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Aleppo and Mosul: What’s next?


JMEPP speaks with Gregory Aftandilian on the devastating battles for Aleppo and Mosul -and what’s next for Syria and Iraq.

Human Rights

Jawaharlal Nehru: Architect of an Inclusive India


Photo Credit: Archives – The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library By Vinay Nagaraju, MC/MPA and Mason Fellow 2017 For Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s march to freedom in August 1947 was also the beginning of a march out of Gandhi’s shadows. Gandhi was bitterly opposed to the two-nation theory and the “Mountbatten Plan” that accomplished the geographic partition […]

U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Are Not Coming Back


BY HAIYANG ZHANG A group of textile artisans protested against the newly developed labor-replacing machinery. They were afraid that the many years they spent mastering the skills would go to waste and that the machines would eventually rob them of their jobs. The violence broke out when people started smashing the knitting machines, and eventually […]

An African Bias at the ICC? A Discussion in Two Parts


The International Criminal Court (ICC) has long been under fire for almost exclusively selecting and prosecuting cases on the African continent. Critics of the only permanent criminal tribunal of its kind have pointed to atrocities committed in Iraq, Argentina, or Ukraine as evidence that the ICC is not so much an impartial body, holding governments […]

APJ Discussion: For Africa, the ICC is Not the Only Way Forward


This post was written by Khadijah A. Robinson (J.D. 2015, Harvard Law School) The average person can turn on the nightly news any day and see stories of terrifying acts—and clear crimes—ranging from the bombing of children in Syria to the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka. But if one were to refer only to […]


APJ Discussion: Behind the International Criminal Court’s Alleged ‘African Bias’


This post was written by Francisco José Quintana (LLM Candidate, Harvard Law School) The withdrawal of Burundi, Gambia and South Africa from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has reignited an old discussion: whether the Court unfairly targets African states and citizens for prosecutions. The ‘African bias’ critique adopts different forms, ranging from neo-colonialist (“the Court […]

The Email Crisis at HKS: Are We Winning the Daily Battle Against Our Inbox?


Photo Credit: TheNextWeb.com By Ivan Rahman, MPA/MBA Stanford, 2019 Overwhelmed by homework this past week, I gave up on the battle to conquer my inbox. Having ignored my inbox for two days, it soared to 84 emails. Of those 84, one was from a professor. Unfortunately, he had given us a new assignment and asked […]

Closing the Borders Won’t Help Fight Terrorism


BY ANA DIAMOND Syrians, not too long ago, were a nation known for their rich cultural heritage, commerce, and diversity. Their country was home to one of the world’s ancient civilizations, and even in the 20th century it was frequently featured as an exotic tourist destination. Today, only the remains of many historic cities and […]

The Crime of Modern Day Slavery on the High Seas


(Picture Credit: New York Times) By Andrew Elliott Cha The Tariff Act of 1930 in the United States precludes the purchase of goods made from forced labor. One would expect that this piece of legislation not only comports with American values, but also incentivizes producers to comply with international norms regarding labor practices. Nothing could […]

Am I Harvard?


By Anonymous As I am sitting here in the Harvard Kennedy School Forum looking at the new banners hanging around me announcing “You are HKS… You belong… We are all Harvard,” the first thought that runs through my head is, “I am not HKS… I do not belong here… We are not all Harvard.” I […]

Congratulations to Harvard Hult Prize Team


By Natalie Kostich, MC/MPA 2017 Marta Milkowska, Alex Choi and Laura Oller—current MPA/MBA dual-degree students—have made us very proud.  They were one of 19 teams to compete in the preliminary round of the Hult Prize competition at Harvard in December.  They designed a unique and important project called Dignify to link refugees to microwork opportunities […]

StudyBuddy – The next big app on campus that will solve all your study problems


By Howard Cohen, MPP 2018, CEO & Co-Founder of StudyBuddy The background story My childhood friend, Nathaniel Blumer, and I were in the library one day, struggling with assignments and had no way of knowing who else was working on the same class at the same time nearby. We sought to develop a mobile app […]

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