Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is a permanent research center located within the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The center's current director is political scientist Graham T. Allison.

Belfer was founded in 1973 by biochemist Paul M. Doty as the 'Program for Science and International Affairs' within Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to provide analysis on arms control and nuclear threat reduction. Following a grant from the Ford Foundation, 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.

Center board members include:
*Lewis M. Branscomb, Professor emeritus of Public Policy and Corporate Management
*Albert Carnesale, former Harvard University provost
*Ashton B. Carter, Chair of International Relations, Security & Science faculty
*John M. Deutch, former Director of Central Intelligence
*John P. Holdren, John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy
*Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor

The center has a large international advisory board. Members include:
*Robert Blackwill, former NSC Deputy for Iraq
*Gregory C. Carr, Boston Technology founder
*Tim Collins, Ripplewood Holdings founder
*Oleg Deripaska, RusAl chairman
*Tom Foley, Trilateral Commission chairman
*Steven J. Green, former U.S. Ambassador
*Nathaniel Rothschild, Atticus Capital co-chairman
*James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense
*Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve

External links

*cite web
url=http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/about/history.html
title=Belfer Center - Our History


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