Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is a permanent research center located within the John F. Kennedy School of Government
John F. Kennedy School of Government
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is a public policy and public administration school, and one of Harvard's graduate and professional schools...

 at Harvard University
Harvard University
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...

. The center's current director is political scientist Graham T. Allison
Graham T. Allison
Graham Tillett Allison, Jr. is an American political scientist and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is renowned for his contribution in the late 1960s and early 1970s to the bureaucratic analysis of decision making, especially during times of crisis...

.

Belfer was founded in 1973 by biochemist Paul M. Doty
Paul M. Doty
Paul Mead Doty is an emeritus Harvard Mallinckrodt Professor of Biochemistry who specialized in the physical properties of macromolecules and has been strongly involved in peace and security policy issues....

 as the 'Program for Science and International Affairs' within Harvard
Harvard University
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...

's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to provide analysis on arms control and nuclear threat reduction. Following a grant from the Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is a private foundation incorporated in Michigan and based in New York City created to fund programs that were chartered in 1936 by Edsel Ford and Henry Ford....

, the program was re-established as the Center for Science and International Affairs, becoming the first permanent research center at the newly formed School of Government. In 1997, following further endowment, the center was renamed as the Robert and Renée Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in honor of Robert A. Belfer, founder of Belco Oil & Gas Corporation.

Board members


Center board members include:
  • Lewis M. Branscomb
    Lewis M. Branscomb
    Lewis M. Branscomb is an American physicist, government policy advisor, and corporate research manager. He is best known as former head of the National Bureau of Standards and, later, chief scientist of IBM; and as a prolific writer on science policy issues.Following World War II service in the...

    , Professor emeritus of Public Policy and Corporate Management
  • Albert Carnesale
    Albert Carnesale
    Albert Carnesale is an American academic. He is a former chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, provost of Harvard University, and dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In November 1994, while serving as Dean and Provost, Carnesale also served as Acting President...

    , former Harvard University provost
  • Ashton B. Carter
    Ashton Carter
    Ashton Baldwin Carter is a United States national security professional. He is is the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense. Prior to that, He served as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics for President Barack Obama. He is currently on leave from his post as...

    , Chair of International Relations, Security & Science faculty
  • John M. Deutch
    John M. Deutch
    John Mark Deutch is an American chemist and civil servant. He was the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1995 and Director of Central Intelligence from May 10, 1995 until December 15, 1996...

    , former Director of Central Intelligence
  • John P. Holdren, John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy
  • Joseph Nye
    Joseph Nye
    Joseph Samuel Nye, Jr. is the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory neoliberalism, developed in their 1977 book Power and Interdependence. Together with Keohane, he developed the concepts of asymmetrical and complex interdependence...

    , University Distinguished Service Professor

Advisory board


The center has a large international advisory board. Members include:
  • Robert Blackwill
    Robert Blackwill
    Robert Dean Blackwill is an American lobbyist and retired diplomat. Blackwill was the United States Ambassador to India , and United States National Security Council Deputy for Iraq , where he was a liaison between Paul Bremer and Condoleezza Rice.-Early life, education, and Peace Corps...

    , former United States NSC Deputy for Iraq
  • Gregory C. Carr
    Gregory C. Carr
    Gregory C. Carr is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. His most notable philanthropic venture is the restoration of Mozambique's famous Gorongosa National Park, which has been ravaged by civil war and environmental destruction...

    , Boston Technology founder
  • Tim Collins
    Tim Collins (financier)
    Timothy C. Collins, born 1956, is the founder, senior managing director, and chief executive officer of Ripplewood Holdings LLC. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Citigroup....

    , Ripplewood Holdings
    Ripplewood Holdings
    Ripplewood is an American private equity firm based in New York, New York that focuses on leveraged buyouts, late stage venture, growth capital, management buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations and other illiquid investments....

     founder
  • Oleg Deripaska
    Oleg Deripaska
    Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska is the Russian Chief executive officer of Basic Element company and a member of the Board of Directors and CEO of United Company RUSAL, a Russian aluminium industry company...

    , UC RUSAL chairman
  • Tom Foley
    Tom Foley
    Thomas Stephen Foley was the 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1989 to 1995. He represented Washington's 5th congressional district for 30 years as a Democratic member from 1965 to 1995....

    , Trilateral Commission chairman
  • Steven J. Green
    Steven J. Green
    Steven J. Green is an American businessman and Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Singapore in Miami, Florida. He was the United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1997 to 2001.-Education and family:...

    , former U.S. Ambassador
  • Nathaniel Rothschild
    Nathaniel Philip Rothschild
    Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild , also known as Nat, is a British-born financier who has settled in Switzerland, and a scion of the prominent Rothschild family. He is the Chairman of "JNR Limited", an investment advisory business primarily focused on emerging markets and the metals, mining...

    , Atticus Capital co-chairman
  • James Schlesinger
    James R. Schlesinger
    Dr. James Rodney Schlesinger is an American politician. He is best known for serving as Secretary of Defense from 1973 to 1975 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford...

    , former U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Paul Volcker
    Paul Volcker
    Paul Adolph Volcker, Jr. is an American economist. He was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve under United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan from August 1979 to August 1987. He is widely credited with ending the high levels of inflation seen in the United States in the 1970s and...

    , former United States Chairman of the Federal Reserve