November 7, 2013
Following a U.S.-Russian proposal and UN Security Council resolution in September, the challenging task of securing, transporting, and ultimately destroying Syria's chemical weapons has fallen largely to the technical experts of the Nobel Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). To provide a background on chemical weapons and the OPCW's challenges ahead, research assistant Andrew Wojtanik asked Dr. Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, for his insights.
October 22, 2013
David Ignatius, foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post and Senior Fellow with The Future of Diplomacy Project addressed students and faculty in a wide-ranging conversation with Nicholas Burns, Faculty Director of The Future of Diplomacy Project that spanned his professional choices in journalism, his career as a writer of fiction and his views on current developments in the Middle East.
October 4, 2013
Minister Khurshid addressed a crowd of students, faculty and guests at the Harvard Kennedy School as part of the India & South Asia Program’s international speaker series, co-sponsored by Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. His comments on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, followed a series of meetings at the United Nations in New York.
September 27, 2013
By Lucy Flamm
Cities will lead and governments will follow in this century, according to Bruce Katz, founder of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Katz joined Jerold Kayden, Frank Bachus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Gerald Frug, Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for a conversation on September 25, 2013 to discuss how cities and metros are emerging as the leaders in the quest for economic revitalization in America – and across the globe. His presentation centered on the findings of his new book, “The Metropolitan Revolution,” published in the summer of 2013.
September 19, 2013
By Lucy Flamm
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2008-2012) John Beyrle joined Nicholas Burns, Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project, in an off-the-record conversation reflecting on US-Russia negotiations on Syria in Geneva, President Putin’s leadership style and Russia’s global ambitions on September 16, 2013.
May 14, 2013
By Doug Ahlers
Following Hurricane Katrina, the Belfer Center's Broadmoor Project was developed by then Belfer Center Senior Fellow Doug Ahlers to work with the Broadmoor neighborhood to rebuild the devastated community. Highly successful, Broadmoor is now a model of recovery, almost 90 percent rebuilt, with a new charter school, library, and community center. (See Broadmoor Project.)
With Ahlers vision and leadership, the Broadmoor Project has also helped other disaster-struck communities. Here, Ahlers describes how the Broadmoor model is currently assisting in the recovery of three Chilean communities nearly destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami of 2010. The genesis of the Recupera Chile initiative is described below.
May 6, 2013
By Doug Gavel and Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
"Our goal is to bring experiences from around the world to bear on the design of farm-based centers, schools, colleges and universities. We have already drawn substantially from the lessons of EARTH University in Costa Rica which has over two decades of experience on agribusiness education in the tropics. I served on the governing board of this pioneering university whose model is most suited to African conditions."
May 1, 2013
In an open-ended discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School, de Bellaigue—who is also the author of two books on Iranian history—offered insights into the coup against Muhammad Mossadegh and the role of history in shaping both the modern Iranian state and its outlook on relations with the West.
By Kelly Sims Gallagher, Member of the Board and Laura Diaz Anadon, Assistant Professor of Public Policy; Associate Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program; Co-PI, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
In our annual review of the budget request for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Energy's energy research, development, demonstration (RD&D) programs, we observe that it is significantly higher than the FY12 budget, a 33 percent increase overall, from $3.25 billion to $4.30 billion (current dollars), not including basic energy sciences. The increase in basic energy sciences is also large compared with FY12, a 17 percent increase for a total of $1.74 billion. We observe a huge decline in spending on deployment programs since the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Our database, including charts, is available for download.
April 20, 2013
In an off-the-record discussion hosted by the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Hadley outlined his own perspectives on the most likely avenues for an Iran without nuclear weapons.