Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Russia Matters Initiative

Russia Matters is a project launched in 2016 by Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The project’s main aim is to improve the understanding of Russia and the U.S.-Russian relationship among America’s policymakers and concerned public. It does so by showcasing the best expertise on Russia and its relationships with the rest of the world by providing top-notch analysis, relevant factual data and related digests of news and analysis.

Nuclear Security Matters Initiative

Nuclear Security Matters special initiative provides accessible analysis from the world’s leading experts on nuclear security and nuclear terrorism. It is intended to help inform researchers, reporters, government officials, and the interested public on policy options for strengthening nuclear security and reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism.

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.

Managing the Atom

The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) conducts and disseminates policy-relevant research on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The project supports an international group of pre- and post-doctoral fellows and other experts working on these issues and helps to advance their research work through seminars, workshops, and conferences.

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