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November 2014

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"Assessing the Policies of Oil Rich States of the Gulf toward Development: Growth vs. Merit" with Abbas Al-Mejren

Seminar
Open to the Public - Nye A, Fifth Floor Taubman Building
November 20, 2014
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Related Projects: Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A seminar with Kuwait University Professor of Economics and Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative, Abbas Al-Mejren.

*Lunch will be provided.

 

Security Policy Analysis in Revolutionary States: The Case of Iran

Brown Bag Lunch
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
November 20, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Mahsa Rouhi, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami

Related Project: International Security

How can scholars and policymakers effectively explain security decisions in revolutionary states or states where religion or ideology influences security policies? The lack of an adequate approach has led to misunderstandings and occasionally claims that the decision-making process in these states is inexplicable. The presentation explores the security decisions of the Islamic Republic of Iran by proposing a new model for analyzing decisions in revolutionary states.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

 

European Jihadists in ISIS: An Analysis of the Threat Based on the German Case

Director's Seminar
RSVP required - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
November 20, 2014
2:30-4:00 p.m.

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will host a Director's Seminar with Georg Mascolo in the Belfer Library (L369).

 

National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Era of Fear

Director's Seminar
RSVP required - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
November 20, 2014
4:30-6:00 p.m.

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Seminar with David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of the FP Group, in the Belfer Library (L369).

 

Between an Elusive Peace and a Haunting War

Forum Event
Open to the Public
November 20, 2014
6:00 p.m.-

Robert McNamara Lecture on War and Peace

Presented by Mohamed ElBaradei, Director GeneralEmeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency

 

Defense and Intelligence Seminar with Stephen R. Covington

Seminar
Harvard students, staff, faculty - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
November 21, 2014
12:15-1:45 p.m.

Related Project: Defense and Intelligence

Stephen R. Covington, Strategic and International Affairs Adviser to SACEUR Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, will talk on The Meaning of Russia's Military Campaign Against Ukraine – the View from NATO.

 

The Great WWI Controversy: Who Was to Blame?

Non-Belfer Event

Panel Discussion
Harvard students, staff, faculty - Center for European Studies (CES
November 24, 2014
2:15-4:00 p.m.

The Great WWI Controversy: Who Was to Blame?
A Panel Discussion on the Centennial

The origins of the First World War have aroused deep controversy for decades. On the centennial of the war, there is renewed interest in revisiting its origins. Was Germany to blame? Did Europe’s statesmen sleepwalk to war? In this panel discussion, leading historians and IR experts will weigh in on the debate and offer lessons for avoiding another great power conflict.

December 2014

The Timeline of Technology

Director's Luncheon
RSVP required
December 1, 2014
12:15-1:45 p.m.

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Charles F. McMillan, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

 

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Beyond Emboldenment: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons on State Foreign Policy

Seminar
Open to the Public - Fainsod Room, Littauer-324
December 3, 2014
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Mark Bell, MTA/ISP Research Fellow

Related Projects: Science, Technology, and Public Policy, International Security, Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

What happens to the foreign policies of states when they acquire nuclear weapons? This presentation will offer a new typology of the effects of nuclear weapons on foreign policy. The typology allows scholars to move beyond simple claims of “nuclear emboldenment,” and allows for more nuanced predictions and empirical examinations of the ways in which nuclear weapons affect the foreign policies of current and future nuclear states. In this seminar, MTA/ISP Research Fellow Mark Bell will demonstrate the utility of this typology using a “hard” case: the United Kingdom.

 

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U.S. Air Force Nuclear Operations: A Period of Change

Brown Bag Lunch
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
December 4, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Brandon Parker, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Related Projects: International Security, Managing the Atom, Science, Technology, and Public Policy

In this seminar, Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Parker will provide an overview of U.S. Air Force nuclear operations to include the bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) missions. He will also discuss the Air Force's ongoing Force Improvement Program implemented in early 2014 to strengthen the organizational culture of the nuclear forces. As a previous commander of a nuclear-capable bomber unit, Brandon Parker will share his unique insight about the nuclear mission, its challenges, and the likelihood of the improvement program's success.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

 

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