2014: Year in Review

November 21, 2014

From the rise of ISIS, Ebola, and global temperatures to the plunge in oil prices and drama in Ukraine and Iran, the Belfer Center provided crucial insight and policy leadership in 2014. Take a look back at some of our most notable work during the year.

Explore the Belfer Center's 2014 highlights ›




December 12, 2014

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Fellowships, 2015–2016

Each year, the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School welcomes new pre- and post-doctoral fellows and visiting researchers to a select team of scholars exploring the critical role that science and technology play in everyday life.



U.S. Congress

December 11, 2014

"Failures to Launch"

Foreign Policy

By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

"Contrast that admirable clarity and responsiveness with the way that the United States deals with far more costly foreign policy screw-ups. Even when the strategic and/or human consequences are enormous, the U.S. government finds it nearly impossible to evaluate what went wrong in a candid, clear-eyed, and timely manner. It is even harder for the government to assign responsibility for wrongdoing; if anything, officials tend to bend over backward to shield wrongdoers..."



AP Photo

December 11, 2014

"The Senate’s CIA report is a necessary public accounting"

Washington Post

By David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative named Abu Zubaida sent a message to his superiors on Aug. 4, 2002, the day the CIA first used the technique known as “waterboarding.” He hauntingly titled his cable: “So it begins.”

“Longest time with the cloth over his face so far has been 17 seconds. This is sure to increase shortly. NO useful information so far. . . . I’m head[ing] back for another water board session.”

And so dawned a nightmare era in which a CIA with little expertise in interrogation worked desperately to gather information that might protect a nation severely traumatized by the events of Sept. 11, 2001.




December 9, 2014

"Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology"

Genetic Literacy Project

By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa

"African countries, by virtue of being latecomers, have had the advantage of using second-generation GM seed. African farmers can take advantage of technological leapfrogging to reap high returns from transgenic crops while reducing the use of chemicals. In 2010, Kenya and Tanzania announced plans to start growing GM cotton in view of the anticipated benefits of second-generation GM cotton. The door is now open for the revolutionary adoption of biotechnology that will extend to other crops as technological familiarity and economic benefits spread."



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<em>International Security</em>

The Fall 2014 Issue of the quarterly journal International Security
is now available!

  1. Falling Short: A Reality Check for Global LNG Exports
  2. Belfer Center: 2014 at a Glance
  3. Why the United States Should Spread Democracy

"The closer we get to the end game, the more incentive he has to stretch it out."

Gary Samore, on the delayed disarmament process in Syria

The Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International affairs has been ranked the world's top University Affiliated Think Tank for 2014.

The annual ranking were issued by University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. More Info ›