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HKS in the News May 2, 2012

1. Restoring the Spirit of the Elbe Meeting (Ryan) The Moscow Times

2. Migrant Issue Challenges China Urbanization (Saich) China Radio International

3. Armed With Data, Fighting More Than Crime (Behn) The New York Times

4. Public servants seeking new skills have been abandoned ( Heifetz ) The Guardian (UK)

5. Israel's Arab Citizens: Double Exposure (Baum) Moment Magazine

6. The Controversy Over the bin Laden Raid Anniversary: The Real Contrast Is Between Obama and Carter (Cogan) The Huffington Post

Restoring the Spirit of the Elbe Meeting

The Moscow Times

May 2

Quoted: Kevin Ryan, Belfer Center

Topic: U.S. – Russia military relations

On the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21, it seems that the rhetoric from both the United States and Russia has returned to a more combative past. Deep-seated disagreements over missile defense and so-called frozen conflicts in Georgia have renewed suspicions and battered trust between the countries. This corrosive situation is only amplified by the fact that both countries are in an election year when moderation is viewed as a weakness and hyperbole is the norm.

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Migrant Issue Challenges China Urbanization

China Radio International

May 2

Quoted: Anthony Saich, Ash Center

Topic: Urbanization in China

China will have to face a host of problems in its drive to realize "effective urbanization" in the next decade, with the most prominent challenge lying in accommodating the large number of migrant workers, said a U.S. expert.

Anthony Saich remembered visiting China for the first time in 1976 when he was a student in London. "I hardly anticipated the process of urbanization that China would go through" in the next 30 years and beyond, he told Xinhua.

As a well-known U.S. expert on China, Saich recently launched a project of Chinese public policy case studies at Harvard University's Kennedy School. He is also working on a new book with a Chinese economist on Chinese villages' new collective ownership amid globalization. …

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Armed With Data, Fighting More Than Crime

The New York Times

May 2

Quoted: Robert Behn

Topic: Using CompStat in politics

Government accountability systems don’t usually become global superstars, but CompStat did. The ideas in CompStat were first developed by Jack Maple, when he was a lieutenant in the New York City Transit Police, as a way to track subway crime and more intelligently deploy transit cops.

Robert Behn, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, counts at least 19 United States cities, a couple of counties and two states — Maryland and Washington — that use CompStat for activities other than police work. Some federal agencies are also adapting the model. …

Since GunStat was established in 2008, arrests, in fact, have dropped. But so have shootings — down from 651 in 2007 to 368 last year — and homicides, down from 282 in 2007 to 197 last year. “The traditional way of being successful in a large bureaucracy is to not screw up,” said Harvard’s Behn. CitiStat-style programs, he said, change that – “from not screwing up and staying out of the newspapers to a list of things they are supposed to accomplish. People are aware there are things they’re responsible for accomplishing, and they eventually drive that down into the organization.” …

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Public servants seeking new skills have been abandoned

The Guardian (UK)

May 1

Quoted: Ronald Heifetz, Center for Public Leadership

Topic: Lack of job training for Public Servants in the UK

Ronald Heifitz [sic], the founder of the Centre for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy school, may have an interesting angle to offer on the state of play in the UK's public services. With major reforms under way of how services in Britain are meant to be delivered, combined with the deepest spending cuts since the 1950s, we have what Heifitz would call an "adaptive challenge". In short, we don't know quite how to deal with the scale and complexity of the problem faced and, as such, public servants have to work it out for ourselves. We have to learn new strategies and skills to adapt to an unforgiving and unfamiliar situation.

New research by recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark illustrates one way in which this challenge is being received. Its survey of 1,000 public sector workers found that 41.1% of workers must now learn the additional skills required to do their job from colleagues or by searching the internet. The strong DIY theme might be music to the ears of Heifitz, who thinks that solutions to adaptive problems should be generated not by the leaders but by those closely connected to the issues and in greatest need of the solution. …

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Israel's Arab Citizens: Double Exposure

Moment Magazine

May/June 2012

Quoted: Matthew Baum, Shorenstein Center

Topic: The media in Israel

…the polarization between Jews and Arabs in Israel peaks at times of nationalistic disputes, particularly when violence breaks out. “At times of conflict each medium runs away to its nationalistic camp and hides deeper behind walls of nationalism,” says Kabha. “For the Arab citizens of Israel, it means becoming more Palestinian at the expense of civil affiliation to the state of Israel.”

Does the existence of Arabic media deepen the chasm between Jews and Arabs in Israel? Matthew Baum, a professor of global communications and public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, says the situation is not black and white. “Different reality?” asks Baum. “No. Different emphasis? Yes. That difference in emphasis can be important. A lot of politics is about framing…. Arab citizens of Israel could form a different perspective from watching satellite—just as if Americans watched the international channel.” …

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The Controversy Over the bin Laden Raid Anniversary: The Real Contrast Is Between Obama and Carter

The Huffington Post

May 1

Commentary by: Charles Cogan, Belfer Center

Topic: Presidential decision making

As the one who was in charge of the CIA side of the attempted hostage rescue mission in Iran in 1980, what jumps out at me from a reading of the two-part piece in Time ("The Last Days of Osama bin Laden") is the feeling that Barack Obama would have gone ahead with the operation that Jimmy Carter called off.

Obama is a risk-taker who went ahead with the bin Laden raid against the recommendation of Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and the President's No. 2 military adviser, Gen. James Cartwright. …

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In the HKS TV Studio

Nicholas Burns, Belfer Center

MSNBC , 5/1

Topic: The anniversary of Bin Laden’s death

Broadcast Notes

Michael Semple, Carr Center

PRI “The Takeaway” 5/1

Topic: Obama’s visit to Afghanistan

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

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