2021

  • 2021 Feb 25

    Democratic Backsliding and International Relations in the Americas

    3:30pm to 4:45pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    In recent years, several countries throughout the Americas have increasingly experienced concerning signs of democratic backsliding: Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Paraguay and Peru have all seen varying degrees of deterioration of their democractic institutions such as independence of the judiciary or the right to free protest. Similarly, the United States, which has long prided itself as a champion of democracy in the region and the world, was shaken by an unprecedented threat to its democracy on January 6 when a mob of insurgents sieged the Capitol building in an...

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  • 2021 Feb 23

    Political Geographies of the Populist Right

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Support for populist right-wing parties and candidates has increased considerably across the globe in recent years. In addition to this overall rise in support, receptiveness towards the exclusionary, reactionary rhetoric and policies of Bolsonaro, Trump, Modi or their European counterparts all have their own distinct electoral geographies. Join Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow Pauliina Patana and a global panel of experts as they discuss how to make sense of these deep geographic divides, similarities and differences in spatial patterns across countries, strategies parties are...

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  • 2021 Feb 19

    Myanmar After the Coup

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    The February 1st coup launched by Myanmar's military effectively put an end to the country's tentative transition to democracy as civilian political leaders were imprisoned and the results of the 2020 elections annulled. Joining us to discuss these recent events in Myanmar and what they portend for the country's future are Pwint Htun, Non-Residential Myanmar Program Fellow at the Ash Center and Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar. The conversation will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and...

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  • 2021 Feb 18

    Moving Forward or Moving Backward: Election Legislation in the States

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    The 2020 elections hinged, in dramatic ways, on widely varying state laws and state election procedures. Major changes were made in light of the pandemic, to expand options for mail-in and early voting and to Election Day itself. These changes engendered strong support and strong opposition, and were one reason for the record turnout of 160 million voters. Now, state legislatures are in session all around the country. Will the changes adopted in 2020 be made permanent? Will voting options be expanded further? Or will states seek to roll back voting opportunities as a result? Join us for...

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  • 2021 Feb 11

    Lessons from Mexico's COVID-19 Response

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

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    With daily reported cases reaching approximately 12,000, Mexico is among the top 15 countries with known cases of COVID-19. This high rate of infection has challenged Mexico’s leaders to adapt and respond effectively while also forcing them to spend considerable time countering criticism of their efforts. Zoé Alejandro Robledo, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, will join Thalia Porteny, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab for Research on Ethics, Aging, and...

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  • 2021 Feb 10

    Can We Break Out of the Two-Party Doom Loop?

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

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    The January 6 Capitol insurrection shows that the United States is facing exceptional challenges to our democracy. Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at the New America Foundation, thinks that our two-party system is a root cause of that dysfunction. Although we have had a two-party system in name for many decades, there were divisions and overlaps between parties that created room for bargaining, compromise, crossing over, and even unity. In our current state of hyper-polarization, however, the two parties are fully sorted, and this give-and-take has eroded into...

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  • 2021 Feb 09

    Social Media, Misinformation, and Election Integrity: A Technology and Democracy Workshop with Kevin Chan from Facebook

    4:00pm to 5:15pm

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    Join Kevin Chan, Facebook Director of Public Policy, Canada; AY 2020-2021 Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow, for a dynamic, hands-on workshop engaging with real-world issues around social media platforms, misinformation, and election integrity. Participants will tackle critical questions head-on by working in groups representing key stakeholders, including election officials, political parties, civil society, and online platforms, in a simulation framed around the 2019 federal election in Canada. The session will...

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  • 2021 Feb 08

    Lessons from Canada's COVID-19 Response

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

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    Canada took early steps to manage the spread of COVID-19 by closing borders, limiting travel, and instituting lockdowns at the provincial level. Although these early efforts initially succeeded in managing the spread of COVID-19, they failed to prevent a second wave of cases from overwhelming the country’s public health system. The situation became so dire in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, that private long-term care facilities required military support to manage patient care. The Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, will join ...

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  • 2021 Jan 28

    2021 Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellowship Info Session

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

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    Virtual event, registration required

    Please join the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative to learn more about the Bloomberg Harvard Summer Fellowship, a 10-week placement in city government where you'll have the chance to tackle issues of salience to US mayors.

    Harvard graduate students will be competitively selected for the opportunity to spend the summer embedded in local government. Then, this multi-disciplinary cohort of fellows will learn how to apply the tools of data-driven decision making, prototyping, and cross-sector collaboration to help city leaders drive government performance and...

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