September 14, 2016
Harvard Kennedy School Welcomes Robert Springborg as the Fall 2016 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar
By Robert Springborg, Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative
Robert Springborg, a preeminent senior scholar of the Middle East has joined the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) community this semester as Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
August 1, 2016
Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter was in Cambridge on Tuesday, July 26 to open the east coast office of the Defense Department's Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx). The DIUx was launched by Carter a year ago to "rebuild the bridges between our national security endeavor...and America's wonderfully innovative and open technology community."
July 21, 2016
By Katherine Gordon, Project Coordinator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
ANNOUNCEMENT: Professor Calestous Juma will chair a one-day conference on social responses to disruptive technologies.
The conference will focus on mapping emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns.
The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016). It will also incorporate demonstrations from entrepreneurs who are using innovative technologies to address global challenges.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the event page.
July 20, 2016
The purpose of the workshop was to identify options for elaborating and implementing the Paris Agreement—and to identify policies and institutions that might complement or supplement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process.
May 31, 2016
By Jayita Sarkar, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom (MTA), May 16–August 31, 2016; Former Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program (ISP)/MTA, September 1, 2015–May 15, 2016; Former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014–2015
"Nuclear South Asia: An Analyst's Guide to India, Pakistan, and the Bomb" is a free, open online course from the Stimson Center that addresses nuclear themes and challenges in South Asia. It is meant to provide strategic analysts in India and Pakistan—and the interested public in all countries—a platform to study these issues and engage in a serious, informed conversation. MTA Associate Jayita Sarkar delivered Section 2's Lecture 3.
July 19, 2016
In June 2016, three Harvard students received funding from the Middle East Initiative to travel to Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan to conduct a process evaluation of the pilot TIGER program. TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading) is a community-based, non-formal education initiative for adolescent Syrian girls in Za'atari funded through the UNHCR Innovation fund, implemented by International Relief and Development (IRD) and designed and supported by Open Learning Exchange.
July 18, 2016
Harvard Project Director Robert N. Stavins was awarded the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Award on July 12, 2016, which is presented annually by the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) to a leader in advancing environmental policy in California. CCEEB is a coalition of business, labor, and public leaders seeking to promote both a sound economy and a healthy environment. The award is named after the former California governor, founding CCEEB Chairman, and father of current Governor Jerry Brown.
July 1, 2016
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for June 24-July 1, 2016
June 24, 2016
Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for June 17-24, 2016
June 24, 2016
An interview by Kourosh Ziabari of Iran Review with Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, about ISIS being the product of decades of economic stagnation, mismanagement, lack of educational opportunities and absence of democratic representation in the Arab world countries.