Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

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Group.png Weatherhead Center for International Affairs  
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HeadquartersHarvard University
Typea research center for international affairs
Membership• Graham T. Allison
• Robert R. Bowie
• Zbigniew Brzezinski
• Richard N. Cooper
• Robin Fontes
• David Galula
• Samuel P. Huntington
• Arne Olav Brundtland
• Henry Kissinger
• John Mearsheimer
• Joseph Nye
• Robert D. Putnam
• Dani Rodrik
• Kenneth Rogoff
• Thomas Schelling
• Gene Sharp
• Amartya Sen
• Andreas Umland
"A research center for international affairs"

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is a research center for international affairs and the largest international research center within Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is headed by Michèle Lamont.

The center was founded as the Center for International Affairs in 1958 and assumed its current name in 1998 following an endowment by Albert Weatherhead and Celia Weatherhead and the Weatherhead Foundation. The aim of the Center is to confront the world's problems as diagnosed by its founders Robert R. Bowie and Henry Kissinger in their specification of The Program of the Center for International Affairs (1958):

   "Foreign affairs in our era pose unprecedented tasks…Today no region is isolated; none can be ignored; actions and events even in remote places may have immediate worldwide impact…vast forces are reshaping the world with headlong speed. Under the impact of wars, nationalism, technology, and communism, the old order has been shattered. Empires have crumbled; nations once dominant are forced to adapt to shrunken influence. New nations have emerged and are struggling to survive…Nowhere do traditional attitudes fit the new realities…Thus notions of sovereignty and independence need revision to apply to a world where a nation's level of life or survival may depend as much on the actions of other countries as on its own... "

The Center is the located within Harvard University's Center for Government and International Studies Every year, it hosts approximately fifteen Fellows, at least three of whom are from the three major branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Members have included Gene Sharp, the founder of modern US regime change operations and David Galula, a French officer who specialized in the theory and practice of counterinsurgency warfare.

Programs (selection)

The center uses the word 'clusters' for its groups, a word also used by the Institute for Statecraft

  • Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy. "How can demagogues be kept out of power? What are the best institutional and organizational responses to groups and parties that use the language of democracy to undermine democracy?"
  • Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs."Iran’s foreign policy in the region and its network of allies, inclusive of the Axis of Resistance, is a significant topic of study given its outsized role and influence in regional geopolitics."

  • SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership. "The SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership, launched in the fall of 2016, explores the role of corporations—and other formal organizations—in the creation of international, social, environmental, economic, and political conventions and norms.