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February 2015

IAEA

IAEA Safeguards and the State-Level Concept: The Next Evolution

Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
February 4, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Laura Rockwood

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

In this Project on Managing the Atom Seminar, Senior Research Fellow Laura Rockwood will provide an overview of IAEA Safeguards and the State-Level Concept. Ms. Rockwood served in the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA from 1985-2013. For over 28 years, Ms. Rockwood was involved in all aspects of the drafting, negotiating and advising on the interpretation and implementation of IAEA safeguards agreements and protocols, and resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council. In 2004, she was appointed Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs.

 

And Then What? Imagining the Middle East if Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Fail

Luncheon
Harvard students, staff, faculty - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
February 4, 2015
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Related Projects: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, The Iran Project, Managing the Atom

As nuclear negotiations with Iran go into their second year, and the US congress considers a new sanctions bill, the chances of reaching a comprehensive settlement are highly uncertain. The number of regional and global actors with stakes in Iran’s nuclear trajectory means that a failure of negotiations would have far-reaching consequences. Different scenarios leading to the breakdown of talks could produce distinct pathways for the aftermath of diplomatic failure. In particular, whether or not negotiations end with the P5+1 united or divided will affect the prospects of further multilateral sanctions, as well as the behavior of Iran and its regional rivals.  The panel will examine these scenarios, and consider the consequences of a collapse of the negotiations for Iran’s nuclear policy, for regional politics and security, and for relations among the P5+1.

 

Defense and Intelligence Seminar with Mary Margaret Graham

Seminar
Harvard students, staff, faculty - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
February 4, 2015
2:30-4:00 p.m.

Related Project: Defense and Intelligence

Defense and Intelligence Seminar with Ms. Mary Margaret Graham, a 29-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, who will speak on “How 9-11 Changed the National Security Establishment – for Better and Worse.” This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty and ID card holders on a first come first served basis.

 

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"The Political Crisis in Yemen" with Steven C. Caton

Seminar
Open to the Public - Nye A, Fifth Floor Taubman Building
February 5, 2015
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

A seminar with Steven C. Caton, Khaled bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Harvard University.

 

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Rational Nationalism on the Rise: The Origins and Consequences of Chinese Nationalistic Protest

Brown Bag Lunch
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
February 5, 2015
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ivan Willis Rasmussen, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Related Project: International Security

This seminar will examine Chinese nationalism and foreign relations on three levels: first, when protest will arise in response to an international incident; second, what explains Chinese official response to nationalism based on signaling and concerns of domestic stability; and, finally, why outside states will change their behavior or policies in response to nationalistic protest in China.

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

 

Middle East Film Series: Winter Sleep (Turkey, 2014)

Film
Open to the Public - Wiener Auditorium
February 5, 2015
5:30-9:00 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

A Screening of Winter Sleep, Palme d'Or winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and Turkish submission for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Oscars. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

 

Film Screening: The Man Who Saved the World

Film
Open to the Public - Starr Auditorium
February 5, 2015
6:00-9:00 p.m.

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

The week of February 2-6, 2015, colleges and universities across the country will take part in a National Screening of this unreleased, award-winning movie about Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet Lt. Colonel. On September 26, 1983, Petrov was the commanding officer on duty at a Soviet nuclear early warning center, when the system falsely reported the launching of five nuclear missiles from the United States. In the harrowing moments that followed, Petrov overruled the system's warning, personally declaring that it was a false alarm. This monumental decision very likely prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its Western allies. Petrov’s decision changed the fate of the world but turned his life upside down – which is poignantly told in the film. You can view the trailer for the movie here.

The Project on Managing the Atom will hold a screening for the Harvard community on February 5th at 6:00 PM in Starr Auditorium, followed by a discussion led by Lt. Col. Brandon Parker (USAF), a Research Fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, and Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice at HKS.

 

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

"Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises" with Susan Akram

Seminar
Open to the Public - Nye A, Fifth Floor Taubman Building
February 9, 2015
4:15-5:30 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

A seminar with Susan Akram, Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Law, discussing her book Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises.

 

Al Jazeera English

Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability in the East China Sea

Seminar
Open to the Public - CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Mass., Room K262
February 10, 2015
12:30-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Adam P. Liff, Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Andrew S. Erickson, Associate Professor, U.S. Naval War College
Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics; Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

Related Project: International Security

This seminar will examine the strengths and weaknesses of China's and Japan's crisis management mechanisms and the implications of nascent national security councils in both countries for crisis (in)stability in the East China Sea. It will also examine the prospects for, and obstacles to, more effective crisis management in both countries.

Co-sponsored by the International Security Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

 

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"The Arab States in Crisis: The Collapse of Old Legitimacy Formulas and the Search for New Ones" with Michael C. Hudson

Seminar
RSVP required - Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, BL-1
February 10, 2015
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

The introductory seminar to the Spring 2015 stugy group "Rethinking the Arab State: The Collapse of Legitimacy in Arab Politics" with Professor Michael C. Hudson, MEI Kuwait Program Visiting Scholar, Spring 2015.

 

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