11 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

"The West, the Rest and the Quest for a New Global Order" a conversation with Ambassador Vale de Almeida

Tue., Oct. 16, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:45am

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

Please join the Belfer Center's Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for a discussion on the future of the global order with João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations, moderated by Professor Nicholas Burns. 

Lunch will be served.

Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, commander for the Iraqi counterterrorism forces' operation to re-take Fallujah from Islamic State militants, speaks at a military camp outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, June 27, 2016.


Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"The Future of Jihad," with Peter Bergen and Lt. Gen. Abdulwahab al-Saedi

Wed., Oct. 17, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

The Intelligence Project an Saudi & GCC Security Project will host a lunch seminar with Peter Bergen and Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saedi, on Wednesday, October 17th from 12:00-1:30pm in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Lunch will be provided. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict

Thu., Oct. 18, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Jacob N. Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Co-author, Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict

How a new understanding of warfare can help manage today's conflicts more effectively. Small Wars, Big Data provides groundbreaking perspectives for how small wars can be better strategized and favorably won to the benefit of the local population.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Benn Craig

Seminar - Open to the Public

Leadership in International Security and Energy Policy: Career Seminar with Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Thu., Oct. 25, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is now a Professor of Practice at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy (2014-2017), the White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control (2013-2014), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council (2009-2013), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia (1994-1996). She led the effort to denuclearize three former Soviet states, for which she was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distingished Public Service and the Nunn-Lugar Traiblazer Award.

Jake Sullivan


Seminar - Open to the Public

Jake Sullivan: Where are the Democrats Headed on Foreign Policy?

Tue., Oct. 30, 2018 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Democrats are not just debating Trump on foreign policy, they are debating each other on big questions - the size and posture of the US military, the role of human rights and democracy, the terms and purposes of future trade agreements, the shape of competition with China and Russia, and the fundamental issue of whether the US should continue to seek a global leadership role. How will this debate play out as we head toward 2020?

Professor Nicholas Burns will moderate the discussion. 


Seminar - Open to the Public

Vijayendra Rao — Deliberative inequality: a text-as-data study of Tamil Nadu's village assemblies

Fri., Nov. 2, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies - South Building, Room S153

The resurgence of deliberative institutions in the developing world has prompted a renewed interest in the dynamics of citizen engagement. Using text-as-data methods on an original corpus of village assembly transcripts from rural Tamil Nadu, India, this paper opens the "black box" of deliberation to examine the gendered and status-based patterns of influence. Drawing on normative theories of deliberation, this analysis identifies a set of clear empirical standards for “good” deliberation, based on an individual's ability both to speak and be heard, and uses natural language processing methods to generate these measures. The study first shows that these assemblies are not mere "talking shop" for state officials to bluster and read banal announcements, but rather, provide opportunities for citizens to challenge their elected officials, demand transparency, and provide information about authentic local development needs. Second, the study finds that across multiple measures of deliberative influence, women are at a disadvantage relative to men; women are less likely to speak, set the agenda, and receive a relevant response from state officials. Finally, the paper shows that although quotas for women on village councils have little impact on the likelihood that they speak, they do improve the likelihood that female citizens are heard. Read the full paper here.