2011

2011 Apr 28

Oil Spills, Earthquakes, Tsunamis & Meltdowns: Acting In Time Against the Next Disaster

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

A panel discussion on preparedness for national disasters. Topics include the importance of communication across local, state, and federal agencies; gaps in the current state of preparedness; and political and social dimensions of disasters. Speakers include:

Juliette Kayyem
Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs,
Department of Homeland Security (2009-2011)

General Craig R. McKinley
Chief, National Guard Bureau

Admiral Robert Papp
Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Congressman Bart Stupak
Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-MI 1993-2011)
Former Chair, House Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations

Admiral James Winnefeld
Commander, U.S. Northern Command and
North American Aerospace Defense Command

David T. Ellwood (Moderator)
Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government

2011 Apr 28

Asia Vision 21 (2011)

Thu Apr 28 (All day) to Sat Apr 30 (All day)

Location: 

Cambridge, MA

pagodasThe annual Asia Vision 21 conference and research forum brings together government officials, business leaders, and scholars from Asia and America to examine long-term issues and concerns facing Asia and to strengthen ties between the two regions. Started in 1999 by the Asia Center of Harvard University, it is now supported in part by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia.

2011 Apr 27

Waves of Democracy Compared: Europe in 1989 and the Arab World in 2011

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Jacques RupnikJacques Rupnik, Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris)
Co-sponsored by the Harvard History and Policy Seminar, HKS

About the Seminar
Is it 1989 all over again? There are obvious parallels in the breathtaking speed with which dictatorships can collapse in a chain reaction of non-violent popular mobilizations as well as in the unpredictability of the outcome of the Arab revolutions of 2011. Neither had been predicted or anticipated by analysts and social scientists which is both an invitation to modesty and a call to address some of the rapidly emerging issues of democratic transition. And this is where differences as well as lessons learned matter. Middle Europe is not the Middle East: there are historical, cultural, and sociological differences as well as different legacies of dissent and opposition to the Old Regime which matter for the shaping of new political elites and their commitment to democratic values. No less importantly, in both cases the withdrawal of superpower backing (“It’s 1989, but the West is Soviet Russia”) helped regime change but also opened a period of regional instability with very different geopolitical implications. Beyond comparisons there are lessons learned from different experiences of democratic transitions in Eastern Europe (the constitutional moment, nationalist secessions, and the need for an external European anchor for democratization) which can be of relevance to the forthcoming transitions on the Southern shore of the Mediterranean.... Read more about Waves of Democracy Compared: Europe in 1989 and the Arab World in 2011

2011 Apr 26

Responsive Democracy: Increasing State Accountability in East Asia

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Jeeyang Rhee BaumJeeyang Rhee Baum, Research Fellow, Ash Center
A light lunch will be served.
RSVP: jesse_ledin@hks.harvard.edu

About the Seminar
Under what conditions is a newly democratic government likely to increase transparency, accountability, and responsiveness to its citizens? What incentives might there be for bureaucrats, including those appointed by a previously authoritarian government, to carry out the wishes of an emerging democratic regime? At this seminar, Jeeyang Rhee Baum will discuss findings from her new book Responsive Democracy, which addresses an important problem in democratic transition and consolidation: the ability of the chief executive to control the state bureaucracy.

Using three well-chosen case studies – the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan – Jeeyang Rhee Baum will explore the causes and consequences of codifying rules and procedures in a newly democratic government.... Read more about Responsive Democracy: Increasing State Accountability in East Asia

2011 Apr 21

’Seeing like a Citizen’: Power, Participation, and Strategies for Citizen Engagement

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

John GaventaJohn Gaventa, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Visiting Fellow, Ash Center
A light lunch will be served.
RSVP: jesse_ledin@hks.harvard.edu

About the Seminar
Over the last decade citizen participation has often been seen as a panacea both for deepening democracy as well as for achieving international development goals. But under what circumstances does participation change or challenge power relations? In a rapidly changing world, how do we understand and analyze power in order to build more effective strategies for citizen engagement?

In this seminar, John Gaventa, the author of the award-winning book Power and Powerlessness (1980), will share his more recent approaches to understanding power, and discuss their implications for civic engagement (www.powercube.net). To illustrate his arguments, Gaventa will draw upon recent work of the Development Research Center on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, a 10-year research program on how citizens mobilize to claim their rights, which has produced over 150 case studies of citizen engagement in 20 countries, largely in the global south (www.drc-citizenship.org).... Read more about ’Seeing like a Citizen’: Power, Participation, and Strategies for Citizen Engagement

2011 Apr 20

Democracy and the Thousand Little Horrors that are Tolerated in its Maintenance

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Christian DavenportChristian Davenport, University of Notre Dame

About the Seminar
Most researchers have identified that political democracies are generally less repressive in their treatment of those under their rule relative to autocracies. This finding is robust across time, space, measurement, and methodological technique. What this work has missed, however, is how various forms of discrimination are perpetuated within democracies but in a different manner-they take place on a local level and are prevented from creating a “master” cleavage. When activities begin to aggregate these are framed in the only legitimate way that democracies can repress with the support of the citizenry: for example, in defense of the polity from politically threatening behavior. What this work also misses is the externalization (or exporting) of coercion from democracies to other locales in an effort to avoid domestic scrutiny. This seminar will lay out this argument and provide evidence from the United States, India, and Northern Ireland.... Read more about Democracy and the Thousand Little Horrors that are Tolerated in its Maintenance

2011 Apr 19

Social Innovation as Economic Development

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Online Webinar

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About the Webinar
The Power of Social Innovation Series returns this spring with practitioner-led webinars on timely topics from education reform to economic development. Each webinar features innovators sharing their experiences and insights with fellow practitioners, students and scholars from across the country.

This event is sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and features government leaders and experts from innovative...

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2011 Apr 19

Japan’s Economy and the World: Post-Quake Reconstruction Prospects and Challenges

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Rising sun

Hiroshi Nakaso, Assistant Governor, Bank of Japan

About the Seminar
Amidst Japan’s tragic situation in the aftermath of the huge earthquakes and tsunamis of March 11th, policymakers and scholars are working on resuscitation strategies for the Japanese economy. Hiroshi Nakaso, assistant governor of the Bank of Japan, will address a Harvard audience concerning challenges and prospects of post-quake Japan’s economy after attending the IMF-World Bank annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Mr. Nakaso works extensively, along with his colleagues both at home and abroad, serving as chairman of G20 Study Group on Commodities and member of G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting.... Read more about Japan’s Economy and the World: Post-Quake Reconstruction Prospects and Challenges

2011 Apr 18

Public Talk with Armida Alisyahbana, Indonesia Minister of Planning

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Fainsod Room, Littauer 324, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Armida Alisyahbana, Indonesia Minister of Planning

About the Seminar
Professor Armida Salsiah Alisyahbana, S.E., M.A., Ph.D is the Indonesian State Minister for National Development Planning/Head of BAPPENAS in the Second United Indonesia Cabinet. She is a professor in the Faculty of Economics, Padjadjaran University and served as vice dean for Academic Affairs.... Read more about Public Talk with Armida Alisyahbana, Indonesia Minister of Planning

2011 Apr 18

Seoul 9-to-5: Creative Governance

4:15pm to 5:45pm

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

Se-Hoon OhSe-Hoon Oh, Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea

*Reception to follow at the Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy St., Cambridge*

About Se-Hoon Oh
Since 2006, Se-Hoon Oh has been serving as the Mayor of Seoul. Se-Hoon Oh started his professional career in the Bar of Korea in the year 1984. In the year 1991, he started practicing privately in the Seoul Bar Association. From September 1997 to February 2000, he remained professor in College of Law of Sookmyung Women’s University. Se-Hoon Oh was also a visiting scholar to the Law School of the Yale University. He also served as Free Legal Advisor to the Taehwa Christian Community Center from March 1999 to February 2000. The present mayor of Seoul was also employed as a lawyer with Chang and Lee and Jiseong, a law firm and judicial aggregate.

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