Future of Diplomacy Project
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.
April 27, 2014
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States, Cui Tiankai on China's Role in the Asia-Pacific Region and China-U.S. Relations
By Blaise Cohen
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States, Cui Tiankai, spoke on the topic “China's Role in the Asia-Pacific Region and China-U.S. Relations” on April 25. In his address, Ambassador Cui explored China’s strategic goals in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the future of China-U.S. relations.
April 23, 2014
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel spoke at an “off-the-record” breakfast seminar at the Harvard Kennedy School on April 18.
March 12, 2014
Expectations of the Next NATO Summit: Altered Core Functions, Operations, and a Redefinition of the Transatlantic Link
By John Lee
On March 6, 2014, former Minister of Defense and current Polish senator, Bogdan Klich, led a seminar to examine expectations of the September 2014 NATO Summit in Wales, as part of the program’s annual “Europe Week.”
March 11, 2014
By John Lee
On March 6, 2014, Roger Cohen, columnist for The New York Times, discussed the difficulties in the transatlantic relationship following the NSA spying revelations and the challenges posed by Russian incursions into Ukraine.