Tue, Sep 27, 2011
Tue, Sep 27, 2011
17 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Empowering 3 Billion
Distinguished Guest, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Eleventh President of India
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Director of the South Asia Initiative and Jorge Paolo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Dr. Kalam spoke about his Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) Initiative during his presentation titled “Empowering 3 Billion.” He highlighted the ongoing need for ‘creative leadership’ from people with ‘righteous heart’ who ‘lead by example’ as essential to the empowerment of these three billion across the globe.
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Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 04:00pm
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 06:00pm
Early Roman Contacts With South Asia
Dr. S. Suresh, State Convener, INTACH, Tamil Nadu, India and Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, National Trust for HistoricPreservation and University of Maryland
Chair: Richard Meadow, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 06:30pm
Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 08:00pm
Are Indian Cities ‘Global’? Assessing Recent Research on State, Space and Citizenship
Gavin Shatkin, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning University of Michigan
Chair: Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Design
View the seminar on the GSD website, here.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 04:00pm
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 06:00pm
Saadia Toor, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York
Chair: Diane L. Moore, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Education and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Video of this seminar can be found here.
Co-sponsored with the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 04:00pm
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 06:00pm
Peace, Harmony & Development, the AAA Doctrine of Jainism
Shugan Jain, Director of International School of Jain Studies
Chair: Parimal Patil, Professor, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 05:30pm
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 06:00pm
Blasphemy: Religion, History and Law in Pakistan
Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
Shahab Ahmed, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Committee on the Study of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Osama Siddique, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Lahore University of Management Sciences and SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 06:00pm
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 07:30pm
Challenges in Implementing Sustainable Development Policy in Pakistan
Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, Pakistan’s Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs & Statistics
Adil Najam, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University
Asim Khwaja, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by SAI, The Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School, Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America, and Pakistani Association of Greater Boston
Pakistani challenges are often viewed to be security related; however, quite critical to country’s stability and development are the financial and economic challenges that it faces. Dr Hafeez Shaikh is engaged with the all aspects of Pakistan’s economic management, from allocation of donor flows, fiscal and macroeconomic policy as well as initiating the much needed reforms of the state sector. What is Dr Hafeez Shaikh’s analysis of Pakistan’s financial and economic challenges and what is his vision for a sustainable development policy?
Dr. Shaikh has over 25 years experience in policymaking, private sector and academia. His public sector record includes serving for three years the Federal Minister for Privatization and Investment. His tenure is regarded as the most successful in Pakistan’s history with 34 transactions worth $5 billion completed and annual Foreign Direct Investment increasing from $ 1 billion to $ 5 Billion. He has served as member of the Upper House, where he was member of Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on World Trade Organization. He had a highly successful tenure as Minister for Finance, Planning and Development in Sindh Province. He was the architect of the financial recovery of Sindh, restoring financial discipline, paying over $350 million of overdue bills, clearing the over draft of $185 million with the State Bankof Pakistan and increasing allocation for poverty alleviation. His private sector experience includes serving as a General Partner of a $1.38 Billion international investment company, headquartered in New York. He was the Country Head of the World Bank in Saudi Arabia and led assignments and advised more than 18 countries of Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa as a senior World Bank official. Some of these countries include Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Romania, Czech Republic, Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Tanzania and Ghana. Before joining the World Bank, he worked at Harvard University. Dr. Shaikh has a Ph.D in economics and has authored a book on Privatization in Argentina.
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 05:00pm
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 06:30pm
Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, Supreme Court of Pakistan
Osama Siddique, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School
Beena Sarwar, Senior Journalist, Jang Group Pakistan & Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance at HKS
Chair: Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School
Co-sponsored by SAI, Harvard Law School & the Harvard Pakistan Student Group
As Pakistan awakens from a decade-long military rule, the nation finds itself in the grasp of political turmoil, economic challenges, weak democratic institutions and the menace of terrorism. But while these factors pose a serious threat for the nascent democracy in Pakistan, there are signs of hope for the believers as a resurgent Supreme Court, with support from the legal fraternity, is leading the way towards constitutional adherence and rule of law in the country. However, several voices of ‘liberal’ dissent argue that so long as religion plays a predominant role in Pakistan’s legal paradigm, there shall be a recurrent disposition to interpret and apply the law as an instrument of extremist religious ideology, and in the process shackle the progressive and liberal growth of democracy.This event will provide a forum for leading experts from Pakistan’s judiciary and the legal fraternity to engage in a constructive debate about the current state of constitutionalism in the country, as well as the role that religion plays in Pakistani laws. Through this forum, we hope to facilitate dialogue that fosters a better understanding of challenges confronting Pakistan’s legal landscape and a discussion that generates ideas on the best way forward.
Constitutional Fidelity or Turf War? The Promise and Pitfalls of Judicial Activism in Pakistan from South Asia Initiative on Vimeo.
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:30pm
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 02:00pm