Challenges to the Syria Peace Talks

PODCAST: The Ash Center hosted a discussion entitled "Challenges to the Syria Peace Talks in Geneva: How Local Governance and the War Economy Shape the Prospects for International Diplomacy" with Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj, co-coordinator of the Syria Project at the Common Space Initiative in Beirut.

Challenges to the Syria Peace Talks in Geneva | AshCast by Harvard University

Communiqué Spring 2016

The Communiqué Magazine is hot off the presses! In this issue, we showcase the China Philanthropy Project, a new research initiative surveying China's philanthropic landscape. We also profile Roy and Lila Ash Fellow and longtime educator Priscilla Lee. 

Innovations Award in American Government - Apply by April 29th

Innovations in American Government Awards sealFINAL DAYS! Apply now or nominate a candidate for the 2016 Innovations in American Government Award here.  For the second straight year, the Ash Center is also funding a second innovation award, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, to better highlight the work of public engagement and participation programs, policies, and initiatives from around the country.


Democracy Retrospective

Ash Center Democracy Fellowship Five-Year RetrospectiveRetrospective: The Ash Center's Democracy Fellowship Program brings together a vibrant community of postdoctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, and senior scholars in a unique intellectual environment in which academic thought and leadership can flourish.

Overcoming the Data Gap

"The successes we have seen from leading cities in using data to improve the lives of their residents prove that data efforts are not only possible, but imperative," says Director of the Innovations in Government Program Steve Goldsmith writing for the Data Smart City Solutions blog.


Democracy in the Digital Age

Within the past year, the Ash Center and the Harvard Kennedy School have responded to the growing need for future public leaders to be equipped with a solid foundation in technological skills in order to navigate an increasingly digitized world


Hong Kong and Mainland China

Hong Kong and Mainland China: Uneasy BedfellowsFormer Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Anson Chan joined Ash Center Director Anthony Saich at the JFK Forum for a discussion on recent conflicts between Hong Kong and Mainland China. 

Race and American Politics

A new piece from the Challenges to Democracy blog recaps "Race, Public Opinion, and the Fight Over Reparations in the Age of Obama," an event hosted at the Ash Center that examined the common objections to reparations for African enslavement in the United States.