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To mark its 30th anniversary, the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will host a panel discussion April 8 at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum titled “Is America Working? What Business and Government Can Do.” The event begins at 6 p.m. Panelists will include:
• Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and M-RCBG Director;
• Roger Porter, IBM Professor of Business & Government, HKS;
• Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs;
• Ben Heineman, senior fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at HKS;
• Nina Easton, Fortune Magazine columnist, commentator for Fox News, and Fall 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Since 1982, M-RCBG has worked to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of the public and private sectors. Now more than ever, government policy and private sector activity are at critical points both domestically and abroad. The shock of the financial crisis, the shifts in the distribution of global economic power, and the changes being brought about by information technology combine to make this an unusually important moment to reexamine traditional assumptions about these relationships. The world has changed enormously in the last 30 years, but the need for thoughtful engagement in the business and government sectors remains as strong as ever.
Within the center, notable ongoing projects include: Prof. Summers’ work on policy responses to financial crises; Prof. John Ruggie’s work with the United Nations to establish a new international framework for business and human rights; Linda Bilmes’ research on defense spending; and Prof. Robert Stavins work on a post-Kyoto global climate change architecture.