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October 2014

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Energy as a Tool of Foreign Policy

Brown Bag Lunch
Open to the Public - Nye A, Fifth Floor Taubman Building
October 20, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Brenda Shaffer, Professor, School of Political Science, University of Haifa

Related Project: International Security

The presentation will analyze the conditions under which states use energy trade to promote foreign policy goals, focusing on natural gas trade. It will discuss use of energy trade as a foreign policy tool by natural gas supplier, consumer, and transit states. The speaker will discuss the  interaction between natural gas trade and political relations between trading states.

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

 

Voice of America

"Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon" with Rola el-Husseini

Seminar
Open to the Public - Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building-5th Floor
October 20, 2014
4:00-5:30 p.m.

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

A seminar with Rola el-Husseini, Research Associate Professor at MEMAC, the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author of Pax Syriana.

 

Why China Cannot Rise Peacefully and What That Means for Japan

Seminar
Open to the Public - CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Mass., Room K262
October 21, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Discussant: Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University
Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics; Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

Related Project: International Security

Professor Mearsheimer will examine the current and future trends of China's economic and military modernization, based on his theory of offensive realism. He argues that if China's power continues to grow over the next few decades, it would attempt to establish control over East Asia as its own sphere of influence, leading to a conflict with the United States.

 

MG G.Harencak

For the Common Defense, Role of Nuclear Triad

Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
October 21, 2014
4:10-5:30 p.m.

Related Project: Defense and Intelligence

MG Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U. S. Air Force, Washington D.C. will speak on The Role of the Nuclear Triad Today.

 

DOE

Designing for Nuclear Values: An Ethical Perspective on Nuclear Reactor Design

Seminar
Open to the Public - Fainsod Room, Littauer-324
October 22, 2014

Speaker: Behnam Taebi, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, MTA/ISP

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

What is the Best Achievable Nuclear Reactor? Safety has always been a criterion for nuclear reactor design, but in addition to safety we design for security, sustainability, economic viability, as well as intergenerational justice. The evolution of nuclear reactor generations (I, II, III, III+ and IV) will be reviewed in this talk, led by MTA/ISP Research Fellow Behnam Taebi.

 

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Sanctions Backfire: Did Exports Deflection Help Iranian Exporters?

Seminar
Harvard students, staff, faculty - Littauer 332, Deland Classroom
October 22, 2014
2:30-4:00 p.m.

How effective have sanctions been in impacting Iranian exports? This presentation argues that exports sanctions may be less effective in a globalized world as exporters can deflect their exports from one export destination to another. Using highly dis-aggregated data about Iranian non-oil exports, it uncovers the existence, extent, and mechanism of Iranian exports deflection following the imposition of exports sanctions. It shows how exporter size, past export status, and pricing strategy matter in the process of exports deflection.

 

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"The Battle for Pluralism" with Marwan Muasher

Seminar
Open to the Public - Nye A, Fifth Floor Taubman Building
October 22, 2014
4:00-5:30 p.m.

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

A seminar with Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies and Director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

U.S. Army Europe

Military and Police Reform After Civil War: Political Survival and the Impact of Intervention on Postwar Security

Brown Bag Lunch
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
October 23, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Louis-Alexandre Berg, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Related Project: International Security

This seminar explores the politics of state-building to examine the effects of intervention on the governance of security forces. Viewing the security sector as a central component of state authority reveals how the nature of internal political threats shapes the way security forces are governed and the opportunities for external actors to influence them. The seminar will explore the implications of these findings for the study of violence and intervention in weak states and for the design and conduct of peacekeeping, stabilization, and security assistance programs.

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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ISIS: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Panel Discussion
Open to the Public - Not on the KSG Campus
October 23, 2014
3:15-4:45 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

A panel discussion with HLS Professor Noah Feldman and NPR International Correspondent Deborah Amos, moderated by HLS Professor Kristen Stilt. Hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.

 

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Middle East Film Series: "Giraffada" (Palestine, 2013)

Film
Open to the Public - Not on the KSG Campus
October 24, 2014
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

The Middle East Film Series, sponsored by the Middle East Initiative, is offering a select number of FREE tickets to a screening of Giraffada (Palestine, 2013), presented by the Boston Palestine Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Click on the link above to enter the full description for more details on the film and how to obtain tickets.

 

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