The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) is the hub of the Kennedy School of Government’s (KSG) research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, science and technology policy, and conflict studies.
The center’s mission is to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, and international affairs intersect.The heart of the center is its resident research community of more than 150 scholars including Harvard faculty, analysts, practitioners, and each year, a new, interdisciplinary group of research fellows.
The International Security Program (ISP) addresses the most pressing threats to U.S. national interests and international security, analyzing the forces shaping these problems, and identifying opportunities for effective intervention into the policy process.
The 2001-02 ISP Fellows
Fiona Adamson studies international relations theory, emerging security issues, transnational actors, migration, democratization, and ethnic conflict.
Samina Ahmed focuses on U.S. nonproliferation policy toward South Asia with particular emphasis on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and the arms race in South Asia.
Ivan Arreguín – Toft studies asymmetric conflict: how strong actors – states or nations – can lose when they engage what appear to be much weaker adversaries.
James G. Blight is a professor of international relations at Brown University’s Watson Institute, and analyzes major U.S. foreign policy crises and conflicts of the Cold War.
Lt. Col. Dean R. Clemons is currently completing a National Defense Fellowship and is conducting research on the revolution in military affairs.
Laura K. Donohue focuses on 20th century state responses to terrorist movements in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Southern Africa, Turkey, and continental Europe.
David Edelstein focuses on the sources and effects of state perceptions of other states’ intentions, and studies how governments form beliefs about intentions and respond to those beliefs.
Thomas S. Foley is a senior fellow who recently completed his service as ambassador to Japan. Prior to taking up his diplomatic post, he served as the 49th Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was elected to represent the state of Washington’s 5th Congressional District 15 times, serving his constituents for 30 years.
John Garofano researches Asian security, peacekeeping, and civil-military relations, and is completing a book on U.S. decisions for and against military interventions since 1950.
Stacie E. Goddard is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University whose research interests include rhetoric and legitimacy, bargaining theory, military strategy, and diplomatic history.
Peter Grose, a former editor of Foreign Affairs and former New York Times reporter, writes on intelligence history during the Cold War.
Robert J. Hermann is a visiting scholar with the Preventive Defense Project. He retired in 1998 from United Technologies Corp., where he was senior vice president for science and technology.
Erin Jenne studies ethnic warfare and nationalism. Her dissertation develops a theory of group demands and minority mobilization in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Romania.
Sergei L. Konoplyov, associate director of the Harvard Ukrainian National Security Program and Black Sea Security Program, studies security policies in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.
Ronald R. Krebs, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, studies the consequences of patterns of military service and intra-alliance politics.
Rose McDermott is an assistant professor at Cornell University and studies political psychology in international relations. She works on the impact of medical and psychological illness on foreign policy decision-making.
Jens Meierhenrich focuses on the consequences of democratization for national and international security, and the state as a conceptual variable in international politics, with particular emphasis on South Africa.
Dinshaw Mistry specializes in international security, international organization, technology and policy, and South Asian politics.
Gregory Mitrovich explores the political implications of nuclear weapons in a strategic environment absent of second – strike retaliatory capabilities. He focuses on American responses to the growing Soviet nuclear threat in the 1950s, prior to mutual assured destruction.
Sadako Ogata is a senior fellow and is the former UN high commissioner for Refugees. Prior to that she was dean of the faculty of foreign studies at Sophia University in Tokyo.
Richard Rosecrance is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has written on globalization and the rise of the virtual state.
Jun Tsubouchi is an associate professor at Yamanashi University, Japan, and looks at recent Asia – Pacific security trends, comparing multilateral security frameworks in Europe and the Asia – Pacific.
Christopher P. Twomey is a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and his research centers on international security theory, Sino – American diplomatic and security relations, and the international relations of East Asia generally.
Jim Walsh focuses on nuclear decisionmaking and on why countries decide against acquiring nuclear weapons. He has investigated nuclear policy in a number of countries, including Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, and Italy.
Yuan – kang Wang is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago and studies the influence of culture on Imperial China’s national security policy. He focuses on Asian security, U.S. – China relations, and the Taiwan issue.
The Strengthening Democratic Institutions (SDI) Project catalyzes support for transformations in Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union to sustainable democracies, free market economies, and cooperative international relations.
The 2001-02 fellows for SDI
Vladimir Boxer was a leader in the Russian pro – democratic movement and studies democratization and elections in Russia.
C. Maury Devine is a former Mobil executive affiliated with SDI’s Caspian Studies Program. She is researching oil pipeline politics and how business/government relations affect oil and gas development in the Caspian Sea region.
Mohammad Hariri-Akbari is affiliated with SDI’s Caspian Studies Program and is a professor at Tabriz University in Iran. He focuses on ethnic minorities in Iran, especially on Azerbaijanians.
Mitchell A. Orenstein is an assistant professor at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and focuses on post – communist privatization, labor relations, social policy, and democratic deliberation.
Brenda Shaffer is a fellow in ISP and is research director of SDI’s Caspian Studies Program. Her research interests include political, social, and security trends in the Caucasus and Central Asia, with emphasis on Azerbaijan, ethnic politics in Iran, and Russian – Iranian relations.
The WPF Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution analyzes the causes of ethnic, religious, and other intercommunal conflict, and seeks to identify practical ways to prevent and limit such conflict.
The 2001-02 fellow for WPF
Maria Koinova focuses on the ethnic conflict and its management in Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Yugoslavia. Her current interests focus on issues of intrastate conflict and its management, and on decentralization and regionalism in Europe.
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