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HKS in the News February 17, 2012

1. Taoiseach tells US: Our best and brightest days are still ahead (Ireland)

2. Dark days in Mideast test US policy (Burns) The Boston Globe

3. The Education Issue: More students getting graduate degrees (Day) The Washington Post

4. 15 Questions with Nazila Fathi (Fathi) The Harvard Crimson

Taoiseach tells US: Our best and brightest days are still ahead (Ireland)
February 17
Cited: Harvard Kennedy School
Topic: Irish Prime Minister visits HKS

This story is also covered in Irish Times, RTE News, and The Boston Globe

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has told an American audience at Harvard that Ireland has been through a “bleak midwinter” but is now focused on recovery and opportunity.

The Taoiseach’s speech at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Massachusetts last night focused on re-asserting Ireland’s place in the world, noting that there is now less talk of Ireland’s difficulties and more about recovery. …

The Taoiseach quoted President Kennedy on his 1963 visit to Ireland, who had described how Ireland’s “remarkable combination of hope, confidence and imagination that is needed more than ever today”.

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 Dark days in Mideast test US policy
The Boston Globe
February 17
Commentary by: Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center
Topic: Middle East conflict

ONE YEAR after the Arab revolutions began with so much promise, the trends have turned darkly ominous in the two key countries at the heart of the Middle East — Egypt and Syria. At this time last year, many of us hoped we might be witnessing the start of the most significant and positive change in the Arab world since the creation of the modern Middle East after the First World War. But events are now moving quickly in the opposite direction, highlighting the sharply reduced influence of the United States, until recently the most important outside power. Horrific violence in Syria’s civil war and a looming showdown between Islamists and the military in Egypt point to a Middle East more troubled than stable and more violent than peaceful in the year ahead.

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The Education Issue: More students getting graduate degrees
The Washington Post
February 16
Quoted: Ramsey Day MPA/MC 2012
Topic: Higher education

In early 2011, Ramsey Day was completing his 21 / 2-year tour as head of USAID’s Montenegro office and evaluating his next job offer. The 36-year-old’s political career trajectory had been steep and fast. Starting in 2003, he had: served as an advance representative for Vice President Dick Cheney; worked on George Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign; won a political appointment to USAID’s Europe-Eurasia Bureau; been promoted to the bureau’s chief of staff, and then promoted again to chief of USAID’s Public Liaison Office. …

And so, instead of going to Afghanistan last year, Day went to graduate school. After weighing acceptance letters from American University’s School of International Service and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Day left the mountains of Montenegro in August and moved to Cambridge, where he is now halfway through a one-year master’s in public administration.

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15 Questions with Nazila Fathi
The Harvard Crimson
February 16
Quoted: Nazila Fathi, Shorenstein Center
Topic: Life in Iran

1. Fifteen Minutes: Did you always know you would become a journalist?

Nazila Fathi: The first time I fell in love with journalism was when I saw that press conference [in Iran during which Geraldine Brooks was chided by government officials for dressing extremely conservatively]. I realized the power that journalists can indirectly have—the authority, and how politicians could worry about their image in their encounters with reporters.

2. FM: How did you get involved with reporting on Iran for The New York Times?

NF: I started as a translator.... [News publications] had a huge appetite for stories from Iran. [As a stringer] basically I was on call all the time. They used me whenever they needed me. I didn’t get any credit, partially because I didn’t have credentials, and The New York Times had this policy until early 2000 that they wouldn’t give credit to stringers.

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In the HKS TV Studio

Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center
CNBC “The Kudlow Report,” 2/16
Topic: Conflict in the Middle East

Broadcast Notes

Michael Semple, Carr Center

NPR’s “Here & Now,” 2/16
Topic: Talks with the Taliban

This selection of media appearances is compiled by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

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