The Russian Strategy in Eastern Ukraine

by Harvard Kennedy School

Dmitry Gorenburg

Russian military expert Dmitry Gorenburg, an Associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, breaks down Russia’s goals for its involvement in Eastern Ukraine and the strategies it is implementing to achieve them. He explains the concerns some NATO member states, especially those in the Baltics, have about Russia’s actions and gives his prognostication on where this is all likely to lead.

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The Online Industry's Fight for Net Neutrality

by Harvard Kennedy School

Michael Beckerman

There’s a hot debate concerning how the FCC should regulate the internet and major online companies like Google and Facebook are pushing net neutrality through lobbying organizations like the Internet Association. Michael Beckerman, president of the Internet Association, explains why these companies consider net neutrality so critical. Beckerman was at the Kennedy School to participate in an Internet Symposium put on by the Institute of Politics.

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Rewind: Behind Brazil's World Cup

by Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast

This year’s World Cup highlights Brazil’s emergence on the world stage, but its coming out party has not come without some tension. In an interview from last October, Associate Professor Filipe Campante explained how Brazil’s growing middle class has become increasingly vocal about concerns over public spending and government services and how the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics have exacerbated the problem.

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The Women who Rebuilt Rwanda

by Harvard Kennedy School

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, a senior lecturer at the Kennedy School, explains how in the wake of a horrific genocide, Rwandan women helped bring the country back together and in the process made incredible progress towards gender equality.

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Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

by Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Lecturer Chris Robichaud takes us through a new case study (coauthored with Laura Winig) exploring the question of whether NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was justified in leaking classified materials exposing the breadth of the US government’s surveillance activities.

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Can Privacy be Saved?

by Harvard Kennedy School

Julia Angwin

Pro Publica journalist Julia Angwin, a guest of the Shorenstein Center and author of Dragnet Nation, discusses her efforts to account for and protect her personal, private data online. After explaining the difficulty she encountered, Angwin calls for some kind of regulation to establish a baseline for privacy protection and describes some of the tools consumers can use in the meantime.

Photo by Janell Sims

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Making College Possible for Low Income High Achievers

by Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Professor Christopher Avery’s research has shown that a large number of low-income students aren’t even applying for selective schools, despite being well qualified. He discusses his findings as well as another report detailing the efforts of a non-profit in Minnesota dedicated to preparing a broad base of low income students for 4-year institutions.

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A Primer on Egypt's Presidential Election with Tarek Masoud

by Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Associate Professor Tarek Masoud gives a primer on Egypt’s upcoming election: the events leading up to it, who the major players are, and what it could mean for Egypt’s future.

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Could an International Corruption Court Work?

by Harvard Kennedy School

Senior US District Court Judge Mark Wolf, a Spring 2014 Institute of Politics Fellow, makes the case for an international corruption court to help investigate and prosecute corruption in countries that don’t have the infrastructure to do so.

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A Nuanced Approach to Leaning In

by Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer Hannah Riley Bowles explains her research on gender in negotiations and offers advice to women trying to negotiate higher pay. She also discusses the importance of open information and why the Obama administration’s recent moves to address the gender wage gap are a positive development.

Dive into Bowles’ research:

How Can Women Escape the Compensation Negotiation Dilemma?

Gender in Job Negotiations: A Two Level Game

Social incentives for gender differences in the propensity to initiate negotiations: Sometimes it does hurt to ask

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Ed Davis on Social Media's Role after the Boston Marathon Bombings

by Harvard Kennedy School

 Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis discusses the critical role social media played following the Boston Marathon bombings, becoming the most effective way for law enforcement to communicate with the community.

Read the full report [PDF] from the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management.

Photo by Michael Cummo.

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Sir Peter Westmacott on NATO and Russia

by Harvard Kennedy School

 Courtesy of UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Flickr

British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott, a guest of the Belfer Center, discusses the importance of NATO in the context of Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea. He touches on the West’s reaction to Russia’s actions and how they might impact negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

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Marshall Ganz on Organizing and Mobilization

by Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Senior Lecturer Marshall Ganz, a long time organizer who worked on civil rights and the unionization of farm workers with Cesar Chavez, discusses how organizing works to force changes in public policy.

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3 Years of Civil War in Syria

by Harvard Kennedy School

In the last three years, the Syrian civil war has claimed tens of thousands of lives and uprooted millions. Dr. Charles Cogan, an associate with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program, discusses the international community’s attempts to end the hostilities, defends President Obama’s decision not to use military force to intervene, and weighs in on how the crisis in Ukraine may affect what happens next.

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Kevin Rudd on How China Will Assert its Power

by Harvard Kennedy School

Kevin Rudd (Courtesy of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd describes the internal debate in Beijing about how China will wield its increasing power in East Asia, and offers his opinion on how regional neighbors and the United States should react.

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