• 2012 Dec 20

    The Republic of Korea Presidential Election Panel Discussion


    Belfer Case Study Room (S020)

    Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University Asia Center, and Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

    This panel discussion features Kathleen Stephens, Senior Associate, Georgetown University; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University; Sung-Yoon Lee, Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Studies, Tufts University; William Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. The event is moderated by Carter J. Eckert, Yoon SeYoung Professor of Korean History, Harvard University.

  • 2012 Dec 05

    Conservation Innovation: Students as Conservation Catalysts


    Online Webinar
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    About the Webinar
    The next generation of innovative conservation leaders are now emerging from our colleges, universities, and research organizations, and they are out to change the world. Please join us on for a live, online discussion with Colorado College students and recent graduates who are out on the water, in the water, and in dialogue with senior federal decision makers. Hear several of their tales, and learn how an upcoming conference will bring some of our brightest young conservation innovators together to share their dreams and experiences.

    Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore will tell us more about their journey in kayaks and rafts along the length of the Colorado River, from the Green River in Wyoming to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and how they shared their findings – and their call to action to save the Colorado River – with U.S. Department of Interior officials in Washington, DC.

  • 2012 Nov 28

    Where National Education Policy Goes Next to Succeed: Helping the States Arrange Their K-12 Systems to Work the Way Successful Systems Work


    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
    2:40pm to 4:00pm

    Ted Kolderie, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies

    About the Speaker
    Ted Kolderie, senior fellow at the Center for Policy Studies, was a key force behind creating the nation’s K-12 chartering sector. The initial 1991 legislation in Minnesota later received an Innovations in American Government Award. In this meeting, Kolderie will discuss the next steps needed for the nation’s K-12 education reform strategy.

  • 2012 Nov 15

    The Pharaoh’s Curse: Muhammad Morsi and the Temptations of Power


    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
    11:45am to 1:00pm

    Ellis GoldbergEllis Goldberg, Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

    Co-Sponsored by the Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
    Lunch will be served

    About the Speaker
    Ellis Goldberg is a professor of political science at the University of Washington where he teaches Middle Eastern politics. Most of his work has been on the political economy of Egypt in the 20th century including two monographs, Tinker, Tailor and Textile Worker and Trade, Reputation and Child Labor. His articles have appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Theory. He has been a visiting faculty member at Princeton University, the American University in Cairo and a visiting research fellow at Harvard. He lived in Cairo during the first six months of 2011 where he attended most of the major demonstrations and rallies before and after the collapse of the Mubarak government. He is now working on two books. One is a study of political theory by influential Arab intellectuals and its relation to the revolutionary uprising of 2011. The other is a study of the origins of the concept of the rule of law in Egypt and its impact on the structure of the court system. In 2007 Goldberg was a Carnegie Scholar and in 2012 he is a Guggenheim Fellow.

  • 2012 Nov 14

    Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama


    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Daniel KreissDaniel Kreiss, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill

    About the Seminar
    Drawing on open-ended interviews with more than 60 political staffers, accounts of practitioners, and fieldwork, Daniel Kreiss will present on the previously untold history of the uptake of new media in Democratic electoral campaigning from 2000 to 2012. He has followed a group of technically-skilled Internet staffers who came together on the Howard Dean campaign and created a series of innovations in campaign organization, tools, and practice. After the election, these individuals founded an array of consulting firms and training organizations and staffed a number of prominent Democratic campaigns. In the process, they carried their innovations across Democratic politics and contributed to a number of electoral victories, including Barack Obama’s historic bid for the presidency, and currently occupy senior leadership positions in the president’s re-election campaign. This history provides a lens for understanding the organizations, tools, and practices that shaped the 2012 electoral cycle.

  • 2012 Nov 14

    Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies


    124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 100, Room 106, Cambridge, MA

    Wang Lanmin, Ph.D., Director, Earthquake Administration of Gansu Province, China, and Ash Center New World Fellow

    Dr. Wang has been Director of Gansu Province’s Earthquake Administration since 2004; he also serves as one of the coordinators for earthquake emergency response across Northwest China. In this brownbag seminar, he discussed Gansu’s ongoing efforts to prepare for major natural disasters, focusing specifically on lessons learned from two recent events: the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008, which heavily affected southern Gansu, and the Zhouqu Debris Flow Disaster, which killed over 1,500 people in 2010.

    Moderated by Dr. Arnold Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

  • 2012 Nov 13

    Political Stability at Risk: National Elections in Indonesia 2014 and Myanmar 2015


    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA
    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Peter ErbenPeter Erben, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

    About the Seminar
    Indonesia, a developing democracy with experience in three rounds of national elections, and Myanmar/Burma, a nascent democracy, are both attempting to embrace the opportunities and manage the political risk of upcoming potentially fiercely competitive elections. The region needs electoral leadership that can inspire under-performing neighbors. Well executed elections can contribute to political stability, credible and effective governance, and ultimately spur growth. Can Indonesia and Myanmar, in each their particular context, overcome their challenges and in time develop to act as regional electoral role models? How can Myanmar learn from the achievements and shortcomings of elections in Indonesia?

  • 2012 Nov 09

    Grassroots Democracy: How Would it Work?


    Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, HKS
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Politician with flagsPanel Discussion & Lunch
    Co-sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

    Event Video

    Congressman John Sarbanes, U.S. Representative, Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District
    Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government, Harvard University
    Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School
    Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
    Spencer Overton, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

  • 2012 Nov 05

    Brown Bag with Ambassador Christian Dussey


    Taubman 401, HKS

    Ambassador Christian Dussey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

    In this career brown bag, Ambassador Dussey will discuss his experience leading the Crisis Management Center of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which coordinates the Swiss government’s crisis response system to major incidents (disasters, political upheavals, terror attacks, hostage situations) affecting its citizens abroad.

  • 2012 Oct 26

    Assessing Emergency Response to the 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Accident in Japan


    S250, 2nd Floor, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

    Dr. Arnold Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

    Modern Asia Seminar Series, Harvard Asia Center; Co-sponsored with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and the Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

    Watch a video of the presentation here.

    About the speaker
    Arnold M. Howitt is executive director of the Ash Center, with responsibility for coordinating its executive education and research programs. As a faculty member at HKS, he teaches in a number of executive education programs for both U.S. and international officials. His research focuses on intergovernmental policy and management, including crisis management and emergency preparedness and transportation policy.