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

HKS Arctic Initiative Response: Priorities for Norway’s Chairship of the Arctic Council

| Mar. 31, 2023

On March 31 at the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska, the government of Norway presented its program for Norway’s upcoming Chairship of the Arctic Council. In response, John Holdren, Co-Director of the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, issued the following statement of support.

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Press Release

Harvard Students Visit West Virginia to Listen and Learn About Coalfield Transition

Mar. 29, 2023

 The Future of Coal Regions Study Group, co-sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Wiener Center's Reimagining the Economy Project, will travel to coalfield regions in West Virginia on a trek led by Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Resident Fellow 2022 and former West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

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News - The Insider

Putin's recent nuclear deployment aimed at fueling “nuclear anxieties” in the West and tightening control over Belarus, experts say

| Mar. 27, 2023

Dr. Mariana Budjeryn, Senior Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center:

The announcement of Russia’s decision to deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus is the continuation of Russia’s tactic to use nuclear saber-rattling to induce nuclear anxieties in the West. In terms of military utility, Russian nuclear deployments to Belarus don’t change anything. Russia has plenty of bases, delivery systems and nuclear weapons deployed on its own territory, some of them very close to the Ukrainian border, that could serve the same mission as anything deployed to Belarus. So the move is purely political.  

Dr. Stephen Herzog, Senior Researcher, ETH Zurich, Center for Security Studies:

Putin's statement about moving Russian tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus is, of course, concerning. The forward deployment of nuclear weapons to regions close to conflict zones increases risks of escalation, nuclear weapons use, and misperception. Although, there is no evidence yet that the Kremlin has moved any of its arsenal to Belarus. But I expect to see reports from open-source intelligence analysts in the near- to medium-term future tracking any potential movement of warheads from Russia to Belarus.

ARCADE cohort at Arctic Frontiers Conference

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‘Deeply Enriching’: Kennedy School Students Build Leadership Skills, Connections at Arctic Frontiers

| Mar. 24, 2023

In January, Harvard Kennedy School students Jonny Yau (MPP 2024) and Stirling Haig (MPP 2024) traveled to Tromsø, Norway, for a week-long intensive workshop hosted by the Arctic Academy for Social and Environmental Leadership (ARCADE). As part of the workshop, Yau and Haig joined Arctic Initiative team members at the 2023 Arctic Frontiers Conference, an annual meeting of scientists, policymakers, and business leaders focused on sustainable development in the Arctic.

Ash Carter on the JFK Jr. Forum stage with Ukraine President Zelenskyy on the large screen above him.

Martha Stewart

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

Belfer Center Annual Report 2022

Mar. 13, 2023

“I invite you now to share my optimistic outlook as we turn the first page of the new calendar year. We demonstrated remarkable resilience as we adjusted to two challenging years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Operations have found a new normal, in-person events have resumed, and students are back on campus.”

Ukrainian soldiers walk by the graves of fellow soldiers lined with Ukrainian flags and flower wreaths.

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

The War in Ukraine at One Year: Belfer Center Perspectives

Feb. 24, 2023

Marking one year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Belfer Center this week hosted Ukraine’s Foreign Minister for a discussion of the war and its significance for Ukraine and the world. In this special feature, we include video from Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba’s conversation with the Center’s Eric Rosenbach and Paula Dobriansky. We also include a report card on the war from Graham Allison and Kate Davidson, a policy brief from the Sexual Violence in Conflict project, interviews that highlight perspectives from the people of Ukraine and Russia, and new insights and perspectives from a range of experts on how the war is impacting global order as well as regions and people around the globe.

News - International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Shares Insights on the War and Ukrainian Determination

Feb. 23, 2023

The Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School hosted a virtual conversation with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Wednesday (Feb. 22) to discuss the war in Ukraine as it reaches a full year since Russia's invasion. 

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

Riikka Karppinen Joins Arctic Initiative’s International Advisory Board

| Feb. 21, 2023

Riikka Karppinen, a prominent youth leader, environmental activist, and politician from Finnish Lapland, has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of Harvard Kennedy School’s Arctic Initiative. As a Board member, Karppinen will leverage her substantial expertise in nature conservation, policymaking, activism, and communication to help the Arctic Initiative advance its research and education goals and train the next generation of interdisciplinary Arctic experts and leaders.

Meghan O'Sullivan against a blue background.

Martha Stewart

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

Harvard Kennedy School Names Meghan L. O’Sullivan Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Feb. 21, 2023

Harvard Kennedy School has named Meghan L. O’Sullivan Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, effective July 2023.


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News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Methane Emissions Research Project, Led by HPCA Director Robert Stavins, Receives Salata Institute Grant

  • Doug Gavel
| Feb. 14, 2023

A major project on methane emissions, led by Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Director Robert Stavins, is the recipient of one of five inaugural grants for cross-disciplinary, solutions-focused projects tackling the challenges posed by global climate change — awarded by Harvard’s Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability. The grants were announced on Monday (February 13).