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Do Not Wish For the Collapse of the Chinese Communist Party: Kishore Mahbubani


By Malik Siraj Akbar, MC-MPA’ 15, Web Editor “What is one thing that will surprise the future generations of historians when China will overtake the United States as the world’s number one power?” asked one of Asia’s top thinkers, Kishore Mahbubani, to a crowded audience at JFK Forum on Wednesday while delivering this year’s Albert […]

One Student’s 25-Year Dream For Harvard Kennedy School


By Malik Siraj Akbar, Web Editor   In 1991, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) admitted a young Chinese student, Edward Dianhui Dong, for the MPP program. Devoid of financial resources, Dong did not have the money to come to HKS but he, nevertheless, travelled from China to Cambridge to thank the School staff for accepting […]

An Afternoon With Jimmy Carter


By Patrick Daniel  When Jimmy Carter entered the stage at Memorial Church, to an event hosted by Harvard Divinity School last week, everyone waited for his words on tenterhooks. So popular was the former president that the first twenty rows were filled half an hour before the event even started.  Carter has had a long […]

Eliminating Desire


By Patrick Daniel   “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  Proverbs 4:23 When Facebook launched on February 4, 2004 its popularity quickly spread around Harvard. For students the social network was a tool to stay in touch with other students. Mark Zuckerberg, however, had a bigger vision. He […]

Leadership & Service Lessons: Race, Place, & Equity in California’s Central Valley


By Angie McPhaul, MPP2 Last spring, MPP1s Alicia Olivarez and Juana Hernandez designed and led the Leadership Service Seminar “Race, Place, and Equity: the California Central Valley.” Sponsored by HKS faculty member Marshall Ganz and funded by the Office of Degree Programs and Student Affairs and the Center for Public Leadership, the Leadership Service Seminar […]

Good News About “Bad News”


Harvard Kennedy School’s Kousha Navidar and his team have launched a new YouTube satirical news series called “Bad News.” Navidar, a second-year MPP student, sat down with The Citizen to talk about the series and his experience so far.  Q: For the uninitiated, what is “Bad News”? “Bad News” is a satirical news show at […]

Welcome from the Office of Admissions


By Matt Clemons Orientation and the start of classes are always an exciting time for those of us in the Admissions Office. We travel, we read, we analyze, we deliberate, and finally pick a class we feel will learn well together. Seeing the results of our labor in the form of new students walking around […]

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