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HKS in the News April 26, 2012

1. Group Wants Women to Open Their Wallets for Female Political Candidates (Budson) US News and World Report

2. At conference on avoidable care, experts say malpractice lawsuits not the central issue (Chandra) The Boston Globe

3. When We Wage Cyberwar, the Whole Web Suffers (Crawford) Bloomberg

4. Nigeria Must Stop Being a Crippled Giant (Toft) This Day (Nigeria)

5. Russia-China Military Ties Growing Despite Friction (Saradzhyan) World Politics Review


Group Wants Women to Open Their Wallets for Female Political Candidates

US News and World Report

April 25

Quoted: Victoria Budson, Women and Public Policy Program

Topic: The gender gap in political donations

A group devoted to female politicians says one way to get more women on Capitol Hill is to convince female voters to donate money to campaigns. …

Victoria Budson , the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University, offers up another reason for the gap in political contributions between men and women.

"Men tend to view political giving as an extension of their power base," Budson says. "Women view it as one of the many ways they invest in their values and their priorities. It is one of the ways they participate in politics, but it is not the only way." …

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At conference on avoidable care, experts say malpractice lawsuits not the central issue The Boston Globe

April 25

Quoted: Amitabh Chandra, Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy

Topic: Costs of medical care

Amitabh Chandra , an economist and professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, argued that the practice of defensive medicine -- ordering tests and procedures to avoid lawsuits -- was not a significant driver.

Each year, the United States spends about $56 billion on medical liability, he said, including a total of $10 billion on payments to injured patients and administrative costs. The rest, about $46 billion, is attributable to “doing more than we should because we want to reduce the threat of litigation,” Chandra said. …

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When We Wage Cyberwar, the Whole Web Suffers

Bloomberg

April 25

Commentary by: Susan Crawford, Shorenstein Center

Topic: The dangers of cyber-warfare

Responding to concerns voiced by privacy advocates, conservative groups and hundreds of thousands of Americans, the House Intelligence Committee has revised parts of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, also known as CISPA.

Those provisions would have allowed companies to disclose sensitive information to the government without being accountable to U.S. privacy laws. There will be more amendments offered when the bill reaches the House floor, probably Thursday or Friday.

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Nigeria Must Stop Being a Crippled Giant

The Day

April 25

Cited: Monica Toft and the Institute of Politics

Topic: The future of Nigeria

Toft and the IOP were also cited in The Nigeria News Network

Former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, has said Nigeria, with its largest population in Africa and all its potentials for greatness, must stop being "a crippled giant."

The former US envoy said this on Monday night during a "Conversation on Nigeria" by John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard University Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he and Nigerian Ambassador to US, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, served as panelists at the session on "the future of Nigeria". …

In his own contributions at the forum moderated by Harvard Professor Monica Toft, Nigerian Ambassador, Adefuye said the future of Nigeria was very bright because "we have a committed and dedicated leadership and a vibrant population". …

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Russia-China Military Ties Growing Despite Friction

World Politics Review

April 26

Quoted: Simon Saradzhyan, Belfer Center

Topic: Military cooperation between Russia and China

WPR: How has Russia-China military and defense cooperation evolved over the past 10 years?

Simon Saradzhyan : Bilateral military cooperation has developed steadily thanks to a general rapprochement between China and postcommunist Russia. On top of strong economic ties, the growth is based on the convergence of the two countries' interests in opposing U.S. global dominance, the development of U.S. missile defenses, the expansion of NATO and regime changes in third countries.

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