Top Ten Harvard Kennedy School Stories of 2013

December 23, 2013
By Jenny Li Fowler, HKS Communications

There’s no question that 2013 was a busy year for news. We witnessed the Boston marathon bombings, the shutdown – and near default – of the U.S. government, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Overseas we watched the horrors of Syria’s civil war escalate further, Iran reach an historic nuclear deal with world powers, and the passing of Nelson Mandela. Those are just some of the events that drew headlines and our attention this past year.

Here at the Kennedy School, we hosted a number of esteemed leaders including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, and Senegalese President Macky Sall. Our faculty and centers remained at the forefront of groundbreaking research and initiatives, working on global issues like climate change and innovative policy solutions like social impact bonds.

As 2013 comes to a close, here are our 10 most viewed Harvard Kennedy School web articles of the year:

  1. What the Shutdown Means for Some Government Agencies

  2. Eye Contact May Make People Less Susceptible to Persuasion

  3. Extreme Political Attitudes May Stem From an Illusion of Understanding

  4. New Faculty Feature: Adjunct Lecturer Simeon Djankov

  5. Linda Bilmes on the U.S. Engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan: “The Most Expensive Wars in U.S. History”

  6. HKS Commencement 2013

  7. What’s Killing the Study of International Relations

  8. Tshering Tobgay MC/MPA 2004 to Lead Bhutan

  9. Nicholas Burns on the Iran Nuclear Deal

  10. A Once-in-Human-History Opportunity

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U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

"This year, Congress hasn’t enacted a single one of the 12 major appropriations bills that fund government operations, so any agency that doesn’t have funding lined up will be very hard hit," said Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy.

panel on Iran

Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (L to R); Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations; and Mohsen Milani, professor of politics and chair of the department of government and international affairs at the University of South Florida.

Photo credit Tom Fitzsimmons.