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FROM THE BLOG

Pursuing Sustainability—Connecting Science and Practice // William C. Clark

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Coming of Age, Setting a Goal // Hanna Amanuel

On Love and Metamorphosis // Andrea Ortiz

NEW BOOKS

Michael Herzfeld // Siege of the Spirits: Community and Polity in Bangkok // The University of Chicago Press

Michael Puett, et al. // The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life // Simon & Schuster

Edited by Fernando M. Reimers, et al. // Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-First Century: Educational Goals, Policies, and Curricula from Six Nations // Harvard Education Press

Edited by Kenneth Rogoff, et al. // Progress and Confusion: The State of Macroeconomic Policy // The MIT Press

JOURNALS & WORKING PAPERS

Claudia Goldin, et al. // A Most Egalitarian Profession: Pharmacy and the Evolution of a Family-Friendly Occupation // Journal of Labor Economics

Daniel Ziblatt, et al. // An Introduction to Special Issue: the Causes and Consequences of Secret Ballot Reform // Comparative Political Studies

Tarek Masoud, et al. // Using the Qur’ān to Empower Arab Women? Theory and Experimental Evidence From Egypt // Comparative Political Studies

Mary C. Brinton, et al. // Revisiting the Welfare State Paradox: A Firm-Level Analysis from Japan // Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

Dustin Tingley, et al. // Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for Comparative Politics // Political Analysis virtual issue on Innovations in Text Analysis for Social Science

Alberto Alesina, et al. // Ethnic Inequality // Journal of Political Economy

OPINION

Tarun Khanna // What Entrepreneurs Can Bring to a Public Discourse // LinkedIn Pulse

Alberto Alesina // Violence against Women: Cross-Cultural Analysis for Africa // The Centre for Economic Policy Research, Vox EU

Sendhil Mullainathan // Satellite Images Can Pinpoint Poverty Where Surveys Can’t // The Upshot

Calestous Juma // How Can Africa Master the Digital Revolution? // World Economic Forum

Noah Feldman // Noah Feldman: Can the Supreme Court Demand Compromise? It Just Did. // The Commercial Appeal

Michael Puett // The College of Chinese Wisdom // Wall Street Journal

Michael Puett // Forget Mindfulness, Stop Trying to Find Yourself and Start Faking It // The Guardian

Pippa Norris // Are Poor Societies Stuck with Dictators? // The Conversation

Iris Bohnet // Equality Takes Work // The Atlantic

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. // Brexit and the Balance of Power // Project Syndicate

Jack L. Goldsmith // Does the Iran Deal Require the USG to Seek Preemption of (Some) State Sanctions? // Lawfare

Jeffrey Frankel // Jeffrey Frankel on Tackling Inequality // World Economic Forum

Calestous Juma // How Africa Is Shaping Its Relations with China // Technology & Policy

Michael Puett // This Ancient Chinese Text Is the Manual for Business Disruptors // Fortune

Dani Rodrik // A Progressive Logic of Trade // Project Syndicate

WIGH Fellow Jim Downs // Red-Hot Gay Marriage // Aeon

Noah Feldman // Noah Feldman: Supreme Court Ruling Shouldn't Hinge on Immigrants' Legal Status // The Morning Call

Serhii Plokhy // Chornobyl: The Tombstone of the Reckless Empire // Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Jacqueline Bhabha // Roma Slavery: The Case for Reparations // Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies

Karthik Ramanna // The Quiet War on Corporate Accountability // The New York Times

Amartya Sen // How Majority Rule Might Have Stopped Donald Trump // The New York Times

Jack L. Goldsmith // Don’t Let Americans Sue Saudi Arabia // The New York Times

VIDEO

William C. Clark // Pursuing Sustainability: How Do We Make Progress? // YouTube, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Mary C. Brinton, Alexandra Killewald, and Claudia Goldin // Frontier Questions in Comparative Gender Inequality Research // Vimeo, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

David Keith // Why We Should Research Solar Geoengineering // YouTube, TEDxHarvardCollege

Alejandro de la Fuente and Michèle Lamont // Frontier Questions in Comparative Racial Inequality // Vimeo, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Kenneth Rogoff // China Is Number One System Accident Risk: Rogoff // Bloomberg

Michael Puett // US Distorts Asia’s Wisdom about the World, Says Harvard Prof // The Big Think

Matthew Bunn // Matthew Bunn: the Nuclear Football // YouTube, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. // Joseph S. Nye, Jr.: What Is Power? // YouTube, Center for Strategic & International Studies

R. Nicholas Burns // Analyzing Trump’s Tough-Talking Foreign Policy Speech // PBS Newshour

AUDIO

Alejandro de la Fuente and Michèle Lamont // Frontier Questions in Comparative Racial Inequality // Soundcloud, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Mary C. Brinton, Alexandra Killewald, Claudia Goldin // Frontier Questions in Comparative Gender Inequality Research // Soundcloud, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Steven Levitsky // Steven Levitsky on Peru's Election // Soundcloud, LatAm in Focus, AS/COA Online

R. Nicholas Burns // Leading the Response to Radical Extremism // Soundcloud, Aspen Ideas To Go, Aspen Institute

Elizabeth M. Wolkovich // Study Finds Climate Change Could Be Leading to Better Wine // All Things Considered, NPR

Samuel Moyn // Political Philosophy in the World: Human Rights // The Philosopher’s Zone, Australian Broadcasting Commission

Robert D. Putnam // Harvard Social Scientist Robert Putnam: Income Inequality Hurts Kids // WGBH, Boston, NPR

William C. Clark // Bill Clark on 'Sustainability Science' // Maine Public Broadcasting

Michael Puett // Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh: “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life” // The Diane Rehm Show, NPR

QUOTED

Michael Sandel // ‘People Want Politics to Be About Big Things’ // Harvard Gazette

Laurence Ralph // A Bleak, Troubling History // Harvard Gazette

John Ruggie // Advisor Recommends FIFA to Strip Nations of World Cup over Human Rights // Al Bawaba

Michael E. Porter // Why Natural Gas Is Key to Lowering Canada’s Carbon Footprint // Canadian Business

Bruce Western // Give Voice // Harvard Kennedy School Magazine

Dustin Tingley // Presidents, Congress, and Foreign Policy // Harvard Magazine

John Ruggie // Sport Cannot ‘Hide’ from Human Rights, Qatar Conference Hears // The Manila Times

Mark C. Elliott // International Affairs Provost and Scholar of China Visits Latin America // The Harvard Crimson

Mary C. Waters // Tighter Enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico Border Backfired, Researchers Find // Princeton University

Sugata Bose // Bengal's Self-Esteem Is Hurt. We Must Restore It: Sugata—Another MP Hits out at Corruption // The Telegraph

Theda Skocpol // How Conservative Megadonors Built a Shadow GOP that Weakened the Official Party // Vox

Calestous Juma // Decoding the Digital Revolution for Africa // The New Times

Samuel Moyn // Mixed Progress Cited in Challenging Discrimination // The Harvard Gazette

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