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Politics

IOP Youth Poll Shows Division With Desire for Unity

A new Institute of Politics poll found that just 32 percent of 18-to-29-year-old Americans approve of President Trump’s overall job performance so far.

John Kasich at IOP
Politics

Kasich Talks Election, Polarization at IOP

Harvard​ affiliates crowded into the Institute of Politics to listen to Ohio Governor John R. Kasich discuss his 2016 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and the rising polarization in American politics Wednesday night.

IOP Ban Ki-moon
Politics

Ban Ki-Moon Reflects on UN Leadership at IOP

“Most of the UN staff address me like ‘SG’ instead of Secretary-General because it is too long. At the same time, ‘SG’ stands for ‘scapegoat," Ban said.

Rep. John Lewis
IOP

Congressman John Lewis Accepts Kennedy School’s Gleitsman Award

“You get beaten, you get knocked down, you get arrested a few times. It makes you stronger, it makes you more determined,” Georgia Congressman John R. Lewis said.

Visual Arts

Ken Burns Previews Vietnam War Series at Harvard Art Museums

​Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns previewed parts of an upcoming film series about the Vietnam War at the Harvard Art Museums Thursday night.

General McChrystal
IOP

At IOP, General McChrystal Advocates Self-Discipline, National Service

“The vision is one of a nation in undeniable decline, a march towards twilight, away from the dreams of our founders," four-star General Stanley A. McChrystal said.

IOP

Former Attorney General Lynch Concerned for 'Divided' Country

We’re in a situation now where not only are we not able to talk to each other, but the country is very divided,” Lynch said.

President of Mauritius
Harvard Kennedy School

Mauritian President Says Climate Change Poses Dangers to Island Nation

Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib spoke at the Kennedy School Thursday about the growing Mauritian economy and the threat climate change poses to the island nation.

America's Opioid Crisis
IOP

Former Vermont Governor Discusses Deadly Opioid Crisis

“This is the least excusable disease in America, because this is self inflicted… stop passing out OxyContin and other painkillers like candy, stop,” Former Vermont Governor Peter E. Shumlin said.

A Conversation with Ashton B. Carter
Politics

Former Defense Secretary Discusses Military Innovation

Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter discussed military cooperation with the tech industry, artificial intelligence, and his career at the Defense Department.

Thucydides' Lesson
IOP

Academics Debate U.S.-China Relations at Kennedy School

A Kennedy School professor argued that the potential for conflict between China and the U.S. would be the defining issue of our time.

John Kerry
Politics

John Kerry Will Deliver Kennedy School’s Graduation Address

Former Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the Kennedy School’s graduation address in May.

Harvard Kennedy School

Kennedy School Raises $580 Million in Capital Campaign

Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf says the school will focus on funding student financial aid, an ongoing construction project set to finish next winter, and developing programs that engage with “digital technology and governance.”

The Future of Defense
Politics

DARPA Director Promotes Defense Technological Capabilities

Acting Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Steven H. Walker said the agency's adjustment to the Trump administration is "going great."

Journalism

Shane Bauer of Mother Jones Awarded Goldsmith Prize

Shane Bauer—a reporter for Mother Jones who worked at a private prison for four months and chronicled his experiences and the prison’s mismanagement—won the $25,000 top prize.