20 Upcoming Events

A mockup of the Fat Man nuclear device.

U.S. Department of Defense

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Elite Taboo Against Using Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Wargames

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324

Speaker: Reid Pauly, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Is there a normative prohibition on the use of nuclear weapons? Recent scholarship has cast doubt on the existence of a norm of nuclear non-use among the American people. But the public does not make decisions about using nuclear weapons. In this presentation, Pauly investigates the willingness of American policymakers to use nuclear weapons through the history of political-military wargaming. He tests competing theories about the use and non-use of nuclear weapons by examining both whether strategic elites were willing to use nuclear weapons in different scenarios and how they explained those decisions.

Bio hazard symbol

Wikmedia Commons

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"The Biological Defense Problem in 2018," with Roger Brent

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with Roger Brent, Principal Investigator of the Brent Lab, Member of the Division of Basic Sciences, and Adjunct Member in Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, on Wednesday, February 21st from 12:00-1:00pm in One Brattle 350.

Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Resilience, Risk, and Reinforcements for Arctic Communities on the Edge

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 | 12:30pm - 1:45pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Darman Seminar Room, First Floor

The Arctic Initiative will host a seminar with Joel Clement, former Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Policy Office, discussing risk and resilience of Arctic communities in the face of climate change.

Lunch will be provided.

A Palestinian police officer watches a rally in support of the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Nablus.

AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh

Seminar - Open to the Public

Policing, Taxing, and Spending Without a State: The Origins and Effects of Partial Self-Rule in Palestine

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 | 4:10pm - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

A seminar with Diana B. Greenwald, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Middle East Initiative and Assistant Professor of Political Science, City College of New York (Fall 2018). Part of the Middle East Initiative Research Fellows Seminar Series.

David Relman, Stanford

Standford Center for International Security and Cooperation

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"Anticipating Biological Threats of Deliberate, Accidental, and Other Origins," with David Relman

Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

The Intelligence Project will host a lunch with David Relman, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in Medicine, and Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, on Thursday, February 22nd from 12:00-1:00pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369.)

Lunch will be provided. Harvard IDs checked at the door. RSVP below, first come, first served.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics

Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speakers: Peter Krause, Co-Editor, Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International PoliticsPhil M. Haun, Dean of Academics, U.S. Naval War College; Tristan Volpe, Assistant Professor, Defense Analysis Department, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

A discussion of the new edited volume, Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics, by a co-editor and two of the contributing authors.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.