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Myanmar After the Coup

Myanmar After the Coup

February 26, 2021
The February 1st coup launched by Myanmar's military effectively put an end to the country's tentative transition to democracy as civilian political leaders were imprisoned and the results of the 2020 elections annulled. During an event sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and moderated by HKS Professor of Public Policy Tarek Masoud, Pwint Htun, Non-Residential Myanmar Program Fellow at the Ash Center, and Derek Mitchell, president of the National Democratic Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, discussed how... Read more about Myanmar After the Coup
Tarek Masoud Reflects on the Arab Spring Ten Years Later

Tarek Masoud Reflects on the Arab Spring Ten Years Later

February 10, 2021

As the world looks back on the events that convulsed much of the Middle East a decade ago during what became known as the Arab Spring, the Ash Center sat down with Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations to discuss the prospects for democracy in the region today. In our conversation, Masoud, who recently published an article in the Journal of Democracy arguing that the Middle East retains considerable democratic potential, pushes back on the notion that authoritarian states in the region can successfully hold back the demand for freedom so vividly exhibited during the height of the Arab Spring.

Myanmar Descends Back into Military Rule

Myanmar Descends Back into Military Rule

February 1, 2021
As Myanmar’s military launched a coup, imprisoning many of the country’s political leaders including Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who heads the country’s largest political party, the National League for Democracy, we spoke with David Dapice, a senior economist with the Ash Center’s Myanmar Program.
Challenges for Biden: Sustainable Economic Recovery and China

Challenges for Biden: Sustainable Economic Recovery and China

January 15, 2021

As President-elect Biden prepares to take office, we sat down with Edward Cunningham, the director of the Ash Center’s China Programs and the Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss how the friction in the U.S.-China relationship might impact America’s economic recovery, and steps that the incoming administration can take to constructively engage with Beijing.  

The Road Ahead for COVID-19 Economic Recovery

The Road Ahead for COVID-19 Economic Recovery

January 15, 2021

With President-elect Biden releasing a comprehensive COVID-19 recovery plan as he prepares to take office, we sat down with Philip Jordan, a research fellow at the Ash Center with extensive experience assessing the impacts of sustainable economic development. Jordan discussed the scope of the economic challenges wrought by COVID-19 as well as how the incoming administration can best target assistance to those segments of the country hit hardest by the economic collapse.  

Our Top Research in 2020

Our Top Research in 2020

December 10, 2020

Each year, the Ash Center works with experts from around the world to publish research and writing on some of the most salient topics relevant to democratic governance, government innovation, and Asia public policy. Touching on issues as varied as Chinese public opinion, to voter engagement, and COVID-19 relief, the work of our scholars has had an important impact in the field of public policy.   

Professor Stephen Goldsmith

Reforming the Curb: Using Technology to Create a More Equitable Streetscape

November 23, 2020

When Stephen Goldsmith, the Derek Bok Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Ash Center’s Government Innovations Program, served as mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, “I thought I was the mayor of parking. I don’t think anything mattered except parking in downtown Indianapolis.” Since Goldsmith last held the reins at city hall, the debate over how cities should best put to use curb space and sidewalks has only grown more intense as online delivery companies, ride sharing services, and commercial businesses all vie for...

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Advice to the New Administration on China

Advice to the New Administration on China

November 20, 2020

There's a general consensus in Washington that China presents the most significant geopolitical and strategic challenge to any administration moving forward. However, there are considerable differences in how to deal with that challenge. Should it be through competition? Should it be through confrontation? Or should it be with containment? Or should it be a mixture of any one of those three?