2021

2021 Mar 24

Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

The Ash Center and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) invites you to a discussion of Our Common Purpose, a report issued by the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. The Commission, which was launched by AAAS, spent two years engaging with communities all over the U.S. to explore how best to respond to the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political and civic life.  

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2021 Feb 25

Democratic Backsliding and International Relations in the Americas

3:30pm to 4:45pm

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Virtual event, registration required

In recent years, several countries throughout the Americas have increasingly experienced concerning signs of democratic backsliding: Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Paraguay and Peru have all seen varying degrees of deterioration of their democractic institutions such as independence of the judiciary or the right to free protest. Similarly, the United States, which has long prided itself as a champion of democracy in the region and the world, was shaken by an unprecedented threat to its democracy on January 6 when a mob of insurgents sieged the Capitol building in an...

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2021 Mar 04

Citizen Ballot Initiatives: A New Tool for Election Reform

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Zoom virtual webinar

The last several years have seen the growing and successful use of citizen-initiated ballot initiatives to win major election reforms. Some of the most successful, well-funded, and engaging campaigns have had unlikely initiators: small groups of everyday Americans fed up with waiting for someone else to take on an issue and deciding to do it themselves. Organizers of successful citizen-driven campaigns from different parts of the country, which beat the odds and succeeded, will discuss their issues, their motivations, and how they won.

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2021 Mar 02

Owning the Narrative & Leveraging Rapid Response to Your Advantage: Tech & Democracy Workshop with Ernest Britt

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Register for virtual workshop

Rapid response moments can spark nationwide movements — if you know how to use them to your advantage. Join Ernest Britt, Color Of Change Senior Campaign Manager and former Digital Manager for Stacey Abrams, for a hands-on workshop on digital rapid response techniques and how to transform crises into clear calls to action. Using real-life examples from Ernest’s experience on presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, participants will learn how to more effectively approach rapid response, including crafting a narrative, engaging stakeholders,...

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2021 Feb 19

Myanmar After the Coup

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Virtual event, registration required

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. Joining us to discuss these recent events in Myanmar and what they portend for the country's future are 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. The conversation will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and...

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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. 

New Jersey state capitol building

What’s the Value of Being a State Capital?

February 10, 2021

Cambridge, MA -- In a new study released today by Harvard Kennedy School, Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, and a team of researchers published a detailed examination of the costs and benefits that accrue to capital cities that come from hosting state government. Specifically, the study, launched at the request of Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, examined the unique costs incurred by the City of Trenton and the overall economic value...

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