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.
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 Rõivas, 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.”
May 16, 2014
By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School, David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project and Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
In a Harvard Kennedy School IDEASpHERE session titled "Challenges to US Global Leadership," Graham Allison, Nicholas Burns, David Gergen, David Ignatius, and Meghan O’Sullivan discussed challenges as well as opportunities facing the United States. Burns moderated the session.
Challenges include the rise of China and the future of the U.S.-China relationship, the crises taking place around the world, and the reputation of the U.S. worldwide. An unexpected opportunity is the increase in available energy sources in the United States.
May 15, 2014
The Ambassador of the Republic of India to the United States, Dr. S. Jaishankar, delivered an address entitled “India-U.S. Ties: The Long View” and led a discussion with experts, fellows and students on April 17 as part of the Future of Diplomacy Project’s third annual “South Asia Week.”
May 6, 2014
Ambassador Derek Shearer, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and current professor at Occidental College, delivered a lecture on “Sports, Diplomacy and Soft Power” on April 30 as part of the Future of Diplomacy Project’s speaker series.