October 20, 2014
An audio recording from Rola el-Husseini, Research Associate Professor at the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author of Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon.
On October 20, 2014 at MEI, Dr. el-Husseini spoke on her research in Lebanon and Syria and those countries' tangled shared political history in a talk titled after her 2012 book, "Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon." After presenting this material, Dr. el-Husseini delved into current events and her research on Lebanese social and political life amidst the upheaval of the Syrian Civil War and the rise of ISIS.
October 14, 2014
On October 14, Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, gave the 2014 Edwin L. Godkin Lecture at Harvard Kennedy School's JFK Jr. Forum. The lecture was titled "The Huntington Legacy in Political Development." Fukuyama discussed his new book, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, emphasizing the importance of institutions in political development. The event was moderated by Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
The transcript of Fukuyama's address is available in PDF format.
October 14, 2014
Former Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman Joins Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center as Senior Fellow
By Daniel Poneman, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, has joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow.
Poneman was nominated by President Obama to be Deputy Secretary of Energy on April 20, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 2009. Under the leadership of Secretaries of Energy Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz, Poneman also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Department. Between April 23, 2013, and May 21, 2013, Poneman served as Acting Secretary of Energy.
October 10, 2014
On Friday, October 10, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development and director of the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, was awarded the coveted Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) during a ceremony in the Akwa Ibom State in Uyo, Nigeria.
October 6, 2014
By Louisa Lund
Is EPA's proposal for regulating carbon emissions from existing sources a reasonable interpretation of the Clean Air Act, likely to lead to significant environmental benefits at reasonable economic cost, or is it an overly complex overreach, likely to be overturned by the courts or abandoned by a future president? In a discussion moderated by Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government Robert Stavins, David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Jeffrey Holmstead of Bracewell & Giuliani discussed their differing views of EPA's proposed rule.
September 29, 2014
By Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy; Professor of Physics, Harvard; Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program; Co-Principal Investigator, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
Some of America's most distinguished leaders in academia, science, and technology gathered at Harvard September 19 and 20 to celebrate the 75th birthday of renowned Harvard scientist Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti — and to discuss the future of innovation in America.
September 24, 2014
By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
The Harvard Project co-sponsored a symposium in New York on Sept. 22, 2014 exploring the role of linkage in a new international climate agreement.
September 23, 2014
By Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Harvard Project Director Robert N. Stavins delivered a presentation, "International Climate Policy Architecture for the 2015 Paris Agreement: The Role of Linkage," in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on September 3, 2014. The event, Seoul Climate-Energy Conference: Building the New Climate Regime: What Needs to be Done at the Climate Summit 2014 brought together researchers and business leaders to discuss and prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23 in New York City.
September 17, 2014
Former national security advisors from the United States and Israel discussed the latest efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s JFK Jr. Forum on September 16. Belfer Center Director Graham Allison moderated a lively conversation between Thomas Donilon, U.S. national security advisor from 2010 to 2013 and currently a senior fellow with the Belfer Center, and Major General (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror, Israeli national security advisor from 2011-2013.
September 11, 2014
Following President Obama’s September 10 speech to the nation proposing a strategic response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), several Belfer Center international security experts provided their reactions to and insights about the President's plan and its impact.