October 22, 2014
In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” Marwan Muasher, Vice President of Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Jordanian Ambassador to the United States, discusses pluralism and democracy in the Middle East and his long term vision for political, economic, and cultural transformation in the Arab World.
October 22, 2014
An audio recording from Ambassador Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies and Director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Jordanian Ambassador to the United States.
On October 22, 2014 at MEI, Ambassador Muasher looked back over four years of popular uprisings in the Arab World and took stock of the hope for transition to genuine stability, prosperity, and democracy and tools necessary to do the job.
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.
October 6, 2014
An audio recording from Danyel Reiche, Associate Professor for Comparative Politics, American University of Beirut and Visiting Scholar at Harvard.
On October 6, 2014 at MEI, Professor Reiche presented research on Qatar's activity in the sports sector, naming it as an explicit area of focus for Qatar's development plans and examining the potential domestic and foreign policy aims of the tiny Gulf Cooperation Council nation in their pursuit of sporting excellence.
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.