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

Belfer Center Fall 2022 Newsletter

| Fall 2022

In this Fall 2022 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter, our main feature focuses on Ash Carter and his legacy. Following Ash’s sudden death in October, tributes and remembrances poured in from current and former government officials and colleagues, students, and friends. Their many stories describe Ash’s impact on the country and on the people with whom he came in contact. Be sure to take a look at these moving remembrances. 

You will also see in this all-digital newsletter some of the breadth and depth of the Center’s output, from continuing research and insights into the war in Ukraine and related nuclear threats, to security possibilities of open source intelligence, a 2022 review of cyber power in 30 countries, and new ideas to lessen climate change impacts in the Arctic and around the world. And there’s much more about the critical work the Center is doing in pursuit of a more secure and peaceful world.

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

Student-Focused Events Add Depth to Learning

Fall 2022

The Belfer Center is pleased to support a number of events organized by and/or for students at Harvard Kennedy School and the greater Harvard community. Activities this semester ranged from several defense, diplomacy, and development events to the 14th German American Conference and "Ask Me Anything" conversations with current and former members of the U.S. State Department and other organizations.

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

Series Explores AI and Algorithm Regulations and Practices

| Fall 2022

This fall, the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) brought back the popular AI Cyber Lunch seminar series to explore issues at the forefront of technology and, increasingly, public policy. The hybrid seminar series, organized by Cyber Project Fellow and HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy Bruce Schneier and STPP Fellow Cathy O’Neil, brought a wide range of speakers to Harvard Kennedy School to discuss how new and emerging technologies can be harnessed to enhance, rather than harm, society.

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

The Legacy of Ash Carter

| Fall 2022

As tributes and memories poured in following the sudden death of Belfer Center Director Ash Carter on October 24, it became increasingly clear that his legacy of teaching and serving will live on through the students he taught, colleagues he mentored and worked alongside, and the many individuals whose lives he touched during his work in and out of government. 

Here, through the words of students, colleagues, government officials, and others, we share something of the incredible impact of this extraordinary man known as “Professor Carter,” “Secretary Carter,” “Sir,” and just “Ash.” 

This image released on Thursday, April 14, 2022 by Ukraine's Defense Ministry reportedly shows Russian military vehicles heading toward Izyum, on a blown up bridge in Kharkiv region, Ukraine. News organizations are using sophisticated new technologies to transform the way they conduct investigations. Much of it is publicly available, or “open-source” material from mobile phones, satellite images and security cameras. 

Ukraine Defense Ministry via AP, File

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Open Source Intelligence for National Security: The Art of the Possible

| Fall 2022

The war in Ukraine was a wake-up call regarding the ability of non-state actors, such as Bellingcat, to glean valuable information from open-source data. On November 1, 2022, the Intelligence Project hosted a highly praised virtual discussion with private sector experts who tackle national security problems using publicly-available data and artificial intelligence.

Advancing Resilience in Arctic Communities: International Workshop on Indigenous Youth Leadership

| Fall 2022

Historically, Indigenous Peoples have been excluded from decision-making processes involving the land and resources on which they depend. In the face of drastic Arctic climate change, the empowerment of these communities has become urgent. In August, the Arctic Initiative co-sponsored workshops in Norway aimed at empowering Arctic Indigenous youth leaders.

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Korea Project Conference Focuses on Complex Security Dynamics in Northeast Asia

| Fall 2022

A Belfer Center conference with the Seoul-based East Asia Institute (EAI) focused on U.S. priorities concerning the region’s security concerns amid other pressing global security challenges. Participants discussed impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war on the region and how to bolster U.S.-ROK cooperation on regional nuclear nonproliferation governance in light of the growing nuclear arsenals in China and North Korea.

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Preventing Another Cuban Missile Crisis

| Fall 2022

The Belfer Center’s Project on Managing the Atom, Intelligence Project, and Applied History Project organized a day-long conference in October to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis and to discuss what we’ve learned from the CMC. Managing the Atom’s Mariana Budjeryn discusses the relevance of those lessons for today’s conflict in Ukraine.

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

Two Views on Green Hydrogen: Possibilities and Challenges for a Carbon-Free Future

| Fall 2022

The Environment and Natural Resources Program’s Future of Hydrogen project published several papers this year investigating renewable hydrogen production, use, and trade between countries. In the following interview, Senior Fellow Nicola De Blasio and Research Fellow Laima Eicke share their insights on green hydrogen's growing economic and political momentum.