6326 Past Events

JFK Jr Forum - Open to the Public

The Public Policy Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

Thu., Feb. 15, 2018 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

A Conversation with Dr. Jason Matheny, Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). Moderated by Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS; Director, Defending Digital Democracy Project; Chief of Staff, United States Department of Defense (2015-2017); Assistant Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense (2014-2015).

This map shows the traditional locations of "First World" (blue), "Second World" (red), and "Third World" (green) countries during the Cold War.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Diplomacy: A Rusting Tool of American Statecraft

Thu., Feb. 15, 2018 | 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Bell Hall

Speaker: Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Senior Fellow, Watson Center for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

This seminar will explore the nature of diplomacy and its strategic, tactical, and risk management roles in American statecraft. Case studies to be discussed include those of U.S. Cold War diplomacy in southern Africa and on the Taiwan issue as well as examples from European history, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

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

This seminar is being held under the auspices of the joint HKS/MIT Program on Strategy, Security, and Statecraft.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) transits the South China Sea at sunset to participate in exercise Cobra Gold 2010. Cobra Gold is an annual exercise designed to create interoperability between the Thai, U.S. and Singaporean task forces, 28 January 2010.

U.S. Navy

Seminar - Open to the Public

Grand Plans in International Relations: U.S. Responses to China's Rise

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

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Nina Silove, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

This seminar addresses the questions of the existence and effects of comprehensive, long term "grand plans" in international politics and their effects on state behavior by examining a least-likely case for finding the existence of operative plans: the responses of the United States to the rise of China.

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

US Army War College

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Seminar - Open to the Public

"A Conversation with Our Troops," United States Army War College Eisenhower Speakers College Program Comes to HKS

Thu., Feb. 15, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Land Hall, Belfer Building, 4th Floor

The Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host the US Army War College Eisenhower Speakers College Program for a panel discussion on current topics of strategic interest, national security, and public policy. The panel will take place Thursday, February 15th from 12:00-1:30pm in Land Lecture Hall (B400). Major General William Rapp will moderate.

This event is open to the public. Please register using the link below. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial in the Trump Era Threatens our Planet, People, and Politics

Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Floor 2.5

Through science, cartoons, and satire, the award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles will take a provocative look at the impact of polarizing climate wars in the Trump era and years past. Their novel collaborative book, "The Madhouse Effect,” provides a powerful counterpunch to climate change denialism in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus.

Refreshments served.

Map of the Middle East

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"Act Two: The Challenges of the Middle East in 2018," with Norman T. Roule

Wed., Feb. 14, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

The Intelligence Project and Saudi & GCC Security Project will host a lunch with Norman T. Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, on Wednesday, February 14th 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.

A view of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

AP Photo/Oded Balilty

Seminar - Open to the Public

Jerusalem in Context: Place, People, and Politics

Tue., Feb. 13, 2018 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye B & C, 5th Floor

A panel discussion with Salim Tamari, Spring 2018 Shawwaf Visiting Professor, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Birzeit University; Anat Biletski, Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy, Quinnipiac University; and Robert Danin, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow, Future Diplomacy Project, HKS.