Events at the IOP

  1. Study Group with IOP Fellow Bill Kristol

    Tuesday March 2 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, March 2 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Bill Kristol. Bill Kristol is a founding director of Defending Democracy Together, an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to defending America’s liberal democratic norms, principles, and institutions. Kristol has long been recognized as a leading analyst of American politics and has helped shape the national debate on issues ranging from American foreign policy to the meaning of American conservatism. Kristol served in senior positions in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

    Bill will be joined by Sarah Longwell, Director, Republican Accountability Project and Defending Democracy Together.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 3/2

    AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your Harvard email on the day of the study group.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.

  2. Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Governance For the Next Generation

    Wednesday March 3 - 11:30am

    Nuclear safety and security remain issues of vital importance 10 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and 35 years after the tragedy at Chernobyl. Experts and officials continue to debate the lessons learned from these events and their impact at the local, national, and global levels.

    Join us for a conversation featuring International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. This discussion is being held as part of a three-day conference marking the anniversaries of Fukushima and Chernobyl, hosted by the Belfer Center’s Project on Managing the Atom. HKS Lecturer David Sanger, White House national security correspondent and senior writer for The New York Times, will moderate the discussion.

    RSVP here to join the conversation in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum.

  3. Study Group with IOP Fellow Nsé Ufot

    Wednesday March 3 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Nsé Ufot. Nsé Ufot is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Georgia Project (NGP) and its affiliate, New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGP AF). Nsé leads both organizations with a data-informed approach and a commitment to developing tools that leverage technology with the goal of making it easier for every voter to engage in every election.

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 3/3

    AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your Harvard email on the day of the study group.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.

  4. Study Group with IOP Fellow Governor Steve Bullock

    Thursday March 4 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Thursday, March 4th at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Governor Steve Bullock. Born in Missoula, Montana, and raised in Helena blocks away from the State Capitol, Steve Bullock is a product of public schools. Bullock was elected Montana’s 24th Governor, serving from 2013-2020. He worked with a Republican-majority legislature to improve access to health care, kick dark money out of state elections, make record investments in education, protect access to public lands, invest in infrastructure, and strengthen Montana’s economy.

    Governor Bullock will be joined by Tiffany Muller, President & Director, End Citizens United. 

    RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Thursday, 3/4: 

    AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

    ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your Harvard email on the day of the study group.

    OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.

  5. Life Lessons from a Warrior and Storyteller: Admiral Bill McRaven

    Thursday March 4 - 6:00pm

    What could Saddam Hussein, Somali pirates, Osama Bin Laden, and Captain Richard Phillips possibly have in common? A U.S. Navy Admiral, of course. And why would President Obama decide to give this departing Admiral a tape measure as a gift?

    To find out the answers to these and other questions, please join the Institute of Politics as we welcome Admiral Bill McRaven (USN ret.), the former commander of United States Special Operations Command, Navy SEAL, and author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Make Your Bed. Moderated by Brig. General Dana Born (USAF ret.), the conversation will focus on public service, leadership, national security, military non-partisanship, and the new challenges and opportunities younger generations must confront in our globalized society. IOP student leader and JFK Jr. Forum student committee member Ryan Tierney '24 will provide the introduction.

    RSVP here to join the conversation in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum.

  6. One Year Later: COVID-19 and the Road Ahead

    Friday March 5 - 1:00pm

    On the eve of the first anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Institute of Politics gathers the experts from our final in-person Forum event last March to reflect on the past year. Our guests analyze the government and public health response, vaccine development and distribution, and what the future holds with a mutating virus and worldwide variants. How well did the government do with public messaging? Did the public heed the warnings and do their part to stop the spread of the virus?

    Join the IOP as we welcome back Juliette Kayyem, Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Faculty Chair of the Homeland Security and Global Health Project; Helen Branswell, Senior Writer, Infectious Disease at STAT; and Dr. Michael J. Mina, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with moderator Rick Berke, Co-founder & Executive Editor at STAT and Former IOP Senior Advisory Committee Member.

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  7. A Celebration of International Women’s Day with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

    Monday March 8 - 10:00am

    In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan joins the Center for International Development, Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, Women and Public Policy Program, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss women’s empowerment, cross-cultural dialogue, and innovative solutions to global challenges. The conversation will be moderated by Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard.

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  8. The Future of Diplomacy is Female: A Conversation with Secretary Madeleine Albright

    Monday March 8 - 6:00pm

    The U.S. and the world are at an inflection point, where resilient leadership and strategic reimagining of alliances, competition, and power are needed to rebuild at home and abroad. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with her steady voice of reason and analysis, consistently warning of the dangers of fascism and championing the ideals of democracy, is a source of inspiration to women and girls around the world.

    Drawing on her decades of experience, Secretary Albright will discuss the leadership qualities needed to face new diplomatic challenges of the 21st century and share her reflections for aspiring public leaders seeking to chart new leadership paths, public service, and cooperation in the years ahead. In celebration of International Women's Day, this conversation is moderated by Menat Bahnasy AB 2022, Institute of Politics Student President, and Aoibheann Thinnes MPP 2021, Co-chair of Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D).

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  9. Study Group with IOP Fellow Bonnie Glick

    Tuesday March 9 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Tuesday, March 9th at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Bonnie Glick. Bonnie Glick is the former Deputy Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development where she served from January 2019-November 2020 after her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. She oversaw the operations of the Agency with its $20+ billion budget and 11,000 staff in over 100 countries around the world.

    TOPIC: The Global Threat Emanating from the People’s Republic of China. The real world today is one with an emboldened People’s Republic of China and leadership of Chairman Xi and the Chinese Communist Party.  Pundits and scholars refer to a Great Power Competition, but a competition implies that players are playing the same game, on the same playing field, and following the same rules. This is not the case in the strategic rivalry that has emerged between the United States and the PRC.  

    GUEST: We will hear from former Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger on a range of issues that address how the U.S. must address an empowered and emboldened PRC.

    • RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 3/9
    • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.
    • ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your Harvard email on the day of the study group.
    • OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.
  10. Study Group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Tubbs

    Wednesday March 10 - 4:30pm

    Join us on Wednesday, March 10th at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Mayor Michael Tubbs. Michael Tubbs was elected Mayor of Stockton in 2016 at 26 years old. He was Stockton’s first African-American Mayor, and the youngest Mayor of any major city in American history. Prior to his election as Mayor, Tubbs served as a Councilmember for the City of Stockton District 6, a high school educator, and a fellow for the Stanford Design School and the Emerson Collective. 

    SPECIAL GUEST: Chris Hughes (Co-Chair, Economic Security Project)

    • RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, 3/10
    • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.
    • ZOOM: An e-mail confirmation with Zoom participant information will be sent to your Harvard email on the day of the study group.
    • OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.
  11. The Future of the Republican Party

    Wednesday March 10 - 6:00pm

    The Republican Party is in the midst of a struggle between the more populist leaning and traditional elements of the party, the outcome of which will have far-reaching implications for the institutional contours of the GOP. Join the Institute of Politics for a conversation on the future of the Republican Party and American conservatism with thought leader Yuval Levin, Director of Social, Cultural and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of A Time to Build. The conversation is moderated by Harvard Kennedy School’s Arthur C. Brooks, William Henry Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership.

    RSVP here to join the conversation in the virtual JFK Jr. Forum.

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