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HKS in the News February 28, 2012

1. HKS To Go Smoke-Free March 1 (Haigh, Martin) The Harvard Crimson

2. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger wins Harvard journalism award The Guardian (U.K.)

3. The US tax system needs rebuilding (Summers) Financial Times

4. Turning the Tide for Women (Mansbridge) The Huffington Post

5. Iran's Nuclear Program is 'Struggling': Ex-IAEA Chief (Heinonen) Reuters

6. Harvard and the 'One-State Solution' (Ellwood) Chronicle of Higher Education

HKS To Go Smoke-Free March 1
The Harvard Crimson
February 27
Quoted: John Haigh, Jeffrey Martin
Topic: New smoke-free policy at HKS

The Harvard Kennedy School will become a smoke-free campus starting March 1, Executive Dean John A. Haigh announced last week.

The Kennedy School will join the Harvard’s Medical School and Business School in enacting a comprehensive prohibition of smoking anywhere on its grounds and within 25 feet of building entrances and windows.

“We make this move to promote good health and to reduce any impact from smoke upon our staff, faculty, and students, following decades of research on the negative impacts of smoking and second-hand smoke.” Haigh wrote in an email to students and faculty.

Another major impetus to go smoke-free was the U.S. Green Building Council’s recent changes to certification requirements, according to Jeffrey L. Martin, director of the Office of Facilities Management at the Kennedy School.

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Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger wins Harvard journalism award
The Guardian (U.K.)
February 27
Cited: Shorenstein Center
Topic: Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

Harvard University has announced Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, as the recipient of a prestigious award for "excellence in journalism".

The university said it had chosen Rusbridger in recognition of a career in journalism spanning four decades.

In the announcement, Harvard cited his "leadership in the Guardian's five-year investigation and exposure of phone hacking by employees of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp". It also noted Rusbridger's stewardship of the Guardian's WikiLeaks coverage, and his involvement in developing the Guardian's digital-first business strategy.

To mark the award, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, Rusbridger will deliver a speech at Harvard's John F Kennedy school of government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 6.

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The US tax system needs rebuilding
Financial Times
February 26
Commentary by: Lawrence Summers, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Topic: Efforts to reform the US tax code

Whoever wins this year’s US election, the combined effect of three events – the expiry of former president George W. Bush’s tax cuts, a renewal of the legally binding limit on federal borrowing and the start of a Congressionally mandated sequester, a mechanism that will automatically cut domestic spending from 2013 – will force the president and Congress to engage deeply with fiscal issues. The decisions made will do much to determine the country’s future….

Less discussed in the context of major deficit reduction is tax reform. For a variety of reasons, 2013 should be the year when the tax code is overhauled in a substantial way.

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Turning the Tide for Women
The Huffington Post
February 27
Quoted: Jane Mansbridge
Topic: Reproductive health rights

Dr. Jane Mansbridge, Adams professor at the Harvard Kennedy School put two great quotes in my head. "Fortuna," said Machiavelli, "is the arbiter of one-half of our actions." And Shakespeare said, "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune."

In the case of reasserting women's rights to healthcare, the flood has been a long time coming.

Right now, it is clear we have a policy window to reset Americans' idea about women's health and reproductive rights. According to Dr. Mansbridge, a policy window is an opportunity created by a conjuncture of events that make a new policy possible. The window can be a time in which you promote a particular policy, it can be the moment when you can help advance the clarification that a crisis brings about, or it can be an "unsettling of past settlements."

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Iran's Nuclear Program is 'Struggling': Ex-IAEA Chief
Reuters News
February 27
Quoted: Ollie Heinonen, Belfer Center
Topic: Topic

A former official of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran's use of old technology could be making it difficult for the country to expand its nuclear program.

"It appears [Iran is] still struggling with the advanced centrifuges," Olli Heinonen, a former chief nuclear inspector for the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency, told Reuters.

Despite years of testing and the recent unveiling of its fourth-generation centrifuge, Iran's enrichment capabilities aren't advanced enough for large-scale uranium production.

"We do not know whether the reasons for delays are lack of raw materials or design problems," Heinonen added.

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Harvard and the 'One-State Solution'
Chronicle of Higher Education
February 27
Quoted: David Ellwood
Topic: Student conference on the one-state proposal

Additional coverage of this story also appeared in Bloomberg News, The Huffington Post, The Harvard Crimson, and elsewhere.

Its proponents describe the "one-state solution" as a new approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which Israelis and Palestinians would together form a single country. Critics -- including many who differ with Israeli policies toward the Palestinians -- view the "one-state solution" as code for saying that Israel should be eliminated as a Jewish state.

An academic conference on the idea -- organized by Harvard University students sympathetic to the concept, and featuring professors and others who are as well -- has the university simultaneously defending the right of students, under the principles of academic freedom, to organize the conference, and criticizing how they have done so….

"Harvard University and the Harvard Kennedy School in no way endorse or support the apparent position of the student organizers or any participants. We would never take a position on specific policy solutions to achieving peace in this region, and certainly would not endorse any policy that some argue could lead to the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel," said the statement from [HKS Dean David] Ellwood.

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