The Future of Diplomacy Project (FDP) is proud to showcase the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), or capstone projects, of several Master in Public Policy students from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Through FDP's Student Showcase Competition 2020, four presentations were selected to be featured in the showcase. Each presentation lasts 15 minutes and is followed by a 5-minute audience Q&A. FDP will moderate the showcase schedule and transitions. RSVP is required.


Congratulations to the competition winners who will present their projects at FDP's Student Showcase:

Erin Gregor (MPP 2020), Sakina Haider (MPP 2020), Grace Pringle (MPP 2020), and Erin Sielaff (MPP 2020), Implementing the Global Fragility Act

  • Client: Mercy Corps
  • The Global Fragility Act, passed in December 2019, commits the Department of State, USAID, and Department of Defense to create conflict prevention and stabilization strategies for at least five fragile countries or regions. This PAE unpacks the concept of fragility, proposes a country and region selection approach, analyzes the case studies on Ethiopia and Guatemala, and highlights ten recommendations for the Act’s implementation.

Liya Rechtman (MPP 2020), Recommendations for Building on State Strengths to Achieve California's Climate Goals through International Partnerships

  • Client: California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
  • California is the world's fifth-largest economy and leads in emissions reductions. First, I evaluate options for engaging as a subnational government with the UN after the U.S. has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement. Second, I consolidate knowledge and best practices on bilateral agreements to help inform decisions on the state's 50 current and any future partnerships. Third, this report examines the state's multilateral alliances.

Sam Sherman (MPP 2020), Artificial Intelligence and National Security

  • Client: United Kingdom Government (Cabinet Office)
  • How should governments use AI to respond to priority national security and foreign policy tasks over the next decade? Looking beyond the technology itself, what policies are necessary to ensure AI applications are implemented safely and effectively? This PAE explores both questions. In other words: (1) what do we want to get to, and (2) how do we get there?

Chu Wang (MPP 2020), Beyond Diversity Representation in Global Affairs Canada

  • Client: Global Affairs Canada (Canada's federal department for global affairs)
  • Canada is a nation built on diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of Canada's identity. This project aims to answer: 1) What is diversity and inclusion (D&I) and why does it matter in Canada's foreign policy design and implementation; 2) What does D&I look like for LGBTQ2+ staff and Indigenous staff at Global Affairs Canada; and 3) How can Global Affairs Canada enhance D&I for these staff?

If you have any questions, please reach out to Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project.