2012

  • 2012 Feb 21

    Mental Health Policies in Indonesia Today: Enormous Challenges, Emerging Possibilities

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Byron Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio GoodByron Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Harvard Medical School
    Moderator: Nelden Djakababa, Indonesia Research Fellow

    About the Seminar
    Please join us for the first session in the Indonesia Seminar Series this semester with a presentation by Professors Byron Good and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good from the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. The Goods will review the enormous challenges of building mental health services in Indonesia, reflecting on nearly 20 years of research and implementation studies related to mental illness and mental health care. History of mental health policies and new efforts to build services in extremely low resource settings will be discussed, placing these efforts in regional context. Special attention will be given to internationally-supported projects to develop new models of care in post-tsunami, post-conflict Aceh, and projects currently underway in Yogyakarta and Aceh with support of a USAID program that facilitates collaboration between Harvard Medical School and two Indonesian universities.... Read more about Mental Health Policies in Indonesia Today: Enormous Challenges, Emerging Possibilities

  • 2012 Feb 17

    Time to Plan for a New Chapter in U.S. Relations with North Korea

    10:15am to 11:30am

    Location: 

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

    Donald Gregg, Former Ambassador to South Korea
    Co-sponsored by the Korea Institute, Harvard University

    About the Seminar
    The death of Kim Jong Il and the ascension of Kim Jong Un to power in Pyongyang give the U.S. the best chance it probably will ever have to start afresh with North Korea. Kim Jong Un, in his late twenties, with a couple of years of education in Switzerland, is going to be around for a long time, barring an internal upheaval in North Korea, which is in no one’s interest. Kim Jong Il took to the grave with him the issues of the sinking of the South Korean ship, the Cheonan, and the shelling of the South Korean island. One distinguished South Korean commentator has said that Kim Jong Un is the only North Korean leader to come to power with a relatively clean record. 2012 is a transitional year for every country involved in the Six-Party Talks. It provides an opportunity to prepare for 2013, when with a new president in Seoul, and, if President Obama is re-elected, progress can be made in establishing a real dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, and re-establishing the Six-Party Talks.... Read more about Time to Plan for a New Chapter in U.S. Relations with North Korea

  • 2012 Feb 16

    The Future of Northeast Asia: Mobilization System Life Cycles

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

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

    William OverholtWilliam Overholt, Ash Center
    Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

    About the Seminar
    Asian politics has been driven by the “Asian economic miracles,” which resulted from the use of mobilization systems. These systems, originally copied by Japan from domestic strategies of prewar Germany and the Soviet Union, work only in relatively cohesive societies motivated by a high level of fear. When successful, they either decay into stagnant domination by bloated bureaucracies and reactionary interest groups or evolve into more competitive economies and polities. South Korea and Taiwan made the transition successfully while Japan failed, with the result that South Korean living standards and international prominence will soon exceed Japan’s. China faces a decisive choice between a milder version of Japanese decay and a reignition of reforms that could yield global leadership. These evolutions will determine power relations in Asia and much of the future of global politics.... Read more about The Future of Northeast Asia: Mobilization System Life Cycles

  • 2012 Feb 15

    Is America in Decline?

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Joseph NyeJoseph Nye, Harvard Kennedy School
    Co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

    About the Seminar
    In this Decline of Democracy Seminar, Professor Joseph Nye will draw upon the argument of his recent book, The Future of Power, to discuss what we mean when we talk about decline, what the relevant indicators are, and what difference it makes to our future. 

    About the Speaker
    Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, and former Dean of the Kennedy School. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.... Read more about Is America in Decline?

  • 2012 Feb 13

    Hacking Public Risk: Empowering Citizens with Environmental Data

    11:30am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Sean Bonner, SafeCast
    Jeffrey Warren, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science
    Co-sponsored by the Transparency Policy Project

    Jeffrey Warren, director of research for PLOTS, and Sean Bonner, director at SafeCast, join the Transparency Policy Project to share their experiences in do-it-yourself environmental monitoring. The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) and SafeCast are two groups that have developed and deployed low-cost digital tools that people can use to monitor the effects of these disasters and other public risks on their environment.... Read more about Hacking Public Risk: Empowering Citizens with Environmental Data

  • 2012 Feb 08

    Bringing King to China: Film Screening & Discussion

    6:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Land Hall, Belfer Building, 4th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

    About the Film
    Bringing King to China is about a young American woman struggling to bring Martin Luther King, Jr.s dream of nonviolence to China, and then back to the United States. Believing in the universality of Dr Kings ideals, Caitrin McKiernan decides to produce a play in China about Dr. King, in collaboration with the National Theater of China. With the U.S. deeply embroiled in wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, she not only wants to show that there is a different side to America, but also to use Dr. Kings ideas on nonviolence to build a bridge between the U.S. and China.... Read more about Bringing King to China: Film Screening & Discussion

  • 2012 Feb 02

    Building Democracy in Muslim-Majority Countries: Indonesia, Senegal, & Tunisia

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Alfred StepanAlfred Stepan, Columbia University

    About the Seminar
    In this seminar, Professor Alfred Stepan will elaborate on his research building democracy in Muslim-majority countries, with special emphasis on Indonesia, Senegal, and Tunisia. He will also discuss Muslims in Hindu-majority India.... Read more about Building Democracy in Muslim-Majority Countries: Indonesia, Senegal, & Tunisia

  • 2012 Jan 25

    Who Perceives Government’s Role in Their Lives?

    4:10pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Suzanne MettlerSocial Policy Design and Its Implications for American Democracy

    Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University

    Co-sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy

    About the Seminar
    When asked by pollsters if they had “ever used a government social program,” the majority of Americans said they had not, yet when later asked about usage of 21 specific policies, nearly all reported that they had used at least one or more policies. What explains such widespread denials of government’s role in people’s lives? And, what are the political implications of such attitudes? This seminar will explore the significance of policy visibility – the extent to which people have utilized policies designed to make government’s role fairly obvious versus those that obscure it by channeling benefits through the tax code or other market mechanisms.... Read more about Who Perceives Government’s Role in Their Lives?

  • 2012 Jan 23

    Succession in North Korea: Perspectives from Harvard

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

    About the Seminar

    Panelists:

    • Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History

    • Mark Kramer, Program Director, Project on Cold War Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

    • Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs; Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

    Moderated by Andrew D. Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History; Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

    Welcoming remarks by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute

    Presented by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Asia Center, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Kim Koo Forum on U.S.-Korea Relations at the Korea Institute, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the U.S.-Japan Program, Harvard University... Read more about Succession in North Korea: Perspectives from Harvard

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