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Newsmakers

Spring 2004

Graham Allison presented a terrorism "report card" to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January. He warned that governments must do more to safeguard nuclear weapons that are vulnerable to theft and sale to terrorists.

 

Robert Blackwill, member of the center's Board of Directors and Bush Administration special envoy to Iraq, has been asked by UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to assist him and Civil Administrator of Iraq L. Paul Bremer in recommending makeup of the interim government scheduled to take office June 30.

 

Lewis Branscomb, Emeritus Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and member of the center's Board of Directors, delivered the keynote lecture in February at the First US-Japan Workshop on Science and Technology for a Secure and Safe Society. His presentation was entitled "International Cooperation in Research and Innovation to Counter Catastrophic Terrorism."

 

Ashton B. Carter, Co-Director of the Preventive Defense Project, was a delegate to the 40th Munich Conference on Security Policy, held February 6-8. Dr. Carter met with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other experts to discuss the conflict with Iraq, war on terrorism, the future of NATO and other security challenges.

 

Richard Clarke, Belfer Center Faculty Affiliate and Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School, testified before the 9/11 Commission that the Bush White House did not view terrorism as an "urgent priority" prior to 9/11 despite numerous warnings. Clarke, who was President Bush's top terrorism advisor until he resigned in 2002, also made that case in his recent book, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror.

 

Steve Fetter, affiliate of the Managing the Atom Project, has been awarded an American Institute of Physics fellowship to spend next year in the office of Dr. George Atkinson, Science Advisor to the Secretary of State. A physicist by training, Fetter was previously a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow in the State Department.

 

Jendayi Frazer, former Asst. Professor of Public Policy with the Belfer Center, has been nominated by President Bush to the position of Ambassador to South Africa. Frazer is currently Special Assistant to President Bush and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. As of press time, her nomination is pending in Congress.

John Holdren, Director of the center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, has been named to the International Task Force on Climate Change, a group established to address the threat of global climate change. Launched by the Center for American Progress in Washington, the Institute for Public Policy Research in London, and the Australia Institute in Canberra, the task force held its first meeting in March.

 

Bonnie Jenkins, a joint Managing the Atom and International Security Program Fellow with the Belfer Center, was one of a select group of individuals named to serve as a member of the staff of the 9/11 Commission. An attorney and a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserves, Jenkins previously served as General Counsel with the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

 

Calestous Juma, Director of the center's Science, Technology and Globalization Project, has been appointed chair of the Committee to Address Global Issues of Agricultural Biotechnology at the National Academies. The new committee will focus on the potential of genetically-modified food groups to address global health, poverty and socioeconomic concerns.

 

Matthew Meselson, member of the center's Board of Directors and Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard, delivered the prestigious Linus Pauling Peace Lecture in May at Oregon State University. His lecture was entitled "Averting the Hostile Exploitation of Biology."

 

Robert Rotberg, Director of the center's Intrastate Conflict Program, has been named Interim Executive Director of the African Leadership Council. The Council, comprised of current and former African leaders, recently completed a landmark Code of Leadership, the first such document to set out specific components of good governance for Africa.

Brenda Shaffer, Caspian Studies Program Research Director, was honored in April by the Republic of Azerbaijan's National Academy of Sciences. The Academy formally recognized Shaffer's book, Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity, a study of Azerbaijani identity, culture and modern history.

 

Robert Stavins, a member of the center's Board of Directors and Director of the Environmental Economics Program at Harvard, has accepted an assignment as a regular columnist for the nation's leading magazine for environmental lawyers, The Environmental Forum. His column, "An Economic Perspective," will appear in each of the six annual issues of the publication, beginning in the May/June 2004 issue.

 

Dorothy Shore Zinberg, Faculty Associate in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, was a key participant in a Ditchley Foundation conference in Oxford, England in February to explore the potential of the human genome to help develop vaccines for HIV/AIDS and other epidemics.

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