East, the security sector has exercised substantial influence over media, education, and religious institutions, often to the detriment of their societies and American interests. Could they instead become a force for positive reform, and what role might their American allies play in helping them? Please join the Intelligence and Defense Projects for a seminar with Middle East expert Joseph Braude, who will discuss these issues and provide a number of policy suggestions.

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Navigating a Career in National Security: A Mother/Daughter Perspective with Sue Gordon and KC Koepp

Thu., May 6, 2021 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Online

The Belfer Center's Intelligence Project, Amazing Women of the Intelligence Community (AWIC) and the Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development will host a fireside chat with Senior Fellow Sue Gordon and her daughter, KC Koepp. 

Advance registration required. This event will be capped at 50 participants to allow for intimate conversation and Q&A. 

Cattle graze in a pasture against a backdrop of wind turbines which are part of the 155-turbine Smoky Hill Wind Farm near Vesper, Kansas.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Conference - Open to the Public

Climate Change, Intelligence, and Global Security

Fri., Apr. 23, 2021 | 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Online

Climate Change, Intelligence, and Global Security is a half-day conference co-sponsored by the Intelligence Project and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs along with the Center for Climate and Security. 

Headlined by John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the conference will directly follow the April 22/23 Earth Day Leaders Climate Summit, and will emphasize the critical need for international cooperation and global leadership to collectively address the security threats posed by the climate crisis. We will convene senior climate experts, current and former intelligence officers, and leaders in the private sector and academia to facilitate productive dialogue and innovative solutions for combating the climate crisis. The four panels will examine climate change from a security perspective, discuss the role of the intelligence community in monitoring and mitigating the threats posed by climate change, explore new ways of thinking about international intelligence cooperation, and examine the role and contributions of the private sector.

This conference is virtual, open to the public, and free to attend.  Advanced registration is required. Please register individually for each session. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Afghanistan: What’s Next?

Wed., Apr. 21, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Please join the Intelligence and Defense projects for a session with former National Directorate of Security Director Rahmatullah Nabil and Former Associate Deputy Director of the CIA for Operations (ADDO) Bruce Valentine. Rahmatullah and Valentine will discuss the Afghan peace process, Istanbul conference, the implications of plans for full U.S. troop withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021, and the future of Afghanistan. The discussion will look at building the service from scratch post 9-11, general liaison activities/operations during the conflict, and the confluence of intelligence service activities, allied and adversary, across Afghanistan. This talk will be moderated by Belfer Center Intelligence Project Director Paul Kolbe.