Aspen Institute Launches Cybersecurity Working Group

The Aspen Institute launched on Friday its newest strategy group, a cross-sector public-private forum aimed at translating pressing cybersecurity conversations into action. The Aspen cyber group will facilitate robust conversation between 35 experts from both the public and private sectors on how to best address today’s cybersecurity challenges.

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In Memoriam: Chuck Cogan, Longtime International Security Program Associate

Dr. Charles G. "Chuck" Cogan, an International Security Program associate since 2006, died peacefully in his sleep on December 14, 2017 at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a frequent participant over the years in ISP seminars and other Center events, contributing his insights and anecdotes from his long career as a Central Intelligence Agency officer and his subsequent career as a historian.

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Harvard Project: Events and Outreach at COP-23

Venue for COP-23 in Bonn, Germany

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements conducted three side-event panels at the Twenty-Third Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Bonn, Germany, November 6–17, 2017. (The government of Fiji officially presided over the COP.) COP-23 focused on elaborating the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at COP-21 in December 2015 and which entered into force on November 4, 2016.

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The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements at COP-23

Venue for COP-23 in Bonn, Germany

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements conducted three side-event panels at the Twenty-Third Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Bonn, Germany, November 6–17, 2017. (The government of Fiji officially presided over the COP.) COP-23 focused on elaborating the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at COP-21 in December 2015 and which entered into force on November 4, 2016.

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Tribute to Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It is with a heavy heart that the Intelligence Project must announce the passing of Dr. Charles G. Cogan, longtime associate and friend of Harvard University. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 14, 2017, a month shy of his 90th birthday. Chuck, as we knew him, continued to research, write, attend and contribute to Intelligence talks at Harvard until his finals days. We will all miss his indomitable spirit, razor-sharp mind, and cheerful interaction with all he encountered. He substantially enriched the educational experience of students, researchers, faculty and guests.

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Remembering Our Colleague Professor Calestous Juma

Photo of Calestous Juma in his office.

Our colleague Calestous Juma—who passed away on December 15 at age 64 after a long illness—was a pioneering, prolific, and influential scholar/practitioner in science and technology policy for sustainable well-being. He joined Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in 1999 as Director of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Project (a joint venture of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Center for International Development) and became Professor of the Practice of International Development in 2002, a position in which he maintained his exceptional productivity and engagement with policy, despite illness, up to the time of his death.

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Remembering Calestous Juma

Calestous Juma

To ministers and heads of state, he was a sought-after adviser, pointing the way toward reforms that boosted farm yields, educational standards, and economic prosperity. To the scientific community, he was an unstinting champion of innovation and rigorous evidence. To his students, he was a passionate teacher and mentor. To thousands of his fans on social media, he was a fount of insight, optimism, and good humor. To us, he was a dear friend and extraordinary colleague.

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Making Decisions Under Pressure – A Conversation with Ash Carter

Photo of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter with ARmy Gen. John Nicholson in Afghanistan in 2016.

As former Defense Secretary, Ash Carter is no stranger to high-pressure situations. Yet he recalls these intense experiences in a measured tone, describing his reactions and rationales in precise detail. Methodical decision-making, he explains, is a critical skill of someone in his position, saying, "If you're going to make an important decision, you have to make sure that you have buttoned it down."

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2017 Senior Fellows Bring High-level Expertise to Belfer Center and Harvard Kennedy School

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on July 25, 2016.

During 2017, the Belfer Center was honored to welcome a number of new senior fellows, dedicated public servants who have served in high-levels of government. All of the new faces in our midst help the Center build bridges across aisles and oceans as they work with students, faculty, and other fellows to tackle today’s most challenging issues.  We were pleased to announce the following senior fellows during 2017.

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Inside the Middle East Q&A: Hicham Alaoui on Democracy, Opposition, and Institutions in North Africa and the Middle East

Excerpt from an October 24th installment of the “Inside the Middle East" Q&A Series, with Hicham Alaoui, Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and D.Phil. Candidate at Oxford University, on current trends in North African politics including Tunisia’s nascent democracy, North Africa’s unique position in the Middle East region, and the ongoing protests in Morocco’s Rif region.

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American Energy Society Names Meghan O’Sullivan 2017 “Energy Writer of the Year”

The American Energy Society has named the Belfer Center’s Meghan O’Sullivan the 2017 “Energy Writer of the Year.” O’Sullivan, the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Belfer Center's Geopolitics of Energy Project, received the prestigious award for her recently published book Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power and for her New York Times commentary “How Trump Can Harness the U.S. Energy Boom.”

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