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

Spring 2018 Belfer Center Newsletter

| Spring 2018

In this issue, we highlight our work with state and local elections officials across the country that led to our recently published Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) playbooks that include concrete suggestions to help campaign staff and election officials better safeguard critical systems and deter/respond to misinformation. Also in this newsletter, Belfer Center Director Ash Carter emphasizes the need for technologists to “steer technology in the direction of public good,” and a Belfer Center Elbe Group gathering in Moscow points to one area where the deeply divided U.S. and Russia might be able to work together. We also feature Harvard Kennedy School's student innovators who are tackling Arctic-related issues as part of the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative.

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

Building Cyber Defenses For U.S. Elections

| Spring 2018

Undaunted, a group of young civil servants is working directly with political operatives and state and local officials to fortify campaigns and elections against cyberattacks and information operations: Harvard Kennedy School students affiliated with the Belfer Center’s Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P).

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, then serving as U.S. Defense Secretary, arrives for a meeting of the North Atlantic Council Defence Ministers session at NATO headquarters in Brussels. October 26, 2016. (credit: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press/File)

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press/File

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

From the Director

| Spring 2018

There are over 7,800 think tanks in the world. Many cover international affairs. Far fewer study science and technology. Only the Belfer Center—recently named the world’s No. 1 university research center for the fifth year in a row—leverages both domains to build a more secure, peaceful world.

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

Israel Track-II Dialogue Connects Experts, Policymakers

| Spring 2018

The Belfer Center hosted the sixth annual U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue in November in partnership with Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). The dialogue was co-chaired by Professor Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Robert Danin, Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, and INSS’s Executive Director, Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin.

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

Track-II Conference: Northeast Asia in Strategic Transition

| Spring 2018

On November 9-11, Executive Director for Research Gary Samore hosted a Track II conference on “Northeast Asia in Strategic Transition” with participants from the U.S., Republic of Korea, and China.

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

Evaluating the Nuclear Posture Review

In February, the Pentagon released a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a comprehensive overview of the nation’s nuclear forces, their disposition, and plans for the future. Here, Belfer Center experts share their assessments of this NPR and the future of America’s nuclear capabilities.

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

As Climate Change Upends the Arctic, ‘Innovators’ Seek Solutions

    Author:
  • Jacob Carozza
| Spring 2018

Across the Arctic, rapid climate change is taking its toll. Melting ice and sea level rise are threatening entire communities. Areas rich in oil and gas are opening up to exploration, but the economic benefits often do not reach Arctic populations. For many, life in the Arctic is becoming more difficult each day.

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

Celebrating Calestous Juma

| Spring 2018

Calestous Juma died on December 15 following a long battle with cancer. He was Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He also directed the Center’s Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa
and Health Innovation Policy in Africa projects, and he taught highly popular executive education courses on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.