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Communiqué: Fall 2012, Volume 11

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Fall 2012, Volume 11

We recap Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic visit to HKS this fall, and detail current Myanmar Program research to help leaders like her build a new nation. We take a look back at our election-focused Democracy Series, and highlight the work of student summer grant recipients. Director Saich describes his latest book, ”Chinese Village, Global Market”, which charts the dramatic transformation of Yantian from a once sleepy farm village to the booming industry hub it is today.

Communiqué: Spring 2012, Volume 10

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Spring 2012, Volume 10

In this issue, the Ash Center remembers founding donor Roy Ash, one the largest single donors to Harvard Kennedy School. New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity is celebrated as the 2011 Innovations in American Government Award winner, and students describe their field experience working with three Chilean communities hard hit by the 2010 earthquake and tsunami that caused devastating losses and destruction.

Communiqué: Fall 2011, Volume 9

Communique Magazine

Communiqué: Fall 2011, Volume 9

This semester, the HKS Indonesia Program has made major efforts to expand its reach in the areas of executive education, faculty research, and student support. The new Leadership in Transformation in Indonesia course is featured, as well as Jay Rosengard’s recent collaboration with Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta. Features include Ford Mason Fellow Paul Kwengwere’s work in Malawi and the top 25 government innovations in competition for the Innovations in American Government Award.

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.