We begin 2013 with some important changes to the Fellows Program. These changes will take effect in 2013-2014, and will, we believe, ensure the long-term viability of a program that was established more than half a century ago. Indeed, we look forward to continuing to welcome outstanding practitioners to the Weatherhead Center, in particular, individuals who come to Harvard with a clear statement of the research they plan to undertake. Our intellectual community provides a nurturing environment, and we will encourage and facilitate, where appropriate, collaboration between a faculty associate and Fellow. In addition, we will permit shorter research stays for practitioners, as we recognize that it is difficult for an increasing number of professionals to be away from the office for a full academic year.
More immediately, we are preparing for a reunion of former Fellows of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Over the course of three days, from Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20, alumni will hear from accomplished WCFIA Ph.D. candidates about their thesis research, attend a dinner and talk at the Harvard Faculty Club, and participate in a conference entitled Searching for Balance in an Unstable World. In keeping with our mission to promote interaction between scholars and practitioners, the conference provides an important opportunity for returning Fellows and Harvard faculty to debate and discuss the important issues of the day. Participants will examine international security challenges, consider the global implications of the growing power of China, contemplate the prospects for growth in Africa, discuss peace and conflict in North Africa and the Middle East, explore the future of the European Union, and consider the long-term effects of the global economic and financial crisis of recent years.
As we approach our 56th year, we look forward to a new Fellows Program, and we welcome the input of all our stakeholders: faculty, students and Fellows.