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Interview with Former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos


On November 13, 2023, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Jane Petersen spoke with former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The conversation covered a range of topics including what other countries can learn from Colombia’s peace agreement, poverty alleviation efforts, and the fight against climate change.

International Relations and Security

Interview with U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Djerejian: U.S. Response to the Israel-Hamas War


On November 3, 2023, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Samriddhi Vij sat down with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Syria, Edward Djerejian, to discuss the Israel-Hamas war.

International Relations and Security

Interview with former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki


On November 29th, 2022, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Samriddhi Vij sat down with the former President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki to discuss democracy in the Arab world, with a special focus on civil movements and women’s rights.  Moncef Marzouki was the first democratically elected president of Tunisia after the January 14th Revolution in […]

Gender, Race and Identity

Aiding Afghans without Aiding Taliban


The goal should be to support the Afghan people, especially women, in their quest for dignity, freedom, independence, and human rights, while minimizing the risk of providing legitimacy and resources to the Taliban.

Human Rights

Medical Personnel Uninformed of Reproductive Law: How Bolivia’s Neglect for Abortion Rights is Endangering Pregnant Individuals


How difficult is it to get a legal abortion in Bolivia? Well, as shown by a recent ordeal an 11-year-old child had to go through, it took weeks of mass national protests, government intervention, and international media attention. In October 2021, an 11-year-old Bolivian girl, unnamed due to privacy concerns, became pregnant after repeatedly being […]


How Congress Should Regulate AI in the Short-term


AI presents a perfect regulatory storm. Like nuclear weapons, it can end humanity. Like bioweapons, non-state actors can develop and deploy the technology. Like social media, regulators and policymakers appear unwilling or unable to understand the seriousness of the short- and long-term risks posed by AI. This storm will not subside; AI development will continue […]

Science, Technology and Data

The Importance of Aggregate Climate Data for Global Climate Progress From Emerging Economies


Harmonized data lies at the heart of the climate agenda, but do we pay enough attention to the development of the figures that we see? Do we ever question how the figures are calculated? May there be elementary discrepancies compounding into a distorted representation of supposed facts? And could this all possibly contribute to sub-optimal […]

Environment and Energy

Special Interests’ Hold on State Courts: The Need for a Fourth Wave of Judicial Election Reform


History presents a clear lesson: when judicial independence and competence wanes, it’s time for meaningful reform.

Democracy and Governance

A House Built on Sand: The Future of Privacy in the US


Privacy and Policing When law professors or judges discuss a right to privacy, they mean something narrower: a Griswoldian right to privacy; it’s from the famous 1965 decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, where the Supreme Court found1 a right to privacy not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. Along with the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona and […]

Science, Technology and Data

Latin American Cities in the Age of AI: Navigating the Technological Revolution


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming cities. It is redefining how governments plan, manage, and police them. It is also reshaping the circumstances under which citizens work, move, and engage in civic life. The long-term impacts of AI in urban environments are still uncertain. However, transformations will likely be profound and enduring as these technologies advance […]

Cities and Communities

The Future of Food in Latin America: Embracing Insect Protein


Food systems play a crucial role in ensuring global food security and good nutrition. However, traditional protein sources such as beef, fish, and plant-based proteins require significant amounts of natural resources – particularly land and water – and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 26% of global emissions. As a major food […]


Bridging the Information Gap: AI, Misinformation, and Global Education Reform


“For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving AI, we would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in exploring and developing human consciousness.” —Yuval Noah Harari1 In June 2020, the veritable explosion of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted more than 130 countries to issue a statement on the burgeoning […]

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