November 20, 2014
At 6:00 PM on November 20, 2014, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General Emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency, gave the Robert McNamara Lecture on War and Peace in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. Dr. ElBaradei spoke of the perils of poverty and income inequality in the modern world as they relate to nuclear security, mentioning the collective nuclear security problems that many impoverished third world nations may pose. The Forum was co-sponsored by The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and was moderated by its Director, Graham Allison.
Robert McNamara (1916–2009) was the Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later served as President of The World Bank. McNamara Lecture speakers address the prevention of conflict, weapons of mass destruction, and nuclear terrorism.
November 11, 2014
By Leonardo Maugeri, Senior Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project
Italian energy economist Leonardo Maugeri has been getting attention lately for his 2012 prediction that growing oil supply capacity “could lead to a glut of overproduction and a steep dip in oil prices.” In October, he declared victory. In an interview, the associate at Harvard’s Belfer Center told the Globe how he made his forecast and how long low oil prices could last.
November 2, 2014
Senior Adviser on the Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Jake Sullivan, discusses American foreign policy priorities
Former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department and current Senior Adviser on the Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Jake Sullivan, delivered an address entitled "Headlines and Trendlines - the Obama Administration's Foreign Policy" and led a discussion with the Future of Diplomacy Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns, experts, students, and fellows on October 30. He examined President Obama's current foreign policy strategy and priorities as well as expectations for the remaining two years of the Obama presidency.
October 16, 2014
Ambassador David Pearce, U.S. Ambassador to Greece, addressed students and faculty in a conversation about the history and contemporary state of U.S.-Greece relations.
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.