• 2010 Nov 04

    The Role Played by Development Finance Institutions in Economic and Social Development

    10:15am to 11:30am


    Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor, Littauer Building

    Chen YuanMr. CHEN Yuan, Chairman of the China Development Bank
    RSVP to Jesse Ledin at jesse_ledin@hks.harvard.edu or 617-495-7825

    At this Ash center-sponsored seminar, Mr. CHEN Yuan will offer remarks about the role of development financial institutions in economic and social development. Ash Center Executive Director Julian Chang will moderate a Question and Answer session at the conclusion of the event.

    Mr. CHEN Yuan is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the China Development Bank Corporation, which is one of the leading long-term financing institutions in the world.... Read more about The Role Played by Development Finance Institutions in Economic and Social Development

  • 2010 Nov 03

    The Korean State

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

    Stein RingenHow South Korea Lifted Itself Out of Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy
    Stein Ringen, University of Oxford

    About the Seminar
    There are two great mysteries in the political economy of South Korea. How could a destroyed country in next to no time become a sophisticated and affluent economy? And how could a ruthlessly authoritarian regime metamorphose with relative ease into a stable democratic polity?

    Korean economic development has been, as is well known, state led. However, to make sense of that established wisdom, we need to understand in some detail how that state has worked and what kind of leadership it has provided. While authoritarianism was imposed with revolutionary means – two, arguably three, coups d’état – it ended without counter-revolution. Democracy did not require a dismantling of the state that had been built up during the dictatorship. There must be something in the structure of that state that enabled democratic rulers to take it over and readily work with it.... Read more about The Korean State

  • 2010 Oct 27

    Immigrant Inclusion: Governance Dilemmas Then, Now, and in the Next Two Decades

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

    Demetrios PapademetriouDemetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute

    About the Seminar
    The international migration system now implicates practically every country. The only projection one can make about the next two decades is that there will be more, rather than less, such migration. What is less certain is where most of the additional growth will take place – with middle-income countries being good candidates for much of that growth. But if the future is a bit uncertain, today’s reality is not: Wealthy countries have absorbed most of the growth in international migration for the past three decades.

    This lecture will explore whether this is likely to continue or we have reached an “inflection point” on the type, direction, and size of migration, at least as far as the wealthy countries are concerned. It will then focus on the fundamental ways that recent migration has challenged the way receiving societies have organized themselves to incorporate the newcomers and their offspring.... Read more about Immigrant Inclusion: Governance Dilemmas Then, Now, and in the Next Two Decades

  • 2010 Oct 20

    Rx Democracy

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

    Rishi ManchandaInnovations at the Intersection of Health Care, Democracy, and Civic Engagement
    Rishi Manchanda, MD MPH, Founder & Chair, Rx Democracy 

    About the Seminar
    Health is essential to full participation in democracy and health care represents roughly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Dr. Manchanda’s upcoming seminar is based on experience exploring and building the relationship between participatory democracy and health, including his work as the founder of a national nonpartisan network of health care providers called Rx Democracy, which advances civic engagement and registered over 26,000 voters in doctors’ offices and clinics in 2008. During the seminar, we will discuss challenges and innovations at the intersection of health care and democratic governance and consider next steps for research, practice, and policy.

    Disease and disparities in health are the result of interactions between biological phenomena, poor living and working conditions, unhealthy behaviors, and limited access to quality health care, including routine primary care and prevention.... Read more about Rx Democracy

  • 2010 Oct 14

    The Floods in Pakistan: Acute Catastrophe, Long-Term Disruption

    4:00pm to 5:00pm


    1730 Cambridge Street CGIS South Building, Seminar Room S250

    Throughout the summer of 2010, severe flooding ravaged large parts of Pakistan, affecting millions of lives. In this panel discussion, Harvard faculty members from across the university explored both the immediate and long-term consequences of this far-reaching disaster, along with strategies for moving forward. Moderated by Professor Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University, and with Professors Asad Ahmed, Department of Anthropology, FAS; John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, SEAS, and Professor of the Practice of Environmental Health, HSPH; Ali Cheema, Visiting Scholar, Lahore University of Management Sciences; Asim Khwaja, Professor of Public Policy, HKS; and PCL Faculty Co-Director Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management, HKS, and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, HBS.... Read more about The Floods in Pakistan: Acute Catastrophe, Long-Term Disruption

  • 2010 Oct 12

    Hot Topics from Indonesia

    3:00pm to 5:00pm


    Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th floor

    MountainThe World’s Most Pressing Issues from the Perspective of the World’s Largest Majority-Muslim Democracy

    Directions to Event>>

    About the Event
    Join us for public lectures about Indonesia by three visiting scholars: Chatib Basri contrasting Indonesia’s exports in 1998 and 2008, Jeffrey Winters comparing the oligarchies of Singapore and Indonesia, and Adam Schwarz assessing the economic consequences of low carbon emission goals in Indonesia. Light refreshments will be served. Lecture titles and speaker bios follow.

    “Should Indonesia Say Goodbye to an Export Facilitating Strategy?”
    Chatib Basri, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Universitas Indonesia.

    “Criminal Democracy and Authoritarian Legalism: Indonesian and Singaporean Oligarchies in Comparative Perspective”
    Jeffrey Winters, Associate Professor of Political Economy, Northwestern University

    “Green Growth in Indonesia”
    Adam Schwarz, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company Asia... Read more about Hot Topics from Indonesia

  • 2010 Oct 08

    A Conversation With FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino

    10:00am to 11:00am


    Fainsod Room, Littauer 324, Harvard Kennedy School

    Students and other interested members of the HKS community are invited to attend a conversation with Richard Serino, deputy administrator of FEMA. Appointed to his current position in October 2009, Serino has over 35 years of experience in the fields of emergency management and emergency medical services.

  • 2010 Sep 29

    Winner-Take-All Politics

    4:15pm to 6:00pm


    CGIS South-010 (Tsai Auditorium), Concourse Level, 1730 Cambridge St.

    Winner-Take-All Politics coverAbout the Seminar
    Moderated by Professor Alex Keyssar, panelists Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson, Archon Fung, and Theda Skocpol will discuss the forthcoming book Winner-Take-All Politics (release date: September 14) by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. The book argues that American politics has been a key factor, often overlooked in economic explanations, in explaining high levels of income inequality in the U.S. Learn more>>

  • 2010 Sep 29

    Conservation Finance Forum

    11:00am to 12:00pm


    Online Webinar

    TrailAggregation and Mitigation for Forest Conservation
    Bob Bendick, Director of U.S. Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy

    Join us for this Webinar featuring Bob Bendick, Director of U.S. Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy, based in Arlington, Virginia, and Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, based in Athol, Massachusetts.

    Leigh, an expert on aggregation, and Bob, who has recently co-authored a landmark report on mitigation, will be discussing those two strategies as rapidly evolving methods for financing the conservation of land and biodiversity habitat.

    Both strategies will also be considered in a presentation by a team from the Harvard Forest on the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision for New England on October 3 at the 2010 Land Trust Rally (Session B19 at 1:30 pm, Monday, 10/3/2010, in the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT).... Read more about Conservation Finance Forum

  • 2010 Sep 22

    Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War

    4:10pm to 5:30pm


    124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge, MA

    Lucan WayLucan Way, University of Toronto

    About the Seminar
    Professor Lucan Way’s upcoming seminar is based on the findings of his recent book Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After The Cold War, co-authored with Steven Levitsky. Competitive authoritarianism-regimes that combine competitive elections with serious violations of democratic procedures-proliferated in the post-Cold War era. This book explains the rise and diverging fate of competitive authoritarian regimes since 1990. Based on a comparative study of 35 cases in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and post-communist Eurasia, the book finds that extensive ties to the West facilitated democratization. By raising the external cost of abuse, linkage to the West brought democracy even where domestic conditions were unfavorable.... Read more about Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War