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Campus Protests and Police Force: An Ethical Framework

In a new essay, Archon Fung looks at this current wave of campus protests and asks if civil disobedience is permissible, and how much disruption should be tolerated at universities today.

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Communiqué: Spring 2011, Volume 8

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2011, Volume 8

In this issue, Associate Professor Tarek Masoud discusses Egypt’s next major hurdle: writing the country’s new constitution. Other articles explore transit-oriented development and affordable housing challenges in Hawaii, and the emerging religious movement of voluntary Islamic study groups in Indonesia that begin with dramatic, traffic-halting motorcades. A new report on public deliberation is assessed, and Anthony Saich’s new book Governance and Politics in China is reviewed.

Communiqué: Winter 2010, Volume 5

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Winter 2010, Volume 5

In late December, the Ash Center received a $20.5 million gift to launch the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, an important new initiative designed to expand HKS support for policy research and educational programming in Asia. Professor Tarek Masoud explores Indonesia’s improbable democracy, and the Innovations Program launches its first multimedia case study on the treatment of troubled youth.

Communiqué: Fall 2010, Volume 7

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Fall 2010, Volume 7

This issue highlights Dean David Ellwood’s tour of East and Southeast Asia, visiting benefactors and alumni in key programs affiliated with the Ash Center. Included on his tour was a visit to Indonesia, the subject of the Center’s new report, ”From Reformasi to Institutional Transformation.” The report explores Indonesia’s prospects for success as a new democracy despite a heavy dependence on low-wage manufacturing. Other articles feature recent conferences on child welfare, urban innovation, and China’s globalization.

Communiqué: Spring 2010, Volume 6

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2010, Volume 6

Once among the 50 poorest countries in the world, Vietnam is now considered a ”middle-income country.” But will environmental threats, an inefficient but very powerful state sector, and pervasive crony socialism practices stall the country’s growth? Volume six explores Vietnam’s struggle to avoid the middle-income trap. Other articles feature Participedia, a website on participatory governance practices worldwide, and the Center’s new China Case Program.

Communiqué: Spring 2009, Volume 4

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2009, Volume 4

This issue announces the Ash Center’s new research agenda exploring challenges to democracy in the 21st Century. Several past Innovations winners join President Obama’s campaign, and Director Saich shares findings from his study on changing perceptions of government by Chinese citizens.

Communiqué: Winter 2009, Volume 3

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Winter 2009, Volume 3

This issue announces Ash’s major new initiative on democratic governance and welcomes Asia Programs to the Institute. Students and fellows showcase their summer research and the Vietnam Program celebrates the launch of its two-year MPP program. We go in depth with Arn Howitt’s work on crisis management and spotlight Director Saich’s new work Providing Public Goods in Transitional China.

Communiqué: Spring 2008, Volume 2

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2008, Volume 2

In this issue, we spotlight the March Frontiers of Innovation Conference, which included the Latin American Mayors Conference and the China: Challenge and Change symposium. The Top 50 innovative government programs competing for the 2008 Innovations Awards are also announced.

Communiqué: Winter 2008, Volume 1

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Winter 2008, Volume 1

In this inaugural issue of the Ash Center’s bi-annual newsletter, we showcase the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award winners and offer snapshots of our 2007 Global Network events. Faculty research and recent student initiatives are also highlighted.