Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Bldg. 79 JFK St. Cambridge, MA 02138
9:00am to 5:30pm
The Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program and the Harvard Asia Center, with support from The Australian National University’s Indonesia Project, are hosting their first national conference on Indonesia, “Understanding Indonesia: Revealing the Mysteries of Asia’s Inscrutable Giant.” Although Indonesia is a giant of Asia, it has largely escaped the attention of U.S. policy makers, academics, and the public at large. With a population of 250 million, it is the fourth most populous country in the world. It is the largest democratic country with a Muslim-majority population.
In commemoration of the normalization of U.S. diplomatic relations with China, the Ash Center is cosponsoring a major conference in conjunction with the Carter Center in Atlanta and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Ash Center Director Tony Saich will lead a number of sessions exploring areas of mutual interest and concern shared by both China and the U.S. Former president Jimmy Carter will address conference attendees about the future of diplomatic and economic relations between Washington and Beijing.
The 2014 Asia Public Policy Forum “Urban Transport and Land Use in Rapidly Growing Asian Cities” will convene central and local government leaders, city planners and officials from transportation agencies, private sector managers, and scholars from Southeast and East Asia to discuss trends in urban transportation and land use and their implications for congestion and sustainability. Potential policy responses will be explored, including coordinated transportation and land use planning, promotion of public and non-motorized transportation, congestion pricing, and managed urban growth.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, CGIS-South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Sat - Sun, Jun 3 to Jun 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm
About the Project The second annual Workshop of Electoral Integrity will focus upon “Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity.”
Countries around the world share challenges in meeting international standards of electoral integrity. The most overt malpractices used by rulers include imprisoning dissidents, harassing adversaries, coercing voters, vote-rigging counts, and finally, if losing, blatantly disregarding the people’s choice. Serious violations of human rights, undermining electoral credibility, are widely condemned by domestic observers and the international community. Recent protests about integrity have been mobilized in countries as diverse as Russia, Mexico, and Egypt.
In many countries, however, minor irregularities are more common, exemplified by inaccurate voter registers, maladministration of polling, pro-government media, lack of security in absentee ballots, vote miscounts, and gerrymandering. Problems in America are exemplified by the notorious hanging chads in Florida in 2000 and accusations of voter fraud and voter suppression during the Obama-Romney contest.
In response to these developments, recent years have seen growing attempts to analyze flaws in electoral integrity using systematic evidence, including the development of several cross-national data-sets, the use of techniques of forensic analysis, and new instruments monitoring mass and elite perceptions of malpractices.
As it is timely to take stock of these developments, this workshop seeks to bring together international experts among scholars and practitioners to discuss cutting edge research on electoral integrity.
Led by Faculty Chair Anthony Saich and Yu Keping of China’s Central Compilation & Translation Bureau, the 2013 Annual Symposium on Civil Society and Governance was held May 16-17 at the Harvard Center Shanghai. Eighteen faculty panelists from Harvard and China and about 30 special guests were in attendance. The participants had the privilege of hearing from United States Ambassador to China Gary Locke and ZUO Xuejin, the Former Executive Vice (Acting) President of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center
About the Conference The Harvard University Asia Vision 21 annual conference series has been a concerted effort at analyzing long-term issues and developments in Asia while forging a vision of the region for the 21st century. It began as a response to the financial crises of 1997-1998 in which both the causes and some of the proposed solutions to problems in the region were examined. Subsequent conferences explored specific topics, such as the crises recovery period and the burgeoning of globalization, from country-specific points of view and with immediate problems in mind.
Topics For the upcoming Asia Vision 21, we will discuss such topics as Asia and the world economy, domestic and regional security, the challenges of care giving for the elderly in China, and the geo-political impact of developing new sources of energy.
The International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School of Government is a yearly student-organized, student-run conference dedicated to fostering a constructive dialogue between leading academics, practitioners, policymakers, and students concerned with creating a better world. The Conference is hosted at the Kennedy School and is a joint effort between students at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon University. The Ash Center was a co-sponsor of the 2013 event.
NYE ABC, 5th floor Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
About the Conference In the face of global economic turmoil over the past few years, China’s role in the world economy has continued to expand. In 2010, China overtook Germany as the world’s largest trading country. In 2011, China replaced Japan as the world’s second largest economy. Within five years, China may produce a larger share of world GNP than the United States. China’s globalization has fundamentally changed its socio-political, physical, and economic links with the rest of the world, and China has emerged as a leader in trade and investment.