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WCFIA Faculty Associate and Former Director Joseph Nye, Jr., Wins Book Award

April 4, 2017

Faculty Associate Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, was awarded the Global Policy Book Award recently for his 2015 book, Is the American Century Over? The award, given by the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University, recognizes books that make a profound impact on the discussion of global politics. 

Faculty Associate Emeritus Herbert C. Kelman Awarded National Order of Merit

March 20, 2017

Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University, was recently presented with the Grand Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria. According to the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, the prize "recognizes Kelman's pioneering role in contemporary peace research and his extraordinary intellectual achievements." 

Faculty Associate Maya Jasanoff Wins Windham-Campbell Prize

March 2, 2017

Congratulations to WCFIA Faculty Associate Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University, on winning the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. The prize, given by Yale University, was awarded to eight recipients honored for their literary achievement or promise. Jasanoff is the author of two award-winning works of nonfiction, and has a forthcoming book called The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, to be published in November 2017.

Weatherhead Center Director Michèle Lamont Awarded Erasmus Prize 2017

February 20, 2017


The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is delighted to announce that its Director, Michèle Lamont, has been awarded the 2017 Erasmus Prize. One of Europe’s most illustrious recognitions, the prize honors individual or group contributions to European culture, society or social science. The prize is named after Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance humanist, and the awards ceremony will be held in November at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. It comes with an award of 150,000 Euros.

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WCFIA Responds to the Executive Order to Ban Refugees and Immigrants from Seven Majority Muslim Countries

January 31, 2017

As director and executive director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, we want to express solidarity with all the members of our community and other human beings who will be affected by this ill-considered executive order. This decision inflames existing tensions and represents an inexcusable attack against Muslims. It also violates our sense of communal living as well as fundamental human rights principles and obligations to protect refugees.

The executive order will affect our students, faculty, and our partners in many parts of the world. It defies the values,...

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In Memoriam: Thomas C. Schelling, 1921–2016

December 21, 2016

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs solemnly acknowledges the loss of one of its founders, Thomas C. Schelling

Image of Thomas SchellingA Nobel Prize-winning economist and arms control theorist during the Cold War, Schelling passed away on December 13, at the age of 95.

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Faculty Associate Michael Reich Receives Lifetime Service Award for Research

November 29, 2016

Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has received a Lifetime Service award. Reich was given the award for his work—spanning more than four decades—in the field of health policy and systems research. The award is given by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSE) and Health Systems Global (HSG).


WCFIA Faculty Associate Calestous Juma Receives 2017 Breakthrough Paradigm Award

October 31, 2016

Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School, was recently named a recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Paradigm Award. The award, given by the Breakthrough Institute, "recognizes accomplishment and leadership in the effort to make the future secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling for all the world’s inhabitants on an ecologically vibrant planet." Juma's groundbreaking research in biotechnology and innovation solidifies his position as a thought leader in the fields of science and technology. He will accept this award next summer at the Breakthrough Dialogue, a two-day conference devoted to democracy in the Anthropocene. 

Faculty Associate Tamar Herzog Awarded James A. Rawley Prize

October 7, 2016

Tamar Herzog, Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, was awarded the 2016 James A. Rawley Prize for her book, Frontiers of Possession: Spain and Portugal in Europe and the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2015). The award, given by the American Historical Association, goes to the best book that explores the integration of Atlantic worlds before the twentieth century. 

WCFIA Faculty Associate Susan J. Pharr Wins the Japan Foundation Award

September 6, 2016

Faculty Associate and director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Susan J. Pharr, also the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University, was awarded a 2016 Japan Foundation Award for her lifetime of work in promoting international mutual understanding, especially between Japan and the United States. Pharr is a widely recognized leader in her field, and holds deep insight into Japanese politics through a comparative politics lens. Every year the Japan Foundation awards individuals and organizations that have helped promote understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries. 

Welcome 2016–2017 Center Affiliates

August 29, 2016

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs welcomes our new and returning affiliates. In 2016–2017, The Center continues to offer a wide array of seminarsprogramsconferences, and other research activities. Interested individuals can participate in our open seminars and events, as well as, search our online database of research publications produced by Center affiliates. For more information on the Center's plans and goals for the upcoming academic year, please read the message from the director.

WCFIA Senior Associate Karl Kaiser Wins Dr. Jean Mayer Award

July 13, 2016

Karl Kaiser, Senior Associate of the Weatherhead Center's Program on Transatlantic Relations and adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. Recipients of this award, given by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University, typically give a lecture and work with the IGL to create meaningful learning opportunities for its students at their organization or home country. 

Three WCFIA Undergraduate Associates Awarded 2016 Hoopes Prize

May 10, 2016

Congratulations to WCFIA Undergraduate Associates Hanna Amanuel, Alice Siqi Han, and Bianca Mulaney, who are among the winners of the 2016 Hoopes Prize. Every year awards are given to a group of Harvard seniors who demonstrate outstanding scholarly work or research. Students win a monetary award and their projects are bound and available in Lamont Library for two years.

WCFIA Faculty Associate Orlando Patterson Wins 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

April 7, 2016

Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, was awarded the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to the understanding of racism and the appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Patterson edited The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth in 2015.

New Book by Faculty Associate Matthew Desmond

March 1, 2016

Matthew Desmond, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center, recently published Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Told through the stories of eight families in Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods, the book details America's extreme poverty and economic exploitation, and offers new ideas to solve this crisis.

New Epicenter Blog

February 19, 2016
We’ve launched our new blog, Epicenter, which provides commentary and analysis on issues that transcend borders. The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is committed to Harvard's tradition of fostering innovative, timely, and scholarly activities that help us all make sense of the world. Subscribe to the accompanying e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter for the latest research news from the Weatherhead Center.

New Book by Faculty Associate Serhii Plokhi

January 28, 2016

Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University recently published The Gates of Europe A History of Ukraine. The book is an authoritative history of this vital country and provides a unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War. 

WCFIA Undergraduate Bianca Mulaney Receives Marshall Scholarship

December 16, 2015

Bianca Mulaney is one of two Harvard recipients to receive the Marshall Scholarship, which finances talented young Americans to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Mulaney, whose research interests involve assessing the economic impact of antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, plans to study at both the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Read more about the award in the...

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Watch the Video | The Jodidi Lecture by His Highness the Aga Khan on Vimeo

November 15, 2015

The Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture held on November 12, 2015 was delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at Memorial Church, Harvard University. The Lecture—entitled, "The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World," was sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program. The lecture was followed by a conversation between His Highness the Aga Khan and Professor Diana L. Eck.

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