Study Groups and Workshops

The Ash Center regularly supports a number of not-for-credit study groups and workshops for interested HKS, Harvard, and other Boston-area students to work and learn from practitioners and scholars affiliated with the Center. Most study groups and workshops are convened by fellows with varied backgrounds as political practitioners, policy advocates, technologists, and academics who are interested in sharing their real-world experiences. Unless otherwise noted, study groups require no prior registration or application. 

Spring Semester 2022 Study Groups and Workshops 

China Study Student Group: Voices and Analysis from the Field 

This online study group, held on five Fridays 9:30-10:30am and one Friday 11am-12pm  is designed to engage HKS degree students to understand China’s historical rise, critical current challenges, and its role in the world moving forward. Led by Professors Tony Saich and Edward Cunningham, who combined leverage over 75 years of experience working in and with China, the program will also draw on the expertise of a range of HKS Ash Center China programs postdoctoral fellows, practitioners and others from business, media, and policy analysis. Our goal is to have students leave the group with a more nuanced and rigorous framework for examining China’s political and economic systems, but also a set of key questions around China’s future integration – or disintegration – with the world.

Because the program depends upon interactive discussions and will be capped, we particularly encourage those who enjoy active participation and lively debate to sign up. Attendees will be accepted for and notified about each individual session. Students may be accepted for one, multiple or all sessions. You will be notified of your acceptance for each session the week prior to that specific discussion. Readings will be assigned.

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Semester Schedule  

  • Session 1 – February 4th - Tony Saich: What is Happening with China’s Private Sector Today?
  • Session 2 – February 18th - Yunli Lou: Measuring Risk in the Age of Xi: View from Private Equity 
  • Session 3 – March 4th - Edward Cunningham: The US and China Post-Glasgow: Can Goals be Met?
  • Session 4 – March 25th–11:00am-12:00pm–Yeling Tan: Globalization and Fragmented Authoritarianism: Living up to the WTO?
  • Session 5 – April 8th - Jason Hsu: Semiconductor Supply Chains and Geopolitical Risk: Implications for Trade 
  • Session 6 – April 29th - Saich and Cunningham: Final Debrief

Corruption and Anticorruption Student Study Group 

This online study group, held on six Fridays 10-11 AM ET, is designed to engage HKS and Harvard degree students to understand global trends in corruption and anticorruption efforts, mechanics of systemic corruption, and current challenges controlling corruption. 

Led by Professor Jeeyang Rhee Baum, who has over 30 years of experience working in and with developing democracies and several government agencies, the program will draw on the expertise of a range of HKS Ash fellows, practitioners and others from media and policy analysis organizations. 

The objective is for students to gain and appreciate the complexity of combating corruption but leave with a set of analytical tools to critically examine and develop interventions in the future. Because the program depends upon interactive discussions and will be capped at 25 students, we particularly encourage those who enjoy active participation and lively debate to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Readings will be assigned. The study group is different from the course DPI-543: Corruption: Finding It and Fixing It, in that it focuses more on engagement with speakers.

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Semester Schedule  

  • Session 1: Putting Corruption and Anticorruption into Global Context, Jeeyang Rhee Baum, Harvard Kennedy School (February 11, 2022)
  • Session 2: Controlling Corruption in Local Governments (February 25, 2022). Speaker will be announced to admitted students
  • Session 3: Administrative Corruption and Justice in Developing Countries, Malcolm Russell-Einhorn, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs (March 11, 2022) 
  • Session 4: International Aid in the Public Health Sector, Lin Liu, U.S. Agency for International Development, MPP 1989 (March 25, 2022) 
  • Session 5: Election Monitoring Around the World, Jelena Stefanović, Ford Foundation Mason Fellow AY 2021-22 (April 8, 2022)
  • Session 6: Final De-Brief, Jeeyang Rhee Baum (April 22, 2022)