"Center Welcomes New Faculty, Senior Fellows and Associates"
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The Belfer Center is pleased to welcome new faculty members and senior fellows this year. They bring breadth and depth in experience and expertise to the Center, with backgrounds ranging from geoengineering and cyber warfare to international financial crises. Their arrivals bring a new dimension of thoughtful discussion, research, and teaching to the Belfer Center community.
General James Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will work with Belfer Center colleagues on national security policy issues. Cartwright brings over 40 years of service in the Marines, hands-on experience, and innovative thinking to the Belfer Center where he will join the cyber and China working groups. A leading thinker on cyber warfare, Cartwright will assist the cyber group in exploring ways to incorporate cyber issues and security policy. He will also co-chair the China working group with Lawrence Summers and Graham Allison.
Dara Kay Cohen has joined the Harvard Kennedy School and Belfer Center as assistant professor of public policy with a research focus on civil war and violence during conflict, and gender and international relations. Cohen’s current book project examines the variation in use of sexual violence during recent civil conflicts, including Sierra Leone, East Timor, and El Salvador, where she interviewed numerous ex- combatants and new combatants. Her work has appeared in several publications, including a piece co-authored in Foreign Affairs titled “Rape Reporting During War,” on how researchers and politicians get and present their numbers to the public.
Michèle Flournoy has joined the Belfer Center as a senior fellow after stepping down from her position as U.S. under secretary of defense for policy. As a non-resident senior fellow, Flournoy will visit HKS several times a semester to work with faculty, fellows, and students on international security policy matters. Flournoy was a research fellow with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program from 1989–’93 with a focus on nuclear proliferation and defense policy issues. In 2007 she co- founded the Center for a New American Security with Kurt Campbell, another Belfer Center alumnus.
Susan J. Hockfield, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2004–2012, has joined the Belfer Center and HKS as the Marie Curie Visiting Professor for the 2012–’13 academic year. Hockfield will contribute to the Belfer Center’s work on science and technology policy and sustainable energy practices. While she will not be teaching any classes at HKS, Hockfield will maintain an office on campus and attend Belfer Center and HKS events. She also continues to hold a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience at MIT.
David Ignatius, author and foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post, has joined the Belfer Center as a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project. Ignatius was previously a Center Fisher Family Fellow and a visiting faculty member. He observed and assessed the Belfer Center’s 2010 simulation game of the evolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis. In addition to journalistic work covering the Middle East, global politics, and international affairs, Ignatius has written several successful novels.
David Keith has come to the Belfer Center with a focus on geoengineering - the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s climate that might be used to offset the climate risks caused by greenhouse gas emissions and works to improve understanding of options for governance of geoengineering. Keith, who is the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), currently divides his time between Cambridge and Calgary, Canada.
Mike Murphy, Republican political consultant, has joined the Belfer Center as a senior fellow. He has handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns. Murphy’s most recent work includes assisting with the Center’s poll of Ohio and Florida voters to ascertain their interest in global affairs leading up to the election. As a non-resident senior fellow, he is a frequent visitor to the Center and earlier this year discussed politics and the economy at a Center-sponsored event with Director Graham Allison and International Council member Paul Volcker.
The international finance expert Carmen Reinhart joined the Kennedy School in July as Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System. Reinhart was previously the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and professor of economics and director of the Center for International Economics at the University of Maryland. She co-wrote, with Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff, the best-selling book This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. Their work examined more than a dozen financial crises in both developed and developing countries.
Robert B. Zoellick joined the Belfer Center as a senior fellow in July 2012, at the end of his five- year term as 11th president of the World Bank. Since joining the Belfer Center, Zoellick has delivered an address at the JFK Jr. Forum titled “Economics & Security in American Foreign Policy: Back to the Future?” Zoellick was a research fellow with the Center’s International Security Program from 1999–2000, focusing on key themes of American foreign policy in the 20th century through the experiences of secretaries of state. Zoellick concurrently holds a distinguished visiting fellowship at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C..
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