Can China Benefit from Experience with Poverty Elimination?

PODCAST: The Ash Center hosted a discussion entitled "Can China Still Benefit from Earlier Experience with Poverty Elimination? Can other Countries?" with Arthur Holcombe, Rajawali Fellow and Founder and President of The Poverty Alleviation Fund. The discussion was moderated by Ash Center Director Tony Saich.

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. 

Government Innovators Network

"Understanding data as an asset is a new way of thinking of governance, and this idea has been influencing many cities and countries around the world." —MPA/ID 2016 Zoila Llempen Lopez for the Government Innovators Network blog.

Democracy Retrospective

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. More:

Social Media’s Place in Data-Smart Governance

"Cities can produce great value from social media, but only if they start talking a little bit less about themselves and start listening more to their residents," says Director of the Innovations in Government Program Steve Goldsmith writing for the Data Smart City Solutions blog.

Research & Publications

A new policy brief by Ash Fellow John Chung-En Liu examines China's efforts to establish a national cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. He finds that Chinese policymakers need to pay attention to how the new carbon markets embed in the larger social contexts.


Race and American Politics

PODCAST: The Ash Center hosted a discussion entitled "Beyond Ideology: A Conversation on Race, Violence, and Justice" with Jelani Cobb, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut, as part of the Race and American Politics Seminar Series.

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