Current Research Clusters

Weatherhead Research Cluster on International Security

Much scholarly and public attention is paid these days to nonconventional security challenges like civil conflicts, terrorism, and human security more broadly. Our cluster aims to revive the academic study of traditional interstate security studies at Harvard. This, however, is not a return to ‘old’ security studies nor a reproduction of policy-focused security studies. We are interested in employing new theories and methodologies that are relevant to understanding understudied features in traditional interstate security. Our focus is on three novel research lines:

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Regions in a Multipolar World

Since 2018, the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Regions in a Multipolar World has been focused on building intellectual bridges between the study of multicountry regions, the evolution of the world system, and shared dilemmas of governance. 

In recent decades, a global proliferation of region building has been observed, and regions are now everywhere across the globe and are increasingly fundamental to the functioning of all aspects of world affairs, from trade to conflict management. However, few would go so far as to claim that regions and regionalism monopolize the...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Religion in Public Life in Africa and the African Diaspora

In the fall of 2018, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs launched the Research Cluster on Religion in Public Life in Africa and the African Diaspora to explore the way religion has taken a central place in Africa and African diaspora affairs as well as the Global South. 

Social, economic, and political discourses are increasingly shaped by religious sensibilities and religious activities. This poses a major challenge to African nations in their commitment to creating secular states and in the constantly shifting and contested boundary between the secular and...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion

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The Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion draws on expertise from across disciplines to gain international and comparative perspectives on how to extend cultural membership to the greatest number in society, to gain a better understanding of the social and cultural processes behind recognition gaps, and to determine how social...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy

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The Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy focuses on the different and similar threats to democracy faced by nations around the world. Our aim is to foster conversation between scholars of developing and established democracies, including America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Formerly known as the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations (WIGH)

This cluster began in 2011 as the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, before becoming the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations in 2017.

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Global history is one of the leading new approaches in recent years that has helped to transform the study of the past. The contemporary trends summarized under the term “globalization” have lent urgency to...

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