April 27, 2011
In a public address for the Belfer Center and the Future of Diplomacy Project entitled “India-US relations in a Pacific Century,” Meera Shankar, the Indian Ambassador to the United States explained that the current Indian foreign policy priority is “peace, progress, and prosperity.” As the Asia Pacific region becomes the new locus of power, Ambassador Shankar stated that India has become more aware of its “Asian Pacific identity.”
April 13, 2011
By Sarah Kneezle, Coordinator, The Future of Diplomacy Project
David Miliband, former UK Foreign Secretary, was a guest of the Future of Diplomacy Project on April 14, 2011 and discussed his vision of the global village with degree students from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard faculty and experts. He also answered questions on his vision of a political solution in Afghanistan, which he detailed in a public speech delivered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on April 13, 2011. The following is the full transcript of his speech, which he has allowed the Future of Diplomacy Project to reproduce
May 17, 2010
By Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
"Liaison is an important key to overall U.S.-Russian relations, said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University at a 17 May 2010 Kennan Institute talk. Having spent 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts, Mowatt-Larssen discussed the role of intelligence in the U.S.-Russia relationship, the history of the two countries’ intelligence liaison, and areas of cooperation for the future."
November 11, 2009
By Justin Dargin, Former Associate, The Dubai Initiative
Dubai Initiative Associate Justin Dargin gave a lecture on the “Gulf Gas Development: A Rational Development Strategy” to Georgetown University in Qatar faculty and staff. The lecture focused on the basics of the Gulf Gas/Power Sector and how the countries of the GCC are facing the current energy challenges.
June 7, 2009
"Geospatial Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications"
By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
This conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Geographers and the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Harvard Kennedy School brought together members of public and private donor organizations with those from institutions and industry engaged in the application of geospatial science and technology to assess development needs, formulate responses to those needs, and successfully implement sustainable development programs in Africa. Its goal was to insure that public and private sector initiatives that rely on geospatial tools, techniques, and applications achieve a high level of integration in the areas of database requirements and standards, methodologies, and strategies for sustainability. Enhancing private sector linkages with government and nongovernmental initiatives already underway, as well as with ongoing academic and scientific research efforts, will help further capacity building and coordinate public policy applications across regions and themes.
May 18, 2009
By Sasha Talcott, Former Director of Communications and Outreach
With the U.S. Congress currently debating whether and how to establish a domestic cap-and-trade system to address climate change, the outcome of those discussions is critical to global climate negotiations in Copenhagen and beyond, according to a roundtable discussion on post-Kyoto climate policy hosted by Barclays Capital on April 30, 2009, with insights from the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements.
The business roundtable in New York, which included participants from a range of industries and key government officials, looked at the implications of U.S. domestic climate policy for the international process, the current state of the Waxman-Markey bill in the U.S. Congress, and the future of national and global carbon markets.
December 15, 2008
By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
In the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements' official side-event in Poznan, Poland, Professor Robert N. Stavins presented key findings from the project's Interim Report, which synthesizes an extensive research effort conducted by 27 teams of leading experts from developed and developing countries, whose goal is to identify key design principles of a scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic post-2012 international policy architecture.
March 12, 2008
Nicholas Burns spoke March 11 in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, labeling the top challenges facing the world today as global climate change, trafficking in women and children, international drug and crime cartels, and terrorist groups with access to chemical and biological weapons. This last challenge motivated the focus on Iran.
On February 18, Pakistanis voted in parliamentary elections. The results were a major blow to President Pervez Musharraf and his supporters. Opposition parties, led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and a resurgent Awami National Party (ANP), scored major victories. The prime losers were the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Islamists. How can these elections be assessed, and what do they portend for Pakistan’s future and for U.S. policy? These questions were examined at an Asia Program event held one week after the elections.
October 30, 2007
Kelly Sims Gallagher served as a discussant during a two-part Hamilton Project forum on ideas for mitigating climate change through market mechanisms and new technologies. The forum was hosted by The Brookings Institute and held in their Washington, DC office.