Harvard Kennedy School Deepens Commitment to Public Policy Research in China

January 14, 2013
Kate Hoagland, Ash Center Communications

Dean David Ellwood is leading a group of Harvard Kennedy School faculty members to Beijing to help strengthen the school’s commitment to the study of Chinese governance and public policy. The week of commemorative events marks the culmination of more than 15 years of training of Chinese government officials and scholars by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

The visit began with an inaugural Alumni Public Policy Forum on Sunday (Jan. 13), which included a ceremonial signing of agreements to renew commitments to several training programs that have received acclaim from the Chinese government.

The series of events will continue with a conference titled, “Challenge and Cooperation: How Can Rising China and Adjusting U.S. Manage Their Relations and Deal with Global Challenges,” co-hosted by the Kennedy School's Ash Center, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Institute for China-U.S. People-to-People Exchange. The Harvard contingent, along with academics from throughout China will take part in panel discussions with topics ranging from, “Implications of New Leaders in China on U.S.-China Relations” to “Roles China and U.S. should Play in Promoting International Security.”

Those attending include Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations; Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs; David Richards, Belfer Center; David Sanger, Belfer Center senior fellow and adjunct lecturer; and William Tobey, Belfer Center senior fellow.

Over the years the Ash Center has hosted about 1,150 scholars, policymakers, and high-ranking government officials for executive training and Rajawali research fellowships. In the last ten years, more than 500 Chinese government officials have participated in the Center’s China’s Leaders in Development (CLD) program. Furthermore, considered by the Chinese government to be one of the best overseas training programs worldwide – more than 200 Chinese policymakers and civil servants have participated in the New World Fellows program, which encourages collaboration with rising Chinese leaders and their international peers and supports policy reform scholarship exchange between the US and China. read more

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Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Lu Mai, secretary general of the China Development Research Foundation

Pictured (L to R) Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation;David Ellwood, HKS dean; Lu Mai, secretary general of the China Development Research Foundation

Photo Credit: Laura Ma

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Signing Ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding with (L to R) Xue Lan, dean of the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University; Hou Yunchun, deputy director of the Development Research Center of the State Council; David Ellwood, Harvard Kennedy School dean