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A Strong Handoff in U.S.-India Relations

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Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 10:30am

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Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 11:45am

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Webinar

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Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Kenneth I. Juster, former U.S. Ambassador to India and HKS alumnus, about the U.S.-India relationship.

Ambassador Juster will discuss major achievements in the U.S.-India partnership in the areas of diplomacy, defense, economic relations, energy, and health over the past four years as well as issues on the horizon such as the rise of China and trade policy. Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, Doug Elmendorf, will introduce Ambassador Juster, and Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.

Please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Visit the Future of Diplomacy Project website for full event details. 


Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India

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Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 04:00pm

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Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 05:00pm

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Webinar

Registration required for this event: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ANpdh_VUTvKvpvWk4AbGGA

Speaker: Andrew B. Liu, Assistant Professor of History, Villanova University

Tea remains the world’s most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, Andrew B. Liu challenges past economic histories premised on the technical “divergence” between the West and the Rest, arguing instead that seemingly traditional technologies and practices were central to modern capital accumulation across Asia. He shows how competitive pressures compelled Chinese merchants to adopt abstract industrial conceptions of time, while colonial planters in India pushed for labor indenture laws to support factory-style tea plantations. Characterizations of China and India as premodern backwaters, he explains, were themselves the historical result of new notions of political economy adopted by Chinese and Indian nationalists, who discovered that these abstract ideas corresponded to concrete social changes in their local surroundings. Together, these stories point toward a more flexible and globally oriented conceptualization of the history of capitalism in China and India.

Andrew B. Liu is assistant professor of history at Villanova University, where his research focuses on China, transnational Asia, political economy, and comparative history.

This event is hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and co-sponsored by The Mittal Institute and The Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard University.


Representation from Below: How Women Mobilize in India’s Weak Party System

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Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 11:00am

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Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 12:30pm

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Webinar

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Tanushree Goyal is a fourth and final year PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Goyal is also an academy scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University. Starting in Fall 2022, she will join Princeton University as an Assistant Professor in Politics and International Affairs. Her research interests lie at the intersections of comparative politics, gender, and development with a regional focus in South Asia. Goyal’s dissertation uses natural, survey, and quasi-experiments to examine important questions in the field of representation and accountability and is set in the context of the World’s largest democracy: India. It shows how female politicians affect change by influencing intra-party politics in the context of India’s urban cities. Female politicians incorporate women as intermediaries and establish cross-electoral level networks to influence political campaigns and party decisions. This “representation from below” fundamentally alters party politics and democracy for good.


Policing and Gendered Cases in India

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Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 11:00am

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Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 12:30pm

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Webinar

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Nirvikar Jassal is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. His research focuses on gender, sexual violence, ethnic conflict and hate crime, and policing with a regional focus on South Asia. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Asian Survey and Journal of Asian Studies. He completed his PhD from the University of California—Berkeley in 2020, and previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and New York City government.


Capacity Beyond Coercion: Regulatory Pragmatism and Compliance Along the India-Nepal Border

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Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:00am

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Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:30pm

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Webinar

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Susan L. Ostermann is Assistant Professor of Global Affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. She completed her Ph.D. in the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and worked for several years as a practicing litigator, focusing on class actions and intellectual property disputes.

Employing both quantitative and qualitative methodology, Ostermann seeks to understand why we sometimes see compliance with regulations in very unlikely places: those in which the state is weak and actors, be they individuals or organizations, have strong incentives to break the law. Her dissertation develops the concept of regulatory pragmatism to explain variation in strategies used by both the Nepali and Indian states to secure compliance with conservation, education and child labor regulations under challenging conditions.

While Professor Ostermann’s research focuses mainly on regulatory compliance in South Asia, she is broadly interested in understanding norms and how they change. Towards this end, she has published papers on inter-caste marriage and the role of skin color in Indian politics. Her current projects are designed to explore the historical roots of conservatism in Indian political thought, the development and expansion of the Indian Election Commission, and variation in sex-ratios throughout the subcontinent. She has also published work on the Indian bureaucracy, state capacity in South Asia, and the 2014 Indian general election.

Ostermann’s work has been published in Asian Survey, Studies in Comparative International Development, the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Studies in Indian Politics and Law & Policy.


Weapons of the Weak: The Violent Consequences of Biased Technological Change

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Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 11:00am

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Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 12:30pm

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Webinar

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Aditya Dasgupta is assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. He completed his PhD at Harvard University and was previously a postdoc at Stanford University.

Dasgupta’s research is in comparative politics, political economy, and political-economic history/development. He works in three areas: (i) the political economy of democratization; (ii) the role of technological change in political development; (iii) the development of state capacity. Much of his work is on rural India, including his book project on the political consequences of the green revolution. Dasgupta is also building a lab on the political economy of agriculture and rural societies (PEARS).

His articles appear in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Economic History, and International Organization and have received awards from the APSA Democracy and Autocracy and Science, Technology and Environmental Politics sections.


Business, Voters, and Distributive Politics in Developing Democracies

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Fri, Dec 4, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Dec 4, 2020

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Webinar

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Gautam Nair, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will explore the impact of business on developing democracies and inequality.

Gautam Nair is a a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is a faculty affiliate of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for International Development. His research is in comparative and international political economy, and focuses primarily on the politics of democracy and redistribution. He has been published in The Journal of Politics and International Organization. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Leitner Political Economy Program at Yale.

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

More Info: http://southasianpolitics.net/


Discrimination and Defiant Pride: How the Demand for Dignity Creates Slack for Poor Governance

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Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 01:30pm

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Webinar

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Incoming Assistant Professor of Government Mashail Malik will discuss how social identities shape and are shaped by political life.

Mashail Malik studies how social identities – such as ethnicity and class – both shape and are shaped by political life. Currently a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow, and a Dissertation Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford University, Malik, will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University in fall 2021. Her dissertation project is centered on the politics of ethnicity in Karachi – Pakistan’s largest megacity. Her research agenda further includes topics on political violence, state repression, civil-military relations, and the intersection of identity and economic conflict.

Discussant: Steven Rosenzweig, Boston University

This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

More Info: http://southasianpolitics.net/


Extreme Urbanism: A View on Afghanistan, Session 1

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Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 10:30am

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Sat, Sep 12, 2020 at 11:45am

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Webinar

Session 1: Planning for Urban Afghanistan

This event belongs to a 3-part series. Information on the remaining two events in this series is soon to come.

Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/92465196034
Join via YouTube: https://youtu.be/HyDPSfZyGQQ

Until recently, Afghanistan was omnipresent in global news for the past two decades for all of the wrong reasons. As part of the Option studio, Extreme Urbanism VII: Imagining an Urban Future for Ishkashim, offered at the Harvard GSD in the fall of 2020, this workshop/lecture series aims to propose to interested audiences the opportunity to get an updated, informed view on the country.

Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, this cycle of talks aims to create a platform where varied topics ranging from vernacular architecture and building traditions to infrastructure and cultural specificities are discussed in conjunction with issues related to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. The speakers will include academics from Harvard University and Kabul University, in addition to global experts, and practitioners working in or on Afghanistan.

Chair
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Speakers
  • Onno Rühl, General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
  • Dennis Pieprz, Principal, Sasaki Research
  • Victor Eskinazi, Senior Associate, Urban Designer, Sasaki Research
  • Alykhan Mohamed, Associate, Planner, Sasaki Research
  • Thomas Nideorest, Professional Staff, Landscape Designer, Sasaki Research
  • Einat Rosenkrantz, Senior Associate, Urban Designer, Sasaki Research

This series is organized by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.


Rediscovering Partition from New Perspectives

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Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 10:00am

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Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 11:30am

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Webinar

Partition Webinar Poster
10:00 AM EDT  |  3:00 PM BST  |  7:00 PM PKT  |  7:30 PM IST
Join via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/95706117879

The impact of the 1947 Partition still ripples throughout South Asia, 73 years later. However, our knowledge of this historic event is constantly being reevaluated by academics and researchers who have continued to illuminate the details of what occurred. This panel will explore how new research efforts help us understand the full depth of the history and legacy of Partition.

Moderator

  • Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Speakers

  • Ian Talbot, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies, University of Southampton
  • Yaqoob Bangash, Assistant Professor, Information Technology University, Lahore

Registration not required. This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Club of India and the Harvard Club of Pakistan.


Webinar: Entrepreneurs and the COVID-19 Global Reset in South Asia

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Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 09:00am

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Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 10:30am

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:00–10:30 AM EST // 6:00–7:30 PM PKT // 6:30–8:00 PM IST // 7:00–8:30 PM BST

Venue: Virtual via Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/95880357744

This event will also be streamed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NhcBsgX5C0M

Panelists

  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Mittal Institute
  • Rajeeb Samdani, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation; Managing Director, Golden Harvest Group
  • Osman Khalid Waheed, CEO, Ferozsons Laboratories Limited; Founder and Chair, Lahore Biennale Foundation

Enterprises have found themselves caught in the COVID-19 maelstrom across South Asia. This webinar will explore the extent to which entrepreneurs have been able to work with both the state and civil society to limit the damage and distress caused by the pandemic, but also to begin exploring new opportunities that a possible “global reset” has opened up to the developing world. 


Citizenship in Crisis: The Anti-CAA Protests and the Future of India

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Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 05:00pm

END
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The panelists will discuss India’s recent legislation on citizenship and what it means for the nation’s future.

This event is hosted by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Mittal Institute.

Speakers:

  • Suraj Yengde, Dalit scholar, activist, and postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Esha Meher, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India
  • Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy, Sophomore, Harvard College

Moderator:

  • Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University