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Avoiding conflict over conflicts of interest

Developing and enforcing conflict of interest policies is no simple task for anti-corruption advocates and ethics officials alike. Archon Fung and Dennis Thompson help to better understand the problem and examine when risk is underestimated and when it is overestimated.

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How Authoritarian Police Thrive in Democracy
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How Authoritarian Police Thrive in Democracy

Kennedy School Assistant Professor Yanilda González delves into the roots of police violence in democratic countries in her latest book.

Voting in the Extraordinary 2020 Elections: What Worked for Voters, What Didn’t?

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Voting in the Extraordinary 2020 Elections: What Worked for Voters, What Didn’t?

The 2020 elections were a dramatic interplay of major procedural changes brought about as a result of COVID-19, multiple attempts to limit and discourage voting and a strong pushback against them, and extraordinary efforts to mobilize citizens to vote.

#BlackLivesMatter Across the Americas: Black Youth Organizers and the Struggle for Racial Justice
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#BlackLivesMatter Across the Americas: Black Youth Organizers and the Struggle for Racial Justice

The Ash Center hosted an event in the What Justice Looks Like series for a conversation with activists from Black youth-led movements from the US and Latin America, leading the struggle against racial injustice, from police violence to structural racism and disparate effects of the COVID pandemic on racialized and low-income communities.

Will This Election Pick the Next President: Election Break Down and What to Do About It

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Will This Election Pick the Next President: Election Break Down and What to Do About It

In this discussion, the speakers explored what election breakdown could look like: A President refusing to concede, a state legislature disregarding the popular vote, a tie-breaker by a Supreme Court some view as illegitimate, Congress deciding the election according to “contingent election” provisions, or something else altogether?