Middle East & North Africa

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Lihi Ben Shitrit speaking at her seminar

Belfer Center/Sharon Wilke

Lihi Ben Shitrit: Preventing Self-Identity from Interfering with Research

    Author:
  • Hannah Ebanks
| Spring 2019

Born and raised in Israel, Ben Shitrit describes “identity” experiences like this as “powerful and good” because they compelled her to ensure that her own beliefs not interfere with her research. During two years of fieldwork in Israel and the West Bank, she focused on the Jewish settler movement, the ultra-Orthodox Shas, the Islamic Movement in Israel, and the Palestinian Hamas. Her resulting book was Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right. 

Iran's heavy water nuclear facility

AP Photo/ISNA/Hamid Foroutan

Iran's Secret Nuclear Documents

| Spring 2019

In mid-January, a team of scholars from the Belfer Center’s Intelligence and Managing the Atom Projects traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to examine samples of, and receive briefings on, an archive of documents related to Iran’s nuclear weapons program that a clandestine Israeli intelligence operation spirited out of Iran in early 2018. The Belfer team’s forthcoming report will explore both the conclusions that can be drawn and the mysteries that remain.

Wendy Sherman, Belfer Center Senior Fellow and forthcoming Director of the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, answers a question from a student during a JFK Jr. Forum focusing on Sherman’s career as a diplomat and negotiator.

Martha Stewart

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

Q&A: Wendy Sherman

| Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Ambassador and Belfer Center Senior Fellow Wendy R. Sherman, the former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, will lead HKS’s Center for Public Leadership and become a professor of the practice of public leadership in January. Sherman, who negotiated with the North Koreans and the Iranians on nuclear issues, is the author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence.

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh: The Importance of Science in Negotiating and Policymaking

    Author:
  • Isha Marathe
| Fall/Winter 2018-2019

When it comes to U.S.-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, and all of its implications, think tanks like the Belfer Center are at times of vital importance in assisting policymakers in conducting thorough investigations of key issues, Sahar Nowrouzzadeh says.

Mosaic 2018 Cover

Andrew Facini

- Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center

Middle East Initiative Mosaic 2017-2018

| December 20, 2018

The 2017-2018 issue of the Middle East Initiative Mosaic newsletter highlights MEI programs and activities during the academic year. This year's issue features the innovative and exciting work of students, fellows, faculty, and staff on public policy issues in the Middle East, including a focus on the community of scholars at MEI and stories on our faculty research program, alumni connections, students' experiences, and more!

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

Celebrating Nicholas Burns’ Tenure as Faculty Chair, 2010-2018

| Dec. 20, 2018

On June 18, 2018, Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, o cially passed the baton to his successor as MEI Faculty Chair, Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations. is transition concluded eight years of leadership, during which both the Middle East and MEI experienced profound transformations. From the time he assumed the role of faculty chair in 2010, Burns and Direc- tor Hilary Rantisi partnered to foster exponential growth in students, programs, community, and reach.

John P. White

John P. White

Remembering Former Faculty Chair John P. White

| Dec. 20, 2018

On September 3, 2017, MEI joined the Belfer Center and Harvard Kennedy School communities in mourning the loss of former MEI Faculty Chair John P. White, who passed away at the age of 80. A former U.S. Deputy Secre- tary of Defense, Harvard Kennedy School Professor, and member of the Belfer Center’s Board of Directors, White was remembered most poignantly as a “dear friend and close colleague,” by Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and all who knew and worked with him.

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We Are Here

| Dec. 20, 2018

We spoke with two Emirates Leadership Initiative Student Degree Fellows, Mariam Balfaqeh and Tarek Zeidan, about their time as a fellow at Harvard, and their plans after graduation. The Emirates Leadership Initiative Student Degree Fellowship was established by the United Arab Emirates to support students from the UAE and other Arab countries who have demonstrated interest in developing leadership and public management skills.

Dubai's skyline robed in early morning fog.

Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo

Emirates Leadership Initiative

| Dec. 20, 2018

Generously supported by the government of the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Leadership Initiative (ELI) at Harvard Kennedy School concluded its fourth year in 2018. Facilitated jointly by the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at HKS, HKS Executive Education, and MEI, the program connects students, fellows, and faculty to the UAE and the broader Middle East every year at Harvard and in the region through four key activities: the Graduate Student Fellowship, the Research Program, Executive Education, and the UAE Policy Field Experience. MEI primarily supports the Research Program and takes an active role in the Graduate Student Fellowship and the Policy Field Experience with CPL. ELI thrives on the shared mission of preparing emerging leaders from the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East to confront the region’s public policy issues through a multi-pronged approach that goes beyond traditional academic coursework.

Allison Hartnett

Allison Hartnett

A Front Seat to the Social Contract

| Dec. 20, 2018

During the 2017-2018 academic year, MEI hosted six research fellows supported by the Emirates Leadership Initiative. The fellows – including two doctoral candidates and four postdoctoral researchers – conducted independent research projects, presented their ongoing work to the
public, participated in several MENA-focused seminars and workshops, and contributed to the broader Harvard community through other events, activities and collaborations. We sat down with pre-doctoral research fellow Allison Spencer Hartnett to discuss her research on autocracy, colonialism, and land reform in the Middle East, her time at MEI, and her research agenda moving forward. Follow her on Twitter @as_hartnett.