2019

2019 Mar 29

Ash Community Speaker Series -- The Politics of Visibility: Local Elections and Democratic Representation in Brazil

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Do local elections promote responsive governance in the global south? In this talk, Peter Johannessen, Ash Center Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, AY 2018-2020, will draw on evidence from Brazil to illustrate how local elections can undermine policy responsiveness in highly decentralized contexts. He will demonstrate that voters can unwittingly push mayors to prioritize highly visible infrastructure projects at the expense of less visible – but potentially more effective – policies.

 Lunch will be served.  

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2019 Mar 28

Will Xi Jinping be successful?

11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Bell Hall, Harvard Kennedy School

Join the Ash Center and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government for a seminar featuring William H. Overholt, M-RCBG Senior Research Fellow.

Xi Jinping came to power tasked with resolving formidable economic and political challenges from an increasingly complex society. The leadership chose an economic strategy of “market allocation of resources,” a political strategy of centralization and repression. Do conflicts between the economic and political strategies threaten a new “lost decade?”  William H. Overholt has been a Senior...

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2019 Apr 23

Huawei Technologies: World-Class Company or State Agent?

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Floor 2.5, Harvard Kennedy School

China has come a long way from relying on imports to support its telecommunications sector. Today, telecommunications companies in China not only fulfill that nation’s growing needs but have a global reach. In this context, how should we understand the stunning and controversial emergence of China’s leading technology firm, Huawei Technologies? To what extent has Huawei’s rise been due to its leadership, strategy, corporate culture and ability to innovate? How much of this success as a “national champion” has been driven by the Chinese Party-State’s industrial policy and support?...

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2019 Apr 12

The Strike of 1969, Protest at Harvard, and Organizing Today

1:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Science Hall E, Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

This April marks the 50th Anniversary of the Harvard Strike of 1969. Not only was that spring a defining moment for the movement to end the War in Vietnam and for the University, it was a life-changing set of events for the people who participated. 50 years later, today’s activists and organizers are working at another pivotal moment, presenting an opportunity for the two groups to learn from each other.

Join Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy...

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2019 Apr 18

Book Talk -- People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Join us for a discussion with Sayu Bhojwani, founder and president of New American Leaders, author of People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door. Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of the Ash Center's Democratic Governance program, will moderate. 

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Rank choice voting

Study Group Explores Maine’s Experiment with Ranked Choice Voting

March 13, 2019
In 2016, Maine voters became the first to approve statewide ranked choice voting, but like many democracy reform battles, it was no easy task convincing the state’s political leadership and courts to support this new ballot-casting innovation. As part of the Ash Center's spring semester 2019 study group on democracy reform, led by Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy Miles Rapoport, HKS students had the opportunity to hear firsthand from reformers who helped make ranked choice voting a reality in Maine, as well as... Read more about Study Group Explores Maine’s Experiment with Ranked Choice Voting
2019 Apr 02

Disaggregating “China, Inc” - Explaining the Rise of Chinese State Capitalism

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Floor 2.5, Harvard Kennedy School

When China joined the WTO in 2001, conventional wisdom held that global trade rules would provide a credible commitment to liberalization. While significant reforms did take place, scholars soon pointed to the emergence of a Chinese “state capitalism”. Why did the expansion of market-oriented institutions after WTO entry fail to constrain the subsequent rise of more interventionist developmental policies? What explains the timing of these non-linear policy trajectories? This analysis disaggregates the Chinese central state and unpacks the divergent strategies adopted by competing agencies in response to WTO entry.

Yeling Tan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon, will explain why the timing of this divergence turns on the durability of WTO commitments and the political relationship between China’s party and its state. She will argue that what emerged was an intensified dualism in Chinese economic governance, with intensified market competition promoted by one set of central agencies, yet a more consolidated industrial policy promoted by rival agencies. Tony Saich, Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate. ... Read more about Disaggregating “China, Inc” - Explaining the Rise of Chinese State Capitalism

2019 Apr 05

HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series: LGBT Ex-Combatants in Colombia

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

CPL Darman Seminar Room (Taubman 135)

 Exploring the varied experiences within armed groups and after leaving war 

Join us for an HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series event featuring Theresia Thylin, PhD Candidate in the Essex University (UK) Department of Sociology and a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in New York. Chelsea Green, PhD candidate in the Harvard Department of Government,...

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2019 Mar 13

Chinese International Students’ Networks at Elite Universities: A Comparative Study of Germany and the US

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

In migration scholarship, the role of social networks has been well-established in people's decisions on whether to migrate and where to migrate to. Recently, international student mobility literature has shown that networks, parental aspirations and socio-economic background play an important role in an individual's study-abroad decisions. Over the past few decades many countries, including Germany and the United States, have witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of international students applying to universities, with the majority coming from China.

Based on personal...

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2019 Mar 13

Crisis Management Case Study Exercise: The Three Mile Island Nuclear Incident

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Wexner 330, Third Floor, Wexner Building, Harvard Kennedy School

The Program on Crisis Leadership and Harvard Kennedy School Crisis Management PIC are pleased to announce an interactive crisis management exercise led by Dr. Herman "Dutch" Leonard, faculty co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership. An expert in organizational leadership and crisis management, Professor Leonard will guide attendees through the US response to the landmark 1979 incident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive analysis and decision-making on crisis communications, evacuation, and other key aspects of the case.... Read more about Crisis Management Case Study Exercise: The Three Mile Island Nuclear Incident

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