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David Hamburg

David Hamburg

International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs



David A. Hamburg is Visiting Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is President Emeritus at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he served as president from 1982 to 1997. Hamburg has a long history of leadership in the research and innovation in biological and behavioral sciences. He has been a pioneer in prevention of mass violence. He has been a professor at Stanford University and Harvard University, President of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He was a member of the United States Defense Policy Board with Secretary of Defense William Perry and co-chair with former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. The Commission published many books and monographs in its five-year life (1994-99), covering diplomatic, political, economic and military aspects of prevention.† Distinguished scholars and practitioners contributed on a worldwide basis with Dr. Hamburg providing guidance, integration and utilization.

He was a member of President Clintonís Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.†† Most recently, Dr. Hamburg chaired two parallel committees at the United Nations and European Union on the prevention of genocide Ė one reporting directly to the UN Secretary-General and the other to Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the European Union.

Dr. Hamburg also has served on the Board of the Stanford University, Rockefeller University, the American Museum of Natural History, the Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York, the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Advisory Board of the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Council of Stanfordís Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies, the Harvard International Advisory Council and was Distinguished Presidential Adviser on International Affairs, National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Todayís Children: Creating a Future for a Generation in Crisis (1992); No More Killing Fields: Preventing Deadly Conflict (2002); and Learning to Live Together: Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development (2004).† His most recent book, Preventing Genocide: Practical Steps toward Early Detection and Effective Action was published in spring 2008.† An educational documentary based on the book was completed in the spring of 2009 and an updated edition of the book was published in the fall. In 2012, the Foreign Policy Association established the Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture in Honor of David Hamburg on an annual basis.

Dr. Hamburg has received numerous awards including the Foreign Policy Associationís Medal; the Sarnat International Mental Health Award of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; the John Stearns Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine; Leadership in Violence Prevention, United States Institute of Peace; George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation, CRDF Global; the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal (its highest award); and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States).



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August 1999

Preventive Diplomacy and Preventive Defense in South Asia: The U.S. Role

Occasional Paper, volume 2

By Warren Christopher, David Hamburg, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project

Conference Report on the challenges of preventive diplomacy and preventive defense in South Asia.



July 1998

"NATO After Madrid: Looking to the Future"

Occasional Paper, volume 1

By Coit Blacker, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1975-1977, Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Warren Christopher, Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project and David Hamburg, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This conference report offers recommendations for U.S. policy and action in the next phase of NATO's evolution, assuming that the Senate and other allied legislatures do in fact consent to the decisions reached at Madrid to admit Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic to NATO.



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