Spring Conference to Examine Challenges Facing Global Democracies

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: May 04, 2005

Cambridge, MA – Distinguished scholars and policymakers from throughout Harvard University and beyond will gather May 13-14 for the annual Spring Conference at the Kennedy School of Government. This year’s conference, titled “Crisis and Democracies: Can We Meet the Challenges Ahead?” will engage participants in discussion and analysis of a myriad of 21st century global challenges – economic, social and political.
Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood will host the conference. Ellwood remarked, “This is an exciting and dynamic time for peoples and nations across the globe. There is a serious debate about how and whether nations, particularly democratic nations, can overcome the obstacles posed by terrorism, poverty, underdevelopment, global warming, and economic shifts. This conference will focus on those very real issues and the possible opportunities and solutions on the horizon.”
Panel discussions and plenary sessions will examine these topics:
* After Iraq, What?
* Social Security Reform: What Would Private Accounts Mean?
* Faith, Moral Convictions and Policy Choices
* Managing the Global Environment
* Building Freedom and Democracy: What is the U.S. Role?
* Can America Promote Democracy?
* Challenges Facing Emerging Democracies
* Tackling Global Poverty
* Propaganda, Secrecy and the News
* Democracy and Terrorism
* Advancing Women in Democratic Societies
Participants will include:
* Lawrence H. Summers, president, Harvard University; former secretary, U.S. Treasury
* David Ellwood, dean, Kennedy School; former assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
* Graham Allison, director, Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; former U.S. assistant secretary of defense
* Mary Jo Bane, Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, Kennedy School; former assistant secretary for families and children, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
* Robert Blackwill, president, Barbour Griffith & Rogers, LLC; former special assistant to the president
* Ashton Carter, Ford Foundation professor of science and international affairs; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
* J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery professor of the practice of religion and public life, Kennedy School; secretary for social services and president of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston
* John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz professor of environmental policy; chair of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences
* Swanee Hunt, director, Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program; former U.S. Ambassador to Austria
* Michael Ignatieff, director, Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; former member, International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
* Jeffrey Liebman, assistant professor of public policy, Kennedy School; former special assistant to the president for economic policy
* Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of political leadership and democratic values, Kennedy School
* Mark Rosenzweig, director, Center for International Development; former director of research for the U.S. Selection Commission of Immigration and Refugee Policy
* Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, World Economic Forum
* Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt professor of business and government, Kennedy School; former chair, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Economics Advisory Board
* Tommy Thompson, former secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
* Stephen Walt, academic dean, Kennedy School
* Shirley Williams, member, House of Lords; co-founder, Liberal Democratic Party, United Kingdom;
* John White, lecturer in public policy; former deputy secretary of defense
* William Julius Wilson, university professor; director, Kennedy School’s Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program
Reporters interested in attending this event should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115 to register.
More information on the conference may be obtained through the website: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/conference/crisis/index.html

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