2020

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Ash Center Among Best Think Tanks

February 18, 2020

Four Harvard Kennedy School research centers have been ranked among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world, with the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs earning a special award for sustained excellence. The recognition comes from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, which has ranked think tanks globally for more than a decade.

Along with the Belfer Center, the annual “Global Go To Think Tank Report” for 2019 cites the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Center for International Development, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.... Read more about Ash Center Among Best Think Tanks

2020 Feb 24

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A Conversation with Shoshana Zuboff

5:30pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Rubenstein 414-AB, Harvard Kennedy School

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation welcome Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, as part of the Towards Life 3.0 talk series.

Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration...

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2020 Feb 21

Ash Community Speaker Series - From Republican to Democrat

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

My Partisan Purgatory and the Voiceless Electorate that Could Save Democracy  

Join us for a discussion with Roy and Lila Ash Fellow Beth Fukumoto. Named one of Washington Post "The Fix's 40 under 40" rising political stars and Business Insider’s “8 of the most influential millennial women in US politics,” Beth was the first elected Republican to leave the Republican Party following the election of Donald Trump. Once the youngest...

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2020 Mar 05

China’s Belt and Road: A New Colonialism? -- a Discussion with Lucy Hornby

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, HKS

You are invited to a discussion with Lucy Hornby on "China’s Belt and Road: A New Colonialism?" Ash Center Director Tony Saich will moderate. Lunch will be served. Hornby, a 2020 Nieman Fellow, has lived in China for 20 years and most recently served as deputy bureau chief in Beijing for the Financial Times.

2020 Mar 25

"Election Meltdown" with Author Richard Hasen

12:00pm to 1:15pm

This event concluded on March 25, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

The Ash Center invites you to a virtual book talk with with Richard Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine -- and author of "Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy." Ash Center Democracy Fellow Tova Wang will moderate. 

Written before the current coronavirus pandemic, Election Meltdown, has...

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Convincing Congress to Remove its Tech Policy Blinders

February 11, 2020

The Ash Center sat down with Zach Graves, a 2019 Technology and Democracy Fellow, head of policy at the Lincoln Network, and author of “Science, Technology, and Democracy: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office,” a new paper offering recommendations and a road map for resurrecting a technology assessment capability in Congress.

2020 Feb 14

Ash Community Speaker Series - Yemen’s Forgotten War: Millions on the Brink

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

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

Join us for a discussion with Ash Center Ford Foundation Mason Fellow Faniya Mussayeva. Mussayeva is an international development expert with over 18 years of experience working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Central Asia, Eastern Europe...

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2020 Feb 12

30 years after: What is at stake for Mongolia’s democracy?

4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Suite 160S, Room 105, 124 Mount Auburn St.

You're invited to a student-organized event about the future of democracy in Mongolia. 

Thirty years after the fall of communism and the transition to democracy, Mongolia is at a crossroads of continuing on a democratic path or backsliding in a region where authoritarian influence looms large. Domestically, the Mongolian government is faced with many challenges such as increasing socioeconomic inequality and corruption and an inability to engage with youth, low-income communities, and other disadvantaged groups through the political processes. During this...

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