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IOP Fellows Clash Over DACA

Former Republican U.S. Representative Jason E. Chaffetz and former Obama aide Yohannes Abraham clashed over President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program protecting undocumented young people.


Lewandowski to Join IOP as Visiting Fellow

Lewandowski rose to prominence during the 2016 presidential election as an early and divisive aide to then-presidential candidate Trump.


Professors Debate Future of Democracy at IOP

The panel, moderated by Kennedy School lecturer Nicco Mele, brought together scholars from across departments and areas of interest to answer one particular question: “Are democracies in peril?"


Geospatial Intelligence Director Talks Satellite Technology and Government Intelligence

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo argued for his agency’s critical role at the intersection of earth sciences and national security at a group gathering last month at Harvard Kennedy School.


Evidence of Russian Meddling in Election 'Overwhelming,' Clapper Says at IOP

Clapper described what he saw as “irrefutable” proof that Russia had meddled in the election, including cyberattacks, hacking, and propaganda.

Balloons Ready

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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.