On the eve of the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Harvard analysts discuss whether presidential debates offer citizens civic value anymore and how to improve them as the nation navigates its political differences.
Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward says the work of the watchdog press is “never sufficient.”
Harvard’s Institute of Politics latest poll of Americans ages 18 to 29 year olds finds that economic concerns top the list.
Harvard analysts discuss the unusual dynamics and events of the 2016 presidential election, and what they mean for our political system going forward.
Harvard Law School professor I. Glenn Cohen breaks down the ruling and its ramifications.
After months of vitriolic campaigns, on June 23 voters began to emerge from polling stations throughout the United Kingdom having cast their ballots in a ...
New analysis by Harvard Kennedy School’s Thomas Patterson finds the conflicted motivation of news outlets covering the 2016 election has resulted in significantly lopsided and disparate attention paid to the Republican and Democratic candidates.
Nine finance ministers from developing countries gathered at Loeb House to discuss the importance of health to a nation's economic performance and explore ways for health and finance ministers to work together.
Harvard hosted the first-ever conference featuring thought leaders at the intersection of politics and data analytics to assess the 2016 election and challenges facing this emerging field.
Harvard analysts discuss the politics at work behind the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland ’74, J.D. ’77.
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A discussion at Harvard Law School will highlight the negotiation work of James B. Donovan, an alumnus who negotiated the release of several Cold War prisoners. Donovan's story is the subject of the film "Bridge of Spies," which will be screened before the discussion.
Language, literature, and the liberal arts are key disciplines in forming leaders, Harvard President Drew Faust said during a speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson spoke to students at Harvard Kennedy School about the complex efforts that go into national security, particularly in the wake of terrorist attacks.
Nearly everybody in the Boston area knows that March 17 is the feast day of Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Perhaps fewer are aware that in 10 days’ time, the Republic of Ireland will celebrate its 100th anniversary as an independent nation. Professor Catherine McKenna guided the Gazette through the struggle behind that independence.
For blacks and Hispanics, damaged neighborhoods undercut education, health, jobs — the keys to overcoming inequality and succeeding.
Harvard analysts discuss the deep roots of Republican anger driving this confounding and historic 2016 election.
Evelyn Krache Morris, an associate with the International Security Program of the Belfer Center, assesses the Mexican drug trade in the wake of the arrest of El Chapo, the world’s most powerful trafficker.
Veteran political journalists Jill Abramson, formerly of The New York Times, and CNN’s Sam Feist discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2016 presidential election coverage.
Harvard reacts to the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
Two legal scholars debated whether U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is a “natural born citizen” according to the Constitution, and thus eligible to serve as president.
The Kennedy School hosted a talk by veteran newsman Bob Schieffer on the state of the presidential race.
Ash Center senior research fellow Charles Chieppo weighs in on how to begin to fix the troubled MBTA, and assesses the reforms thus far.
Lawrence Lessig speaks candidly about his failed presidential bid, in which he spotlighted the importance of campaign finance reform.
Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell expanded on the “intensely human experience” of high-level negotiations in a conversation at HLS.
A former justice in Guatemala, now a Scholar at Risk, says that a lack of judicial independence creates fertile ground for corruption.
At a State Department forum, Harvard President Drew Faust says that universities have a responsibility to play a key role in developing solutions to climate-change issues.
Marianne Williamson, the internationally acclaimed spiritual leader, will discuss the moral evolution of America, starting from its founding, in her talk “On Consciousness, Spirituality, and Politics in America” at Harvard Divinity School on Oct. 14.
“What Should We Do After ‘I Do’?: Conversations on the Challenges that Remain for the LGBTQ Community” focused on the future of a diverse movement. The conference was co-sponsored by the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus and the Harvard Alumni Association.
Former Ambassador Wendy Sherman, who led the U.S. negotiating team that struck the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, reflects on her work and what it takes to succeed in the field of high-stakes diplomacy.
Douglas Heye, a former top communications official with the GOP and now a fall fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, discusses the turmoil within the Republican Party following House Speaker John Boehner’s abrupt retirement announcement.
Longtime CBS News reporter and now Shorenstein Center Fellow Bob Schieffer reflects on his 50-year career covering politics.
Three Harvard scholars talk about the role of symbolism in the announcement that a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.
New political science research says that, contrary to conventional wisdom, political attitudes are a consequence of political actions, rather than their cause.
Three recipients of the nation’s highest military award ― all Vietnam veterans ― toured Harvard’s Memorial Church during a visit on May 8.
A trio of Wall Street’s toughest critics talks about gender and taking on what’s been called America’s ultimate boys’ club.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a possible challenger to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary race for president, previewed his economic agenda at Harvard Kennedy School on April 16.
The Rev. Clark Olsen, S.T.B. ’59, who witnessed the 1965 Selma, Ala., murder that accelerated passage of the Voting Rights Act, launched a two-day Harvard look back at the Civil Rights era.
Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee, visited Harvard Law School on April 10 for a Q&A session hosted by Dean Martha Minow. He encouraged a renewed civility in politics and society, emphasizing the difference one person can make through serving others.
IOP Fellows Martha Coakley, Kay Hagan, and Christine Quinn talk candidly about their battle-scarred campaign days and advise students on what it really takes to make it in politics.
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Walt assesses the Israeli election, in which Benjamin Netanyahu was triumphant.
Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye talks about America’s future as a global superpower in the 21st century.
Jose Gomez-Ibanez, a transportation and infrastructure policy expert at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, talks about the political and financial hurdles to smoothly running public transit systems.
A pair of Harvard seniors, aided by Harvard’s innovation environment, have launched a company that helps people make sense of Congress by gathering in one place diverse information on representatives, districts, bills, and legislative proceedings.
Harvard sociologist and Radcliffe fellow Bruce Western recently completed a study tracking 122 incarcerated men and women in the Boston area who were released back into society. Western’s research helps shed light on how poverty, along with unaddressed problems, helped shape his subjects’ lives.
Public opinion analyst Peter Hart sizes up the country’s mood and the primary field during a talk at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy.
New political science research from faculty at Harvard Kennedy School and Stanford University quantifies the political makeup of the nation’s judiciary.
Michael Sandel, the renowned political philosopher and professor, will debate the meaning of democracy at the Palace of Westminster in London as part of the BBC’s “Democracy Day.”
Forty-seven Harvard alumni will be part of the 114th Congress, which began this week.
With Harvard’s Vivek Murthy confirmed as the next surgeon general, health experts shared their views on areas where his focus and influence are most needed.
The director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center evaluates a new survey of citizens from 30 countries, including China, and how they rank the performances of the world’s best-known political leaders.