January 26, 2015
For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has been ranked the best university-affiliated research center in the world.
The ranking appears in the Global Go To Think Tank Index, produced annually by James McGann, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The purpose of the index, said McGann, is to “highlight the important role that think tanks play in civil societies and governments around the world.”
January 23, 2015
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for January 16-23, 2014
January 22, 2015
Coinciding with the conclusion of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Bill and Melinda Gates talk about their “big bets” for the next 15 years in their Annual Letter this year. Among the questions they ask: How do we feed Africa, and ultimately the world? Their big bet is that Africa will feed itself and will be on the way to helping feed the world by 2030.
Calestous Juma, who heads the Belfer Center’s Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, supported by the Gates Foundation, agrees with the Gates’ bet. In his 2011 book The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, he provides details on how Africa can feed itself in a generation. Here, he answers questions about what is needed for Africa to make huge strides in agriculture in the next 15 years.
January 21, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School Welcomes Professor Michael C. Hudson as the Spring 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar
The Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs announced today that Professor Michael C. Hudson, a preeminent senior scholar of the Middle East, will join the HKS community this semester as the Spring 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar.
January 16, 2015
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for January 9-16, 2014
January 14, 2014
By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
James Stock, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program—the Harvard Project's parent program—organized a roundtable discussion that took place on January 4, 2015, at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association, held this year in Boston, entitled "The Economics of the EPA's Proposed Regulation of CO2 Emissions from Power Plants." Professor Stock was a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors in 2013–2014, where he worked on the development of this important regulatory proposal. Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) and Harvard Project Director Robert Stavins participated in the roundtable panel.
January 12, 2015
By Josh Anderson, Program Assistant, Project on Managing the Atom
The Project on Managing the Atom seeks Student Associates for the Spring of 2015. These internships provide opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students to meet experts in nuclear policy, attend lectures and seminars, and assist MTA project faculty, staff, and fellows with their research. MTA will provide a modest hourly wage or academic credit.
January 12, 2015
By Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
New Delhi: HKS professor and former US undersecretary of state for political affairs Nicholas Burns is well-known in India as the diplomat who led the negotiations on the US-India civil nuclear deal that transformed bilateral ties. In New Delhi last week for a Track-Two non-official dialogue, Burns said he hoped that the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi would clearly articulate what his vision for a strong India-US strategic partnership would be. Burns also said he hoped the Modi government will revive the India-US nuclear deal as part of its economic agenda.
January 9, 2015
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for December 24, 2014 - January 9, 2014
January 7, 2015
By Susan M. Lynch, Program Assistant, International Security Program; Web Manager, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements cohosted two official side-events at the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. In addition, Project Director Robert N. Stavins was a panelist at two other events at COP-20.