Presentations & Speeches

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Presentation - The Science Diplomacy Center

Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation: Arctic Science and Technology Advice with Ministries

| July 31, 2022

From February to March 2022, Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Fran Ulmer and Research Fellow Nadezhda Filimonova, alongside leaders of international Arctic research organizations and Arctic Indigenous peoples’ organizations, contributed to a three-part webinar series on international scientific cooperation in the Arctic. Insights from the webinar series were distilled into a Science Diplomacy Action report entitled "Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation: Arctic Science and Technology Advice with Ministries," which was published by the Science Diplomacy Center.

Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

State Department’s Learning Agenda Launch

June 30, 2022

The Learning Agenda is an unprecedented effort by the Department to institutionalize evidence-based learning and implement the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (“Evidence Act”). The Evidence Act requires federal agencies to develop a “learning agenda” – a systematic plan to answer a set of policy-relevant questions critical to achieving the agency’s strategic objectives. It will guide the Department’s efforts over the next four years across eight questions to increase the impact of U.S. foreign policy and bolster the Secretary of State’s modernization efforts.

This event featured a keynote address followed by a panel of foreign policy and evidence-building experts for a thoughtful discussion on addressing Learning Agenda Questions 1 and 2: How can the State Department improve the effectiveness of its diplomatic interventions to better advance foreign policy objectives? How can the Department improve the effectiveness and sustainability of its foreign assistance efforts?

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Dynamics of Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism Threats to Post-Soviet Russia

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| June 21, 2022

Simon Saradzhyan was invited to publicly brief the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee addressing the adequacy of strategies to prevent, counter, and respond to nuclear terrorism, and identify technical, policy, and resource gaps. The consensus study is a congressionally mandated analysis included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 1299I) sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy).  Nearly 60 stakeholders concerned about this topic from the Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, State Department, National Security Council, US Congress, the National Labs, and many non-governmental organizations were in attendance. The briefings are available at the NAS event website. Video of the presentation can be found here.

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

Remarks for the US-UK Scientific Forum on "Bringing Nature into Decision Making"

| June 17, 2022

Professor John P. Holdren made these remarks at the US-UK Scientific Forum on "Bringing Nature into Decision Making," a joint convening organized by the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences, in London, UK, on June 17, 2022.

John Holdren at podium

National Academy of Sciences

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

"Speaking Science to Power" - John Holdren's NAS Public Welfare Medal Acceptance Speech

| May 01, 2022

On May 1, 2022, John Holdren accepted the NAS Public Welfare Medal and delivered an address on the topic of "Speaking Science to Power" at the Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. 

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Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The African Story at a Time of Global Crisis | Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN

| Apr. 27, 2022

On April 26, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in partnership with the HKS Africa Caucus, hosted His Excellency Dr. Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to share his perspective on current global crises.  Ambassador Kimani made headlines earlier this year for his public rebuke of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a speech at the UN Security Council, demonstrating the powerful role Africa can play in global affairs, in a new era of great power competition.

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Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

India’s Evolving Role on the Global Stage

| Apr. 06, 2022

On April 6, 2022,  the Belfer Center's Future of Diplomacy Project and Indo-Pacific Security Project as well as the Center for Public Leadership hosted a hybrid seminar with Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor of India and former Foreign Secretary in India’s Ministry of External Affairs, and Ambassador Richard Verma, former U.S. Ambassador to India and Belfer Center Senior Fellow, on India’s foreign policy and U.S.-India relations in a changing world order. The discussion explored why India abstained from recent U.N. votes deploring Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, what that means for U.S.-India relations, both bilateral and through the Quad, and how the war in Ukraine will affect geopolitics in Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific. Gopal Nadadur, MPA/ID candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School moderated this conversation.

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Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Germany and Europe’s Reaction to the Ukraine Crisis: Implications for the West

Mar. 31, 2022

 

On March 31,  the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies hosted a discussion with Wolfgang Ischinger, former Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and Daniela Schwarzer, Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations, on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as the brutality of its action has caused an unexpected reversal of Germany’s long time security policy and led to strong reactions in the rest of Europe, NATO, and the posture of the Biden administration. The seminar examined the dimensions and consequences of these developments for the future of the EU and the West. Karl Kaiser, Senior Fellow at the Project on Europe, moderated.

Sesame Street event promo with muppets

Sesame Workshop

Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Cultural Diplomacy and Early Education: A Conversation with Sherrie Westin, President of Sesame Street

Mar. 24, 2022

On March 24, the Future of Diplomacy Project a seminar on cultural diplomacy with Sherrie Westin, President of Sesame Street.  For over fifty years, Sesame Street has proven itself capable of adapting to different cultures and celebrating diversity. This session examined how Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, uses the power of media and Muppets to bring proven, locally-tailored early education to millions of children around the world across languages and cultures, while addressing challenging topics like public health, HIV awareness, and the global refugee crisis.