Singapore's Complex Political Legacy

"Not since the ancient era of city-states has a leader such as Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew exerted such a disproportionate influence on the global stage,” writes Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs Tony Saich in an article for The World Post describing the country's political climate and uncertain future. 

Ash Center Communiqué Spring 2015

The Ash Center's Communique Magazine recaps our recent #Hack4Congress events and highlights the work of Bright Idea Award winners from across the country.  It also profiles Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Humayun Sarabi and the organization he founded to advocate for women's rights in Afghanistan. 

HKS Efforts in New Orleans Create a Model for Disaster Response

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States leaving thousands of Americans displaced and infrastructure severely damaged. New Orleans, the city most affected by the hurricane, has been rebuilding ever since. HKS was part of the response and answered the call to action by collaborating with community leaders in a devastated New Orleans neighborhood and establishing the Broadmoor Project.

Broadmoor Project

Featured Publication

The Arab Spring 

Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, and Andrew Reynolds, Oxford University Press, 2015

The Arab Spring's modest harvest cries out for explanation. Why did regime change take place in only four Arab countries and why has democratic change proved so elusive in the countries that made attempts? The Arab Spring attempts to answer those questions.

A Gathering Revolution in Regulation

regulating taxisIn cities around the country, we're seeing the beginning of fundamental change in how governments discharge their regulatory responsibilities as app-empowered consumers evolve from passive captives of regulated services into an active force for change.  

Course Guide

Check out courses related to democratic governance and innovation taught at the Harvard Kennedy School.

course guide

Innovation in American Government Award

Innovations in American Government Awards sealThe Ash Center announces the finalists and top programs from around the country for its Innovation in American Government Award and a special award for public engagement in honor of the Center's tenth anniversary. These initiatives represent the cutting edge of innovative government programs from city, state, and federal government agencies across the country. 


Indonesian Democracy

Jay Rosengard, faculty director of the HKS Indonesia Program describes how Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, has the potential to be a transformational leader -- one with no connection to the country's previous military regime.