HKS in the News February 14, 2012

February 14, 2012

1. Cap and Trade Curbed Acid Rain: 7 Reasons Why It Can Do The Same For Climate Change (Stavins) Forbes

2. Ambassador to Pakistan Analyzes U.S.-Pakistan Relations (Burns) The Harvard Crimson

3. Summers: U.S. Has 10M Fewer Jobs Than It Should (Summers) Bloomberg

4. Even When the Subject Is Gun Control, Our Government Wins When Justice Is Done (Strauss) Huffington Post

5. Dubai School of Government reduces Harvard link and takes new direction The National


Cap and Trade Curbed Acid Rain: 7 Reasons Why It Can Do The Same For Climate Change

Forbes

February 13

Cited: Robert Stavins, Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Topic: SO2 trading program

…A new report [“The SO2 Allowance Trading System and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation”; full report (PDF)] from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, recounts this remarkable story. More important for climate policy, the report distills what policy-makers have learned 20 years after launching a market for SO2.

In May of 2011, Harvard hosted a two-day workshop, inviting economists, lawyers, and former government officials, including several who served in the H.W. Bush White House, to reflect on the performance of the SO2 trading program. Participants included Harvard’s Robert Stavins (co-author of the SO2 allowance-trading report) as well as Robert Grady, a senior official at the Office of Management and Budget under President Bush I; C. Boyden Gray, the elder Bush’s White House Counsel; Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund; and Mary Nichols, a Clinton administration EPA official now overseeing the development of California’s soon-to-launch carbon-trading program.

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Ambassador to Pakistan Analyzes U.S.-Pakistan Relations

The Harvard Crimson

February 14

Quoted: Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center

Topic: U.S.-Pakistan relations

The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani intelligence communities is “okay,” U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron P. Munter said on Monday, but the two nations’ military relationship is “not okay.”

Munter delivered this frank analysis during a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School in which he emphasized the importance of repairing strained ties between the nation he represents and the place he is stationed. …

“The U.S.-Pakistani relationship is among our most important,” Burns said. Precarious negotiations surrounding terrorism, al-Qaeda, and U.S. engagement in Afghanistan make U.S. activity in South Asia the “heart of American diplomacy,” Burns said.

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Summers: U.S. Has 10M Fewer Jobs Than It Should

Bloomberg

February 13

Quoted: Lawrence Summers, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Topic: U.S. economy

The U.S. economy has about 10 million fewer jobs than it should and economic output is about $1 trillion below where it ought to be, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said.

“Our economy still remains well short of its potential,” Summers said in a speech in Calgary today. “That downturn casts a substantial shadow forward over the U.S. economy.”

Summers , who is a professor and researcher at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, said he doesn’t anticipate any “large fiscal actions” from the U.S. government in the next months. Changes will probably come after the presidential elections, he said at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy-sponsored event.

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Even When the Subject Is Gun Control, Our Government Wins When Justice Is Done

Huffington Post

February 12

Commentary by: Steven Strauss, Institute of Politics

Topic: Gun control

My brother committed suicide with a gun. When New York City's murder rate was 4 times its current level -- guns were often involved, and they're still involved in many of the city's crimes. It's no surprise I'm an advocate of gun control, and a knee-jerk opponent of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

It's extraordinary that I find myself concurring with the NRA about 2 tourists recently arrested in NYC. Ryan Jerome is from Indiana, and Meredith Graves from Tennessee. Each had permits from his or her home state to carry concealed weapons. Ryan was visiting the Empire State Building, and Meredith the 9/11 Memorial, when each became aware that NYC does not permit the carrying of concealed weapons. In each incident, they found a security officer, informed the officer about the gun, and voluntarily offered to hand it in. Each faces prosecution and potentially years in prison for illegal gun possession -- because NYC doesn't recognize out-of-state gun permits and the prosecutor won't use his discretion to drop the charges.

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Dubai School of Government reduces Harvard link and takes new direction

The National (UAE)

February 12

Cited: Harvard Kennedy School

Topic: Changes at Dubai School of Government

DUBAI // A fellowship to be set up by the Dubai School of Government (DSG) will allow selected public servants to study at Harvard for a week.

The fellowship will replace a DSG-funded programme at the Ivy League university called the Dubai Initiative, which supported eight to 15 resident fellows and non-resident associates to do research on the Middle East for a year. …

Any future research partnerships between the two schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis, though none had been planned as of last month. Senior government employees would participate in activities at DSG while working full-time. Some would go on to a week-long Executive Education course at the Harvard Kennedy School of public policy. It is not clear yet how many government officials will be selected as fellows or attend the Kennedy School. DSG did not respond to requests for comment.

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Broadcast Notes

Richard Parker, Shorenstein Center

WGBH “Emily Rooney,” 2/13

Topic: Greece


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