Democracy and Governance
HKS faculty analyze Capitol assault and how to repair US democracy
The attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 laid bare the fragility of democratic norms in the United States. We asked Harvard Kennedy School faculty experts in democracy studies, international relations, history, media, and politics to offer their perspectives on last week’s insurrection. They share their views in a series of essays on the impact on the United States’ role in the world, the dangers of misinformation, the emboldening of white supremacist groups, and the failures of political leadership. Also, three Kennedy School faculty members spoke at an HKS community event earlier this week to take stock of what happened, what went wrong, and how the nation and the School should move forward. A related development was the decision by Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf regarding U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s role with the Institute of Politics.