Leadership Lessons: Women in the World Summit inspires IOP students

Authored by IOP Women's Initiative in Leadership student Doménica Merino '17. "Don't Cry. Strategize." These words ignited a wave of cheers across the theater as Tina Brown kicked-off the 5th annual Women in the World Summit. This mantra of courage and innovation resonated throughout all of the narratives from the inspiring men and women featured at the three-day conference. Located at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the event brought together an impressive line-up of speakers who are breaking through glass ceiling, organizing communities after war and destruction, and ardently demanding change and progress.

Boston Marathon Bombing, One-Year Later: Remembering the Fight to Keep Boston Safe

April 15th marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic events that occurred during the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, killing several and injuring hundreds. Our hearts go out the families of the athletes, first responders, law enforcement officials and others affected by the terrible attacks – and we remember the heroic efforts of so many who worked to protect Boston’s citizens during that time. Then-Boston Police Commissioner (2006-2013) and current IOP Spring Resident Fellow Ed Davis had an incredibly important role in responding to the attacks and working to make the City of Boston and surrounding towns safe on that day and afterwards during a subsequent manhunt for two terror suspects.

Lessons from the Forum: NSA Secrecy and National Security

Authored by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee student Alexander Danilovich. When Edward Snowden, an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, a subcontractor to the National Security Agency (NSA), leaked classified government material in 2013, the NSA found itself under scrutiny as never before. Specifically questioned was the legality of its metadata collection, of which the now-infamous PRISM surveillance program was a part.

Students produce FY 2013 Annual report of the U.S.A. on debt, revenues and spending

Editors and designers for the Harvard Political Review – a top undergraduate journal on politics and public policy supported by Harvard’s Institute of Politics – have released the FY 2013 Annual Report of the USA (ARUSA), a research tool offering an examination of the federal budget and challenges facing American taxation and spending policy. Published in partnership with the nonprofit American Education Foundation (AEF), the report provides straightforward and nonpartisan analysis of major spending areas and the tough decisions facing policymakers.

Public Service Project: Senator Alan Simpson delivers the Culver Lecture at Simpson College

I had heard of Senator Alan Simpson in relation to the Simpson-Bowles commission, and, as said commission had been one of, if not the, most important steps in the public policy dialogue of late, was excited that he was coming to speak on campus. As I started to learn more about him, I was pleasantly surprised. Both his actions and his words are refreshing to me, considering my political identity as a Democrat and his as a Republican- moderate, bipartisan, full of compromise. The word “Republican” and any one of those following adjectives belonging together seemed to me rather singular in today’s political scene.

5 Major Takeaways from 2014 Technology and Politics Conference

IOP Director Trey Grayson hosted an interactive roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. – in partnership with the Internet Association – exploring "The Midterm Election & The Digital Policy Agenda" on technology, political campaigns and legislative policy, attended by dozens of representatives from news organizations, internet companies, public opinion and strategy firms and the world of politics and public service. The event included two sessions on technology and politics: "Campaign 2014: How Technology is Transforming Elections" and "Privacy, Patents and Innovation: Congress and the Midterms," a discussion moderated by Institute Senior Advisory Committee member and POLITICO Executive Editor Rick Berke.

Millennial Must-Read: UN General Assembly Unlikely to Sway Russian Foreign Policy

Authored by IOP Policy Group students Anthony Ramicone and Peter Della Rocca. On Mar. 27, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that, while not referring to Russia by name, condemned its actions in the Crimean Peninsula. The resolution passed with 100 countries voting for, 11 against, and 58 abstaining, and it called the Crimean referendum to rejoin Russia illegitimate. Media outlets and diplomats from both the East and the West have attempted to derive PR victories from the vote.

Millennial Must-Read: Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity

Authored by IOP student Joe Choe '17. Virginia – not exactly the most exotic place to go during Spring Break. It’s definitely no Cancún or Puerto Rico. These past few days, as I have been scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I have been bombarded by pictures of my friends trekking through tropical jungles and sipping wine on extravagant cruises. However, I do not feel any jealousy towards them nor do I regret giving up those experiences and choosing instead to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Rather than using my Spring Break as a means to indulge myself, I used it to help those in need, which has proven to be a much greater reward in the end.

Alumni Spotlight: MA State Senate candidate Eric Lesser

Eric Lesser served on the Institute’s Student Advisory Committee and graduated from Harvard College in 2007. After college, he worked on Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign. Eric started at the bottom of the ladder – his job was to accompany Obama on campaign stops around the country and keep track of his luggage. He ended up working one door down from the Oval Office, and later worked for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he collaborated with business leaders, organized labor, and entrepreneurs on policies to create jobs, restore manufacturing, improve education, expand infrastructure, and build an economy for the 21st Century.

IOP program puts students at the forefront of public policy research

Harvard students glean tremendous knowledge from the lectures and discussions that take place inside the classroom, but the learning doesn't stop there. Many graduates and undergraduates supplement their Harvard experience with opportunities to assist faculty members involved in independent research projects – which offer a different kind of appeal for students. “Being a research assistant is like doing another class – but without the pressure of grading and with the bonus of getting paid!” said Harvard junior Hannah Phillips ’15, currently serving as a 2014 research assistant for Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Senior Public Policy Lecturer Hannah Riley Bowles.

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