April 22, 2014
"I am an optimist when it comes to the relationship. That, if nothing else, explains my frequent involvement with it."
September 15, 2010
This year’s Great Negotiator Award will be presented to Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, for his work on diplomacy and negotiation throughout his career. Ahtisaari will receive the award during a visit to Harvard on September 27.
March 24, 2015
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project
In Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes that a religious reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare, and repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world. She argues that the violent acts of Islamic extremists cannot be divorced from the religious doctrine that inspires them. Instead, she says, we must confront the fact that they are driven by a political ideology embedded in Islam itself.
By David L. Phillips
In Liberating Kosovo, David Phillips offers a compelling account of the negotiations and military actions that culminated in Kosovo's independence. Drawing on his own participation in the diplomatic process and interviews with leading participants, Phillips chronicles Slobodan Milosevic's rise to power, the sufferings of the Kosovars, and the events that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. He analyzes how NATO, the United Nations, and the United States employed diplomacy, aerial bombing, and peacekeeping forces to set in motion the process that led to independence for Kosovo.
November 28, 2016
By Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, The Future of Diplomacy Project
David Saperstein, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom, spoke on Monday, November 14th at the Harvard Kennedy School on “U.S. Efforts to Promote Religious Freedom Abroad.” In a wide-ranging discussion moderated by Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director Cathryn Clüver, the diplomat and rabbi explained the importance of religion and human rights as part of an integrated approach to foreign policy.
September 27, 2016
By Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project
The Right Honourable Douglas Alexander offered his views on European security in a discussion moderated by FDP Executive Director Cathryn Cluver.
September 15, 2016
His Excellency Gerárd Araud, French Ambassador to the United States, opened the autumn 2016 programming of the Future of Diplomacy Project on September 12, 2016.
April 11, 2016
On March 21, The Future of Diplomacy Project jointly hosted a public seminar with the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project titled "A 21st Century State: Anything is Possible." As the speaker for the public event, Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rőivas, spoke at length on the role that digital technology has played in the global competitiveness of Estonia's economy and the robustness of his country's governance and public sector services. The Prime Minister spoke to a large audience comprising of Harvard Kennedy School students, national security fellows, and local Estonian start-up entrepreneurs.
April 11, 2016
In March, the Future of Diplomacy Project hosted a series of seminars touching on traditionally underused but highly effective tools and agents of diplomacy in the fields of journalism, development aid, religion, and information technology.
June 2, 2014
The President of the Republic of Turkey, Abdullah Gül on Current Regional Issues and the Way Forward
By Blaise Cohen
The President of the Republic of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, delivered an address on May 30 entitled A View from Turkey: Current Regional Issues and the Way Forward. He highlighted the need for dialogue, diplomacy, and compromise, and emphasized that actions in the international arena “should be guided by wisdom, empathy, prudence and foresight.”