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

New Report Focuses on NATO at Seventy: An Alliance in Crisis

| Feb. 14, 2019

As the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) approaches, the world’s oldest and most successful military alliance of democratic nations faces serious and complex challenges to its purpose, effectiveness, and unity in 2019. In a new report to be launched at the Munich Security Conference February 15, 2019, former U.S. Permanent Representatives to NATO Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns highlight ten major challenges to NATO in a new report, NATO at Seventy: An Alliance in Crisis, and offer recommendations to bolster this critically important alliance.

Announcement - International Security Program

Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellowship: Application Deadline is January 25, 2019

Jan. 09, 2019

The International Security Program and the Security Studies Program at MIT invite applications for two-year pre- or post-doctoral fellowships in Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft. The program is open to applicants from political science, history, and other relevant disciplines. It is intended to support research addressing fundamental issues of U.S. grand strategy, foreign policy, and America's role in the world. Projects that are likely to broaden the contemporary debate on these topics are of particular interest. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 25, 2019. Awards will be announced in March 2019.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter walks with Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, in Baghdad, July 11, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee

Department of Defense

Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Counter-ISIS Commander Sean MacFarland Named Belfer Center Senior Fellow

May 10, 2018

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs today named Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Sean B. MacFarland a non-resident Senior Fellow. General MacFarland, who most recently led the victorious campaign against ISIS forces in northern Iraq and Syria, will share his lessons on leadership, the Middle East, and US foreign policy with students, faculty, and staff.

Nicholas Burns speaks at Bates College on March 29

Theophil Syslo/Bates College

News - Bates College

Former NATO Ambassador: Global Leadership is More Important Than Ever

| Mar. 30, 2018

The essence of global politics today, said career diplomat and Harvard professor Nicholas Burns in a speech at Bates College, is that no country can go it alone.

Issues like climate change, public health crises, the threat of chemical and nuclear weapons, and cyber attacks are transnational problems requiring transnational solutions. But while a global mindset is more necessary than ever, the United States’ highest leaders are drawing back from the world.

“We’re led by the first president since the 1920s who doesn’t believe that the United States has a fundamental responsibility to help the world be knit together, to be the first responders, to cope with the big problems and the small problems,” Burns said to a Bates audience on March 29.

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

In Memoriam: Chuck Cogan, Longtime International Security Program Associate

| Jan. 03, 2018

Dr. Charles G. "Chuck" Cogan, an International Security Program associate since 2006, died peacefully in his sleep on December 14, 2017 at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a frequent participant over the years in ISP seminars and other Center events, contributing his insights and anecdotes from his long career as a Central Intelligence Agency officer and his subsequent career as a historian.

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

New Fellowship in Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft

Nov. 17, 2017

The International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Security Studies Program at MIT are pleased to announce two year pre- or post-doctoral fellowships in Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft.