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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Defending Digital Democracy Releases New Playbooks for States to Counter Election Cyberattacks and Information Operations

Feb. 13, 2018

Defending Digital Democracy (D3P), the bipartisan project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, released three new playbooks today in its mission to help campaign and election officials defend themselves against cyberattacks and information operations aimed at undermining trust in the American election system.

Salam Fayyad speaking at an event in the West Bank.

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Event Video: Salam Fayyad "For Palestinians the Quest for Freedom Begins with Empowerment"

| Feb. 12, 2018

Remarks by
Dr. Salam Fayyad
Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority (2007-2013)
Minister of Finance, Palestinian Authority (2002-2005, 2007)
International Monetary Fund Resident Representative, West Bank and Gaza Strip (1996-2001)
Senior Fellow, The Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Melani Cammett (Moderator)
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Dept. of Government, Harvard University Faculty Affiliate, Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Commissioner, Lancet Commission on Syria

AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno

AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno

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Event Podcast: Ali Ahmad "Does the Middle East Really Need Nuclear Power?"

Feb. 08, 2018

Audio recording of a February 08, 2018 MEI Seminar with Ali Ahmad, Scholar In-Residence and Director, Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut.

Syrian refugees leave Iraq to Syria to reunite with their families at a bus station in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

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Inside the Middle East Q&A: Maha Yahya on the Safe Return of Syrian Refugees

Feb. 06, 2018

Maha Yahya, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, sits down with Niku Jafarnia, Co-editor for Migration and Refugees at the Harvard Journal for Middle Eastern Politics and Policy and a student at Harvard Law School, to discuss the conditions needed for the eventual safe return of Syrian refugees and the current dynamics of domestic rhetoric around refugees in host countries, involuntary returns, “safe zones,” and shifting territorial control within Syria.

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter attend the unveiling ceremony for Carter’s official portrait in the Pentagon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.. February 2, 2018 (U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Department of Defense). Keywords: Ash Carter, Jim Mattis, portrait, Pentagon, Amber I. Smith, Department of Defense

U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Department of Defense

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Ash Carter Honored with Official Portrait at Pentagon Ceremony

| Feb. 02, 2018

Ash Carter, America’s 25th Secretary of Defense and Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, was honored with the unveiling of his official portrait at the Pentagon today. At a ceremony featuring current Secretary of Defense James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Senator Richard Lugar, former member of Congress Jane Harman, British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch, and other dignitaries, Carter was recognized for 35 years of extraordinary service to the nation.

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Press Release - Harvard Divinity School

HDS/HKS Initiative Will Study Religion, Conflict, and Peace

Jan. 31, 2018

Religion is a powerful influence on human affairs, nowhere more visibly than in its capacity to help both ignite and resolve conflict. Now a new collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School will enable scholars to study the role that religious communities play in violent conflict—and in promoting sustainable peace.