Rugby Player Profile

POSITION: Inside Center. It allows me to run at people that are hopefully slower than me. HOMETOWN: Philadelphia. I’m actually one of the meat carcasses that Rocky punches in the meat cooler in the movie. WHERE DID YOU PLAY RUGBY BEFORE HBS? I used to play touch rugby for the Marines in the sands of… Continue reading Rugby Player Profile

2008 – Retrospective – Breaking Down Barriers

To celebrate the New Year in Italy, it is tradition to throw old things out of one’s window. This is practiced perhaps more literally than foreigners might suspect – it behooves passersby to heed falling objects. We in the United States could do worse than to adopt this strategy, at least in the figurative sense.… Continue reading 2008 – Retrospective – Breaking Down Barriers

Republican vs. Democrat–The Armed Forces Perspective

Republican Andrew Kletzing (NC), Contributing Writer On Nov. 4, military servicemen/women and veterans will cast their vote for President and most will probably do so for Republican John McCain. Much of this can be attributed to demographics; the majority of those who choose to serve are already predisposed to voting for Republicans. However, many military… Continue reading Republican vs. Democrat–The Armed Forces Perspective

Accepting the Torch on January 20th

On January 20th, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy proclaimed in his inaugural speech that “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage.” It was a humble declaration that his generation would take on the challenge… Continue reading Accepting the Torch on January 20th

Saving Capitalism from Itself

Larry Summers’ keynote at the centennial business summit argues that business leaders must change their thinking to consider the threats against capitalism. The final plenary session of the Centennial Business Summit surfaced ideas that many of the participants were thinking throughout the conference: How will the form of capitalism we all know and love transform… Continue reading Saving Capitalism from Itself

Student Perspective Maura Sullivan (NI)

President Faust, Dean Light, Deans from across Harvard University, Distinguished Faculty, Administration and Staff, Celebrated Alumni, welcomed guests, and fellow students, it is an honor to be speaking to you today on this exciting occasion of the Centennial Celebration of the founding of Harvard Business School. My name is Maura Sullivan and I am a… Continue reading Student Perspective Maura Sullivan (NI)

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis Visits HBS

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis (HLS ’60) spoke at HBS on December 11 at the invitation of the HBS Democrats Club. Dukakis’ speech focused on the importance of grassroots, precinct-based political campaigning. In fact, he attributed the success of his campaigns to successful recruitment of precinct captains and block captains to coordinate local campaign activities.… Continue reading Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis Visits HBS

Operation Appreciation

He may be able to grab a number of magazines and books in the COOP these days, but during Christmas of 2001 Nate Fick (OH) was in the mountains of Afghanistan with little for entertainment. “I will never forget how good it felt to get care packages,” the former U.S. Marine Capt. said. “Reading materials… Continue reading Operation Appreciation

Goddess Worship

The world was enraged when artifacts from our cradle of civilization were destroyed and stolen during the invasion of the Iraqi National Museum in April 2003. Among these artifacts was one of the museum world’s most precious, the Warka Vase, dating back to 3,000 B.C. The ancient carvings on the Warka Vase depicted the religious… Continue reading Goddess Worship

Harvard Military Veterans Honored at the Kennedy School

Veterans share stories of war and military life. Throughout our campus we are surrounded by quiet heroes. Some have helped a family member or friend through a difficult time, others have worked for non-profits to bring aid to the needy, and others have served our country and put their lives at risk. To honor the… Continue reading Harvard Military Veterans Honored at the Kennedy School

The Great Paradox of Presidential Power

Last week, my section’s EC Viewpoints discussion on “America’s role in the world” quickly and predictably segued into a discussion on American foreign policy. Tensions rose and tempers flared, but the discussion remained respectful and constructive. As the discussion closed, we brainstormed ideas on how business leaders can affect geopolitical events and how America might… Continue reading The Great Paradox of Presidential Power

Ringing in 2007

2007 dawned amidst through a fog of uncertainty and uneasiness around the world. The run up to the New Year was dogged by news of the expedited execution of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, and news of the 3000th American military fatality since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Despite the relief in some… Continue reading Ringing in 2007

Five Thoughts for a Glorious Autumn

With two rogue nations loudly proclaiming their development of nuclear technology, an extremely tenuous Middle East situation capable of erupting into renewed hostilities, African nations powerless to stem insurgent unrest, and Iraq teetering on the brink of civil war, perhaps the moment is ripe for a step back in reflection as we enter this fall… Continue reading Five Thoughts for a Glorious Autumn

Student Poll – Terrorism

Topic:US Campaign Against Terrorism Query:Do you approve or disapprove of the US campaign against terrorism? 46.8% Approve46.8% Disapprove6.4% Neither Number of Poll Respondents: 62 Student Comments:“The US campaign against terrorism has accomplished the opposite of its intended goal. The Middle East and Central Asia is more unstable than before and the world is unsafe for… Continue reading Student Poll – Terrorism

Noam Chomsky Discusses U.S. Relations with Israel

Four hundred people packed into Spangler Auditorium last week to hear the legendary left-wing intellectual, Noam Chomksy. Another 200 had to be turned away and there was a large number of protestors and supporters outside the hall. The HBS Business, Industry and Government Club hosted Professor Chomsky, who has been a professor of Linguistics at… Continue reading Noam Chomsky Discusses U.S. Relations with Israel

A Year of Absence: Six Stories of Courage, Hope, and Love

In April 2003, Jon Redmond (OE) set off for Iraq with the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division. While Jon attempted to establish order in his unruly sector of Baghdad, his wife, Jessica Redmond, began researching the other side of war: life on the homefront. Her book about the struggles of military spouses while their loved… Continue reading A Year of Absence: Six Stories of Courage, Hope, and Love

Shimon Peres on Peace

Having spent the last six decades negotiating for peace in the Middle East, 1994 Nobel Prize winner Shimon Peres, an HBS AMP alum, was on hand to impart his learned wisdom to Harvard students at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on October 20th. In his remarks, Peres covered a range of issues including… Continue reading Shimon Peres on Peace

Bridging The Chasm: A Reconciliation of Civilizations

Turkey’s impending accession to the EU has the power to bridge the chasm between Islam & Christianity and bring hope to millions in the Islamic world. In this column, we take a look at the conditions attached to the accession, the conflicting views held by vested interests, recent developments on this issue and most importantly,… Continue reading Bridging The Chasm: A Reconciliation of Civilizations

Musings From Columbus

I stepped off a cramped regional jet onto the tarmac – it seemed like the hundredth such time – and quickly transformed into my Ohio persona. Ah, Columbus. Jokingly known in my family as Cowtown, the city again greeted Buckeye football season with a euphoria indescribable to those indifferent to Big Ten football. Don’t get… Continue reading Musings From Columbus

"Your Government Failed You"

“Your government failed you…and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn’t matter because we failed.” These were the words spoken by Richard Clarke, the deposed White House terrorism “czar,” appearing before the 9/11 commission to investigate the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Taken at face value, Clarke’s admission appears… Continue reading "Your Government Failed You"

Bush Losing Stronghold on College Campuses: Kerry Favored 48-38

A new national poll by the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University finds that Democrat John Kerry holds a 10-point lead (48 versus 38 points) over President Bush among America’s college students, though Kerry’s support is soft. Support for Senator Kerry seems to reflect growing dissatisfaction with the war in… Continue reading Bush Losing Stronghold on College Campuses: Kerry Favored 48-38

Dr. David Kay, Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq: "We Got It Very Wrong."

The most destructive element of a totalitarian regime goes far beyond the tragic deaths of an untold number of people; it is the constant perpetuation of fear, for this destroys any willingness for a state’s people to cooperate or exhibit trust, resulting in the most depraved level of corruption. This downward spiral was evident in… Continue reading Dr. David Kay, Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq: "We Got It Very Wrong."

State of the Union: Perspectives

“The President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” – Article II, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution o On Tuesday, Jan 20th, President George W. Bush (OC) was welcomed in Congress with a round… Continue reading State of the Union: Perspectives

Live From KSG – Presidential Candidate Howard Dean Draws Crowds to MSNBC's Hardball

The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) was buzzing with excitement on Monday December 1, as the largest crowd yet gathered to view the live taping of the next installment of Hardball: Battle for the White House, with Vermont Governor Howard Dean and host Chris Matthews. The series, shown live on MSNBC Monday nights, gives students… Continue reading Live From KSG – Presidential Candidate Howard Dean Draws Crowds to MSNBC's Hardball

Leadership Lessons from the White House:

Disproving the notion that HBS is indifferent to politics, a crowd of over 170 students recently gathered to hear Kenneth Mehlman, manager of the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign, share his thoughts on presidential leadership and the 2004 election. Mr. Mehlman, a graduate of the Harvard Law School, served as the National Field Director for the Bush-Cheney… Continue reading Leadership Lessons from the White House: