February 25, 2016
By Bryan Galcik
On January 20, 2016, Harvard Project Director Robert Stavins presented at a workshop in Oslo, Norway—"Potential Climate Risks in Financial Markets." The workshop speakers offered different points of view on the effects of climate change on financial markets. Professor Stavins focused on what he determined to be a more important determinant of risk for financial markets than climate change itself—namely, climate-change policy. The goal of the workshop was to advance new research connecting financial economics and environmental economics.
February 23, 2016
Andrew Weber, head of global partnerships for Metabiota and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, has been named a Senior Fellow (non resident) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Weber is a renowned expert on countering global threats who helped lead the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola outbreak and played a key role in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program. At the Belfer Center, he will develop a biosecurity project in conjunction with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington.
February 18, 2016
By Casey Campbell, Program Assistant, Project on Managing the Atom
For journalism, the 21st century is an era where public trust drops yearly, and reporters face competition to reach a growing Internet audience. Adding these challenges to a beat as controversial and global as climate and energy policy creates a job that seems near impossible.
The New York Times’ Energy and Environment Correspondent Coral Davenport confronts these challenges head-on by covering environmental policy in a way that goes beyond the conventional boundaries of Washington-based reporting to the larger, all-encompassing impact of climate change issues on a human and dollars-and-sense scale.
February 16, 2016
Podcast: "The Long Goodbye: Algeria's Protracted Succession Crisis and the Constitutional Question" with Hugh Roberts
An audio recording of a public talk by Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, Tufts University.
February 4, 2016
By Doug Gavel
Cambridge MA -- The Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has selected former U.K. Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander as a senior fellow. Alexander will actively contribute to the work of the Project by facilitating seminars and master classes for HKS degree students, and by supporting the Project’s mission through research and analysis on global policy issues and transatlantic relations. He will be in residence at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs during the Project’s annual “Europe Week,” an event series dedicated to exploring critical issues for the transatlantic partnership and the European Union. The series runs from February 22 – 29, 2016.
February 2, 2016
By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom
Just one week after “implementation day,” when Iran completed its nuclear commitments and the nuclear-related sanctions were lifted, Martin B. Malin, Executive Director of the Project to Manage the Atom at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, spoke about the current state of non-proliferation affairs in the Middle East with Michael Moran, Visiting Media Fellow on Peace and Security at Carnegie Corporation of New York.
February 2, 2016
Cambridge, MA – For the third year in a row (and the fourth time in five years), Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has been ranked the best university-affiliated research center in the world.
The ranking appears in the latest edition of the Global Go To Think Tank Index, produced each year by James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute. The objective of the index, said McGann, is “to gain a better understanding of the role think tanks play in governments and civil societies. Using this knowledge, we hope to help enhance the quality, capacity and performance of think tanks around the world.”
February 2, 2016
Former Pentagon Official Michael Sulmeyer Joins Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center as Director of Cyber Security Project
Cambridge, MA – Michael Sulmeyer, former Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy at the Department of Defense, has joined the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as Director of its new Cyber Security Project. The Project, created by a $15 million gift from Center namesake Robert Belfer and his family, aims to build a conceptual arsenal to address the ways conflict may be waged and avoided in cyberspace. Sulmeyer’s research will anchor this effort, focusing on key questions such as the function of deterrence in cyberspace and how government and the private sector can work together in a crisis.
January 28, 2016
Listen to the podcast produced by students who participated in the Harvard winter field study course in Morocco and Italy, exploring the lessons that Europe can learn from Morocco's considerable experience in, and novel approach to, managing migration.
January 26, 2016
The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements—and its Director, Robert Stavins—have completed a multi-year, multi-faceted engagement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is an intergovernmental organization that engages the global scientific community in assessing research on climate change and synthesizing this research for policymakers. The IPCC, as the leading organization pursuing this mission, prepares its reports primarily for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its member governments.