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Arctic Initiative

The Arctic Initiative strives to increase understanding and improve policies to respond to what is happening in the changing Arctic region by initiating new research; by convening policy makers, scientists, and politicians; and by developing a new generation of public and private officials with a much greater knowledge of the factors that are affecting the Arctic ecosystems and their implications for the environmental, social, and economic systems around the globe.

Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security

The Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security will conduct studies related to defense, security, and intelligence issues relevant to Saudi Arabia and the GCC states – Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and, Qatar. It will specifically examine the regional tensions, rivalries, and conflicts that confront these nations with a special emphasis on the military, security, and intelligence aspects.

Iran Project

The Iran Project aims to increase our understanding of Iran and contemporary Iranian affairs from its nuclear program to Iranian state and society more broadly. The Iran Project hopes to support the efforts of Iranian students and those involved in Iranian studies at Harvard University and to become a diplomatic bridge to engage Iran and Iranian universities and research institutes.

Cyber Security Project

The Cyber Security Project investigates how developments in the field of cybersecurity will shape international conflict and seeks to become the premier home for rigorous and policy-relevant study of these and related questions.

Applied History Project

The Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the explicit attempt to illuminate current challenges and choices by analyzing historical precedents and analogues. Mainstream historians begin with an event or era and attempt to provide an account of what happened and why. Applied Historians begin with a current choice or predicament and analyze the historical record to provide perspective, stimulate imagination, find clues about what is likely to happen, suggest possible interventions, and assess probable consequences.

Environment and Natural Resources Program

The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is at the center of the Harvard Kennedy School's research and outreach on public policy that affects global environmental quality and natural resources management.

Diplomacy and International Politics Program

The Diplomacy and International Politics program comprises the Belfer Center’s signature projects on diplomacy and regional politics, including the Future of Diplomacy Project, the Middle East Initiative, the India and South Asia Project, and—in conjunction with the Harvard Law and Harvard Business Schools—the Secretaries of State Project. Though distinct in focus, all emphasize the essential role of diplomacy in preventing conflict and building a more secure, peaceful world.

Regional Studies East Asia

Regional Studies East Asia is a vibrant interdisciplinary area studies program designed to accommodate a wide range of interests and needs for graduate training in the languages, societies and cultures of East Asia.  The program affords students interested in a professional career of engagement with Asia an opportunity to pursue a flexible and varied course of instruction related to their career interests; it also serves the needs of students who wish to enter a Ph.D.

Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University

The Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University inspires and supports innovative learning, teaching, and dialogue about cutting-edge, multidisciplinary global challenges. The Incubator fosters and evaluates new pedagogical tools and instructional strategies that bridge disciplinary fields, educational spaces, and groups of learners. Its mission reflects seismic shifts of opportunity and need in both world health and higher education.

Middle East and North Africa Research Center

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Research Center opened in 2013. Based in Istanbul, the MENA Research Center is the most recent addition to the School's network of Global Centers. The center plays an important role in helping the School develop and strengthen relationships with Turkish business and academic leaders. Drawing on Istanbul's strategic location historically, as a gateway between the East and the West, it offers a unique vantage point from which the School might also connect to the Islamic world.

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