Millennial Must-Read: President of Albania Edi Rama

Authored by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee member Brendan Kent '18. Albania, a former Eastern Bloc country, has undergone major changes in recent years. It has shed communism and inches closer to European integration. But, as Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stated in a public address at the JFK Jr. Forum, “The new Albania will need time.” Rama, who served very successfully as the mayor of Tirana, Albania’s capital city, until 2011, discussed his vision for the future of the Balkan nation.

Job Talk: Social Finance

Social Finance US, a non-profit committed to mobilizing investment capital to create social change, visited the Institute of Politics on October 3rd to talk with students about the growing world of social finance. Here are some takeaways from the discussion: Social Finance is a new and disruptive industry (“imported” from the UK) attempting to employ private sector capital to fund solutions to social problems. Currently, the major social finance mechanism is Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), which Social Finance US uses as a financial intermediary.

Millennial Must-Read: Barbara Walters in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Authored by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee student Jasmine Chia '18. “She once gave the New Yorker a copy of the list of the people, her interviews her staff had compiled, and the single spacing ran 27 pages”, began moderator David Gergen. Sitting at the table at the JFK Jr. Forum on was Barbara Walters, the media magnate who had broken the barrier for female investigative journalism. Whilst moderator Gergen himself, the director of public leadership at Harvard, had been an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, Walters had covered the other side as an interviewer to the aforementioned presidents.

Millennial Must-Read: Reform Conservatism

Authored by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee member Brendan Kent '18. Recent years have seen many calls to re-structure the platform of the Republican Party. Of the many conservatives offering suggestions to modify what has been occasionally called an out-of-date political coalition, four spoke at the JFK Jr. Forum this past Thursday. The discussion on “reform conservatism” included moderator and Fall 2014 IOP fellow, Kristin Soltis Anderson, National Review senior editor, Ramesh Ponnuru, policy director at Young Guns Network, April Ponnuru, and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Pete Wehner

Harvard IOP Expands Partnerships to Host Conference for Newly Elected Members of Congress

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Brookings Institution, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) are joining the Congressional Institute (CI) as co-hosts of Harvard Institute of Politics’ (IOP) upcoming Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress. Every two years, the IOP hosts the country's preeminent ‎educational and preparatory program for new U.S. House lawmakers.

Harvard Political Review hosts conference on political journalism in the 21st century

Last weekend, the Harvard Political Review hosted a conference on "Political Journalism in the 21st Century" to celebrate its 45th Anniversary. Since 1969, the HPR has published hard-hitting news analysis of politics and public policy both domestic and international. This conference, which brought together undergraduate political journalists from across Harvard's campus and around the Boston area, allowed the student writers to reflect on and improve their craft with experienced professionals in the industry.

Millennial Must-Read: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Harvard on foreign policy

Authored by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee member Brendan Kent '18.“One of the cornerstones of our foreign policy is the vision we share with our NATO allies of a Europe whole and free,” Vice President Joe Biden remarked during a speech on U.S. foreign policy at the Harvard JFK Jr. Forum. He continued that this shared vision is of a European order in which “every nation can choose the path it wishes, with no interference.” It was clear who he was referring to when he pointed out that this “vision has been recently challenged.”

Millennial Must-Read: The Context of Ghana's Unchartered Waters

Authored by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee student Jasmine Chia '18.“We are best understood when things are taken in context.” The words of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, reverberated the silent room as he faced the crowd at the JFK Jr.Forum at the Institute of Politics on Friday September 26.

Millennial Must-Read: Political Empowerment in the Philippines

“This feels a little like a prom picture” was a whisper heard as we stood in picture ready formation before the room that His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, would walk out of. Of course, the sweaty hands being wiped over our suits and business attire attested to the fact that it was really nothing like prom. We were taking a photograph with the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, before we were to hear his public address at the JFK Jr. Forum in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

Millennial Must-Read: Defining Pussy Riot

I can’t imagine Vladimir Putin is pleased to know that some of his most effective opposition comes in the form of a group called Pussy Riot. But it does. Pussy Riot has brought not only my attention, but the attention of the world to injustices committed by the Russian government. The group is making waves, but there are still many questions about its identity and its aspirations. I was fortunate to find some answers when Pussy Riot members Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova joined former CNN Moscow bureau chief and current Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholar, Jill Dougherty, for a discussion at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.


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