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 intrastate conflict prevention and resolution studies.
BCSIA provides leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about international security and other critical issues where science, technology, and international affairs intersect. The center pursues its mission in four complementary research programs: International Security; Environmental and Natural Resources; Science, Technology, and Public Policy; and the World Peace Foundation Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution.
The heart of the center is its resident research community of scholars, including Harvard faculty, analysts, practitioners, and research fellows.
BCSIA’s International Security Program (ISP) addresses the most important challenges to U.S. national security and international security. The program advances scholarship in security studies and publishes the leading scholarly journal in the field, International Security. Its research agenda includes de-nuclearization (reducing the threat from “loose nukes”); chemical and biological weapons; regional security; internal and ethnic conflict; preventive defense; and domestic preparedness.
The 2002-03 ISP Fellows
Ivan Arreguin-Toft focuses on the political and military utility of barbarism – the systematic violations of the laws of war as a military strategy.
Roberto Belloni is a joint World Peace Foundation (WPF)/ISP fellow whose research focuses on peace-building strategies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, humanitarian intervention, and genocide.
Marie Besancon studies the role of inequality between genders in ethnic and intrastate conflict, demographic changes in the Middle East conflict, and Ireland.
Stephen Brooks is currently finishing a book that examines how recent shifts in the production strategies of multinational corporations influence international security.
Lucy Chester is a joint WPF/ISP fellow whose research interests include cartographic history, gender studies, violence and territoriality, and partition as a tool for conflict resolution.
Renske Doorenspleet is a joint WPF/ISP fellow who studies democratic transitions and consolidation, conflict resolution, Africa and Asia, and quantitative and qualitative methodology. She is researching democracy in divided countries.
Thomas Foley recently completed his service as U.S. ambassador to Japan. A former 15-term congressman (D-Wash.), and the 49th speaker of the House of Representatives, Foley is a senior fellow with the Belfer Center.
Kerry Fosher is conducting fieldwork among people involved in homeland security in the Greater Boston area. Fosher is also documenting how people incorporate national security activities into their daily lives and ascribe meaning to these new roles.
John Garofano is completing a book on U.S. decisions for and against military intervention since 1950.
Arman Grigorian is a joint WPF/ISP fellow studying the phenomenon of escalated violence in state-minority disputes in the face of third-party interventions or threats to carry them out.
Peter Grose is the former executive editor of Foreign Affairs and most recently the author of “Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles.” He is writing on intelligence history in the Cold War.
Mark Haas is researching the impact of political ideologies on states’ foreign policies.
Kendall Hoyt is studying the organization and regulation of scientific research for biodefense, and is researching innovations in public health surveillance.
Bonnie Jenkins is studying the interplay of norms, domestic politics, regime theory, and international law in why states decide not to develop nuclear weapons.
Michael Lippitz specializes in the development and implementation of integrated technology and industrial marketing strategies for government, corporations, and academic and research institutions.
Sarah Lischer is a joint WPF/ISP fellow whose current research involves in-depth comparisons of violent and nonviolent cases to explain the political incentives for the international spread of civil war in refugee crises.
Gregory Mitrovich researches the political implications of nuclear weapons in a strategic environment absent second-strike retaliatory capabilities.
Jean Mulot studies the phenomenon of terrorism in the broader context of a changing international security environment applying multifactor and systemic approaches.
Kevin Narizny examines the domestic sources of security policy in the United States and Great Britain from 1865 to 1929.
Sadako Ogata is the former UN high commissioner for refugees and is currently a research fellow and scholar in residence at the Ford Foundation.
Sean Patrick is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C., where he serves as information assurance division chief, deputy chief of staff for its office of communications and information.
Alisa Ruben Peled is conducting research on regional cooperation prospects in the Middle East, private sector participation in infrastructure, and government support of the high-tech sector in Israel and Ireland.
Jeremy Pressman is studying the history and mythology of Israel-Palestinian negotiations and violence in 2000-01.
David Rezvani examines the newly apparent, semisovereign political entities, known as “federacies,” and their origins, maintenance, and possible failure.
Richard Rosecrance is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and principal investigator of that university’s Carnegie Project on “Globalization and Self-Determination.”
Dennis Ross is a distinguished fellow and counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, D.C., and a lecturer in public policy at KSG. For more than 12 years, during the Bush and Clinton administrations, he played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process.
Ben Runkle is examining competing theories of whether and how mutual military buildups escalate to war.
Allen Sessoms is examining the redefinition of North America as a single economic entity.
Margaret Sloane examines Iraq’s biological weapons program and its implications for counterproliferation efforts.
Christopher Twomey focuses on international security theory, Sino-American diplomatic and security relations, and the international relations of East Asia.
Aaronette White is studying the diverse experiences of African women guerrilla soldiers in order to understand why and under what conditions women voluntarily join guerrilla armies.