October 12, 2014
Ambassador Antonio Patriota, The Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, delivered an address titled “Shaping a Cooperative Multipolar World Order for the 21st Century" and led a discussion with experts, students, fellows, and members of the public on the topic of the current multipolar world order. Ambassador Patriota examined key issues concerning the shaping of world order through history, Brazilian foreign policy, and international efforts to respond to the current multipolarity.
October 9, 2014
"I think the United States does not have the stomach for getting into another ground war in the region....I do think that air strikes alone are not going to do it. The boots that will be necessary on the ground will have to come mostly from other parties, not from the United States. Turkey is a good candidate. They've got a long border with what's happening and it would be nice to see some of the Arab countries putting some boots of theirs on the ground."
October 10, 2014
By Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
It appears increasingly likely there will not be a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program by the late-November deadline, says nuclear expert Gary Samore. Washington and Tehran, he says, remain too far apart on how large Iran's enrichment program should be, but they are interested in working out an extension of talks.
October 8, 2014
As part of the Future of Diplomacy Project's new "Negotiator Series," Ambassador Ryan Crocker discusses political developments across the Middle East in response to the civil war in Syria and the destabilization of Iraq and Syria through ISIS.
October 4, 2014
India’s Chief Climate Negotiator and the 2014 fall Fisher Family Fellow, Minister Jairam Ramesh, delivered an address titled “Climate Change Diplomacy: The Road to Paris 2015” and led a discussion with experts, students, fellows, and members of the public on international climate change diplomacy as part of the Future of Diplomacy Project. He examined key issues concerning climate change debates and discussed equitable measurements of climate change commitment targets in the lead-up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
September 14, 2014
The outgoing EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht delivered an address entitled “Trade and Geopolitics: T-TIP, Ukraine and beyond” and led a discussion with students and experts on September 11. Commissioner de Gucht discussed some of the major political obstacles for European member states in balancing protectionist policy with mutually beneficial objectives.
September 14, 2014
UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, delivered an address entitled “A World in Turmoil – A Test for the UN and its Member States” and led a discussion with experts, students, fellows, and members of the public on September 10 as part of the Future of Diplomacy Project’s first public event for the 2014-2015 academic year. He explored the great turmoil confronted by the world and expressed optimism about the UN’s advancement of its three pillars – Peace and Security, Development, and Human Rights – as well as positive global trends existing today.
April 8, 2014
By Andreas Goldthau, Associate, The Geopolitics of Energy Project
Andreas Goldthau, visiting scholar with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, took part in a panel discussion for The French American Global Forum, "Oil and Energy: What Does the Future Hold?” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, hosted by The School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
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.