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"From The Director"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government

Winter 2007-2008

Author: Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

 

As we begin a new academic year, I'm pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved Belfer Center website. It can be accessed at www.belfercenter.org/.

The new site incorporates state-of-the-art multimedia technology. It was designed to enable users to find and sort information by topic, region, and expert - making it much easier to find Center research and activities in each area. Visitors can also easily view the most recent work and upcoming events for each Center program and project.  I hope you will check out our new website and visit it often since it will be continually updated with the Center's research, reflections, and policy recommendations on critical world issues. If you have suggestions about ways in which it can be further improved, please send them along.

Visitors to the website will notice the Center's increasing attention to China, especially in the areas of security and the environment. The cover story of this newsletter describes a number of  recent efforts, including a project headed by Senior Fellow Richard Rosecrance to explore the future of the U.S.-China relationship.

The Belfer Center looks forward to an extremely lively discussion around climate disruption as the year progresses, with John Holdren, Kelly Gallagher, Rob Stavins and Bill Clark among those leading the charge for solutions. Rob is heading an ambitious and far-reaching project to help design an architecture for controlling global climate change post-Kyoto. See more about those efforts in this newsletter.

The Center is also tracking the rise of India as a great power and has launched the Project on India and the Subcontinent to increase policy-critical knowledge on significant issues relating to India and South Asia. Our former Executive Director for Research Xenia Dormandy, who has extensive experience with U.S-South Asia affairs, has moved over to head the new initiative.

In Xenia's place, we are pleased to welcome Eric Rosenbach as the Center's new executive director for Research. Eric is a KSG alum who served on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as national security advisor for U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel until August when he came to the Belfer Center. We are looking to Eric for expert guidance on increasing the Congressional impact of our policy-related research.

To deepen our understanding of the role of religion in world events, we have undertaken a second new initiative - the Initiative on Religion and International Affairs - headed by Associate Professor Monica Toft. You can learn more about the religion and South Asia initiatives on the Center's new website (www.belferecenter.org/project) and in this newsletter. 

Nearly 80 research fellows have recently arrived at the Belfer Center from around the world, bringing with them extensive experience in government, academia, and the private sector along with great enthusiasm for our mission of advancing policy-relevant knowledge about critical global challenges. We welcome them along with new Senior Fellows Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and a former editor and executive at the Wall Street Journal who will look at forces shaping political evolution in Saudi Arabia, and David Speedie, here from the Carnegie Corporation to work on civic participation by Muslims in Western Europe and the U.S.

We look forward to an exciting, productive year.

 

For more information about this publication please contact the Belfer Center Communications Office at 617-495-9858.

For Academic Citation:

"From The Director." Belfer Center Newsletter, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Winter 2007-2008.

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