"Belfer in Brief"
The Belfer Center welcomes ISP Fellow Björn Fägersten, recently arrived from Sweden where he is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Lund University. At the Belfer Center, he will compare U.S. and EU approaches to homeland security and the organization of intelligence.
The Center also welcomes Goodman UN Fellow Sally Fegan-Wyles. Fegan-Wyles, who will be a joint fellow with the School's Carr Center, is director of the United Nations Development Group Office. She will research international coherence in post-crisis recovery while at the Belfer Center.
What makes a Thomas Edison or a Ted Turner and how can public policy facilitate such entrepreneurship? As co-chairs of the sixth Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, the Belfer Center's Lewis Branscomb, professor emeritus of public policy and corporate management and member of the Belfer Center board, and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, associate professor of public policy, led discussions of these questions at a gathering last summer of 30 international decision makers and experts in business, government, and academia. The report can be found at http://www.rueschlikon-conference.org.
Two Center fellows successfully defended their dissertations: Erica Chenoweth, "Democratic Pieces: The Inadvertent Effects of Democracy on Terrorist Group Proliferation;" and Stephen Watts, "Constructing Order amid Violence: Comparative Military Interventions in the Era of Peacekeeping and Counter-Insurgency."
University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph Nye chaired a high level terrorism conference of U.S. and British officials and politicians at Ditchley Park, London in December.
Senior Fellow Ben W. Heineman, Jr. presented "Law and Leadership" at Yale Law School in November, arguing for "general professional education" that breaks down the barriers between business, law, and public policy schools and makes it easier for students to take integrated courses and earn integrated joint degrees.
John Holdren, director of the Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy program and president of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), hosted February's AAAS annual meeting in San Francisco and moderated a "Climate-Change Town Hall" event. Holdren's video on climate change can be found at http://www.aaas.org/news/press_room/climate_change/.
Calestous Juma, director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, presented the report of the High-Level African Panel on Modern Biotechnology to the Extraordinary Conference of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology in Cairo, Egypt in November. The report, Freedom to Innovate, was commissioned by the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
Alan Kuperman (ISP/ICP 2000-2001) is currently assistant professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He recently co-edited Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion and Civil War (Routledge, 2006) with ISP Research Associate
Timothy Crawford. Managing the Atom (MTA) Director Jeffrey Lewis, MTA Research Associate Anthony Wier, and Research Fellow Erica Chenoweth, took part in a November conference in Washington, D.C. on the intersection between nuclear weapons, failed states, and terrorism.
International Security Program Senior Fellow Richard Rosecrance has been appointed adjunct pro-fessor of public policy at the Kennedy School. Rosecrance will spend May at Nuffield Col-lege, Oxford, with a Fulbright grant.
Denise Garcia (ISP/ICP Fellow 2003-2006) has been named assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University and is affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health.She recently published Small Arms and Security: New Emerging International Norms (Routledge, 2006).
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