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Tandem classroom-online course
aims to create international network of 'builders'

By B. Rose Huber, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs · Posted April 30, 2015; 12:00 p.m.

This spring, Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world.

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Reforming Indonesia's Post Suharto Military

In 1998, the resignation of Indonesian president Suharto opened the door for widespread change. Suharto's three-decade long authoritarian regime had woven the military deeply into the fabric of public affairs. A small group of military leaders saw an opportunity to forge new institutional relationships better suited to an emerging democratic era. Their internal efforts set the stage for additional civilian-led reforms. ProPatria, a local non-governmental organization, coordinated policy development and advocacy, eventually winning legislative support. Two new ISS  case studies highlight these military-led and civilian-led efforts.


New Online Course Enrolls 2,000

This spring, ISS launched its first massive open online course (MOOC), entitled Making Government Work in Hard Places. Led by Professor Jennifer Widner, the free 8-week course engaged more than 2,000 aspiring reformers from around the world.

Working in teams or on their own, students explored solutions to common governance challenges, watched video lectures, discussed ISS case studies, and contributed ideas and insights. Although the course wraps up this month, Princeton will offer it again in Fall 2015.


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ISS: Improving Government 
Accountability and Leading Reform

Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) helps public servants, policy makers, and scholars share institution-building strategies that work in especially challenging contexts. ISS has published nearly 150 case studies and more than 380 interviews, all of which are available free online. These materials describe reform efforts in more than 60 countries, attracting more than 40,000 visits to the program's website from people in 195 countries last year. ISS is a joint program of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.



Featured Interview

Juwono Sudarsono, Indonesia's minister of defense from 2004 to 2009, reflects on his efforts to neutralize the political role of the military and its dominance of the Indonesian government. Under his leadership, the military scrutinized the defense acquisition process in an effort to reduce corruption and relinquished control of the police force.



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