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Sharon Wilke

Mailing address

Littauer 358B
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Sharon Wilke

Associate Director of Communications

Contact:
Telephone: 617.495.9858
Fax: 617.495.8963
Email: sharon_wilke@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Sharon Wilke is the Associate Director of Communications for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As a communications consultant prior to joining the Belfer Center, she organized and directed publicity and outreach campaigns, coordinated media coverage and produced a range of publications and written materials for corporate and non-profit clients, including the HKS-based Council of Women World Leaders. Previously, she headed the national outreach department at WGBH Educational Foundation’s Descriptive Video Service and has worked as an English teacher, newspaper reporter and television host. She holds a M.A. in Communications from the University of Washington.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

Fall/Winter 2015-2016

Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Belfer Center Newsletter

Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

The Fall/Winter 2015-2016 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features recent and upcoming Center activities, along with research and analysis of critical global issues by members of the Center community. This issue highlights visits by Secretary of State John Kerry, who answered questions from an audience of more than 500 Harvard students and faculty in an event hosted by the Belfer Center, and by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who spoke to students and faculty as part of the American Secretaries of State Project, an initiative of Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School.

 

 

(White House/OSTP)

Fall/Winter 2015-2016

"Seeking Global Climate Answers"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

When President Barack Obama toured Alaska in September to experience firsthand how climate change is affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic, he was accompanied by his science advisor John P. Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House and chair of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee. Holdren, former director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, wanted to better understand the direct impact of climate change on local Alaskan communities and ecosystems.

 

 

(Photo by Martha Stewart)

Fall/Winter 2015-2016

"Secretary of State on Hotspots, Diplomacy, and Determination"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

Belfer Center Director Graham Allison opened his October 13 conversation with Secretary of State John Kerry by praising him as a “celebrated diplomat” and “decorated warrior” and for “bringing home the Iran nuclear deal.”

 

2015

Summer 2015

Summer 2015 Belfer Center Newsletter

Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

The Summer 2015 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features recent and upcoming Center activities, along with research and analysis of critical global issues by members of the Center community. This issue features Decoding the Iran Nuclear Deal, a booklet with facts, pros and cons developed by 12 Center experts and edited by Executive Director Gary Samore.

In this edition, we also highlight the “American Secretaries of State Project,” an exciting initiative of the Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project and Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Professors Nicholas Burns of Harvard Kennedy School, Robert Mnookin of Harvard Law School, and James Sebenius of Harvard Business School lead the project, which will interview all living secretaries of state about the experiences and insights into great power diplomacy.

 

 

Summer 2015

"Environmental Sustainability Fellow Has Key Role in China's Emissions Reduction Plan"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

Dongsheng Wu has an important role in the development and implementation of China's plans to reduce carbon emissions and, subsequently, climate change. As director of the Department of Climate Change at the Shanxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Wu is responsible for developing a greenhouse gas emissions policy for Shanxi, a region with the highest coal production and highest energy intensity in China.

 

 

Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Belfer Center Newsletter

Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

The Spring 2015 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features recent and upcoming Center activities, along with research and analysis of critical global issues by members of the Center community. This edition highlights new U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, former director of the Belfer Center and professor at Harvard Kennedy School. Current Center Director Graham Allison praises Carter for his “rare mix of academic depth and managerial savvy” along with an ability to build consensus. Also in this issue, Allison, Kevin Rudd, Joseph Nye, and Steven Miller weigh in on the future of U.S.-China relations and whether these ruling and rising powers can escape ‘Thucydides’ Trap’ and avoid war in the 21st century.

And much more.

 

 

(AP Photo)

Spring 2015

"Former Center Director Named Defense Secretary"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

Ashton B. Carter, a former director of the Belfer Center and professor at Harvard Kennedy School, was confirmed in February as the 25th secretary of defense of the United States. Carter served as deputy secretary of defense from 2011-13 and previously was under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics. In earlier administrations, he served in both the Department of Defense and Department of State.

 

 

Spring 2015

Will the U.S. and China Collide in the 21st Century?

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

More than 2500 years ago, Thucydides, the Athenian historian and general, wrote his history of the Peloponnesian War. In his oft-quoted summary, he concludes: “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.” In a forthcoming article, Graham Allison writes that “the defining question about global order for this generation is whether China and the U.S. can escape Thucydides’ Trap.”

 

 

Spring 2015

Norberg-Bohm Fellowship Supports Research Curiosity

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) doctoral student Daniel Velez Lopez is researching air pollution in Mexico and whether the country is willing to pay the costs to reduce it. HKS student Jennifer Kao is interviewing academics, investors, and government officials working to generate and commercialize clean energy innovations in the United Kingdom.

 

2014

Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Fall/Winter 2014-15 Belfer Center Newsletter

Newsletter

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications

The Fall/Winter 2014/15 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features recent and upcoming activities, research, and analysis by members of the Center community on critical global issues. This edition highlights discussions at the Belfer Center about Iran and its nuclear program. Former U.S. National Security Advisor and Center Senior Fellow Thomas Donilon and former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror added their voices to Center debate on this issue during a Harvard Kennedy School forum on a possible deal to prevent development of nuclear weapons in Iran.

In "Stopping ISIL," a number of Belfer Center security experts weigh in on what must be done in the next year to stop the spread and brutality of the Islamic State (ISIL). Graham Allison, Nicholas Burns, Chuck Freilich, Nawaf Obaid, Ariane Tabatabai, Payam Mohseni, David Petraeus, Gary Samore, and Barak Mendelsohn suggest solutions to this strategic challenge.

And much more...

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.