David Satter Discusses his recent book on Putin and Russian Politics

David Satter came to the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies to discuss his latest book, The Less You Know the Better You Sleep:  Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin.  Professor Satter discussed the questionable rise of power of Putin on the heels of several  bombings in Moscow that were attributed to Chechen terrorists.  However, Satter shared with the audience how these bombings had the fingerprints (almost literally) of Russia's own FSB all over them and suggested that the bombings were deliberate attempts to unify the Russians under Putin, who rose to power quickly thereafter.  It was a fascinating and timely discussison of Russia's past, present, and future.  


Ryu Koide (Government Analytics) Publishes Article on Policy Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production

The following is written by Ryu Koide, a policy researcher with Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan who is in the Government Analytics Program at Johns Hopkins University. The full text of his publication can be accessed here

The objectives of sustainable development cannot be realized solely by implementing policies from the environmental sector or an isolated effort by Environmental Ministries. Instead, they require policy integration between broader policy sectors ranging from industry, transportation, building, and agriculture as well as coordination between line ministries. Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) - a core element of sustainable development adopted as the goal 12 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is not an exception.

A journal paper published by Ryu Koide in the open access journal "Resources" examines the importance of policy integration in promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and investigates the progress of policy integration of SCP into national policies. The research provides an empirical analysis based on a questionnaire survey of more than 46 governments implemented by the secretariat of the United Nations' 10-year framework of programmes on SCP (United Nations Environment Programme). The paper suggests the necessity to promote policy integration of SCP objectives further with identifying the main clusters of integrated policy sectors and assessing the effect of national cross-cutting sustainability strategies on sectoral and organizational policy integration.


Adjunct Faculty David Satter's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

David Satter, who teaches a class --  Russian Politics, wrote this op-ed on Putin in the Wall Street Journal



Mario Makol, MA In Government Alum Participates in panel on CSPAN

Mario Makol discussed the crisis in South Sudan.  See CSPAN video here. 


Federal and Local Perspectives on Open Data

This morning's Government Analytics Breakfast forum welcomed Hyon Kim, Program Director at Data.gov and Rebbeca Williams, Senior Implementation Advisor at the Center for Government Excellence to discuss how the federal and state/local governments are promoting open data.

At the federal level, those in the Data.gov office have been working over the past few years to establish the site as a comprehensive and up-to-date catalog of all the datasets available from government agencies.  Agencies must now make their data machine-readable and provide complete metadata.  Data.gov is used by researchers across the public and private sectors to locate datasets for analysis to help solve meaningful problems.

City governments are likewise expanding their efforts to make data more available and of higher quality.  The What Works Cities initiative partners with mid-size cities to help them put best practices into place for data-driven decision making.  

As both federal and local public officials move forward to make government more open, transparent and accountable, policymakers will need to address the accompanying ethical and privacy issues.

A video of the recording can be viewed here.