2 Upcoming Events

Map of Cold War–era Europe showing countries that received Marshall Plan aid. The blue columns show the relative amount of total aid per state.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Borrowed Power: Financial Origins of Grand Strategy

Thu., Jan. 24, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

1 Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Daniel Z. Jacobs, Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow, International Security Program

What are the sources of grand strategy, the relationship of national power to national interest? Answers to this question tend to emphasize domestic interests, cultural and ideational impulses, state capacity, or the distribution of military power. The speaker, however, argues that it is a state's ability to harness the wealth of others that shapes both what the state wants (i.e., national interest) and how the state goes about getting it (i.e., national power).

The core component of this argument is financial power; that is, the costs a state pays to facilitate public spending through borrowing. When these costs are relatively high, the state is likely to define its national interest narrowly and rely for its security on the self-correcting nature of the balance of power. By contrast, when the costs of borrowing are relatively low, the state will take a broader view of its national interest. As a result, the state is likely to reshape the balance of power in its favor and attempt to preserve this newfound distribution. Overall, scholars and policymakers can say that as a state's financial power rises, its grand strategy becomes increasingly ambitious.

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

Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask About Russian Espionage"

Wed., Jan. 30, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

The Intelligence Project will host the Spring Semester kick-off seminar from 12:00-1:30pm in the Malkin Penthouse. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Panelists will include:

General (Ret) James R. Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Intelligence Project Director; Former Department of Energy Director of Intelligence & Counterintelligence; Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

Paul Kolbe, Former CIA Division Chief; Former CIA Chief of Station

BG (Ret) Kevin Ryan, Former Defense Attache to Russia; Founder, US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism; Founder, Elbe Group