The NSHR Program will not be accepting Fellows for 2009/2010.
Applicants interested in the Carr Center
should apply through the regular Fellowship process.
National Security and Human Rights Program Fellowship 2008/2009
The National Security and Human Rights Program examines national security issues through the prism of human rights, weaving humanitarian concerns into the fabric of traditional security studies. Through research, publications, and dialogue among practitioners and academics, the Program aims to shape national and international security and human rights policies and the promotion of organizational learning and change.
The Program addresses issues ranging from the effect of war on foreign civilians to the impact of security measures upon American citizens; from civil-military relations at the highest levels in Washington to the lowest levels in the field; and from the role of military ethics, leadership, training, doctrine, and capabilities in upholding human rights norms and laws to national and international judicial redress for abuses committed during armed conflict. The Program also examines human rights as justification and outcome of national and international interventions (using both military and non-military tools) and the role of human rights in post-war reconstruction efforts.
The NSHR Program comprises several initiatives. The Project on the Means of Intervention lies at the core of the Program's activities. Through an ongoing dialogue between the military and human rights community, the Project considers how humanitarian considerations are factored into the conduct of war. Having completed a several-year effort focused principally on U.S. airpower, the Project recently began a new phase devoted to counterinsurgency operations and institutional learning. The NSHR Program also hosts and co-sponsors workshops, seminars, training sessions and other exchanges with interested military and civilians. The Program publishes working papers and sponsors research related to programmatic activities. The Program helps develop the capacity of human rights organizations to constructively engage military actors, and helps integrate humanitarian perspectives into military activities.
The Carr Center is led by Director Sarah Sewall. During the Clinton Administration, Sewall served in the Department of Defense as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. From 1987-1993, she served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, delegate to the Senate Arms Control Observer Group, and on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Sewall has also worked at a variety of defense research organizations and as Associate Director of the Committee on International Security Studies at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was lead editor of The United States and the International Criminal Court: National Security and International Law (2000) and has written widely on U.S. foreign policy, multilateralism, peace operations, and military intervention. Her current research focuses on the civilian in war and includes facilitating a dialogue between the military and human rights communities on the use of force.
The NSHR fellowship enables distinguished military personnel to pursue substantive research projects, participate in seminars and workshops related to their specialty, and enhance their professional credentials. Fellows will be expected to be in residence at the Center throughout the fellowship period, and have no other significant professional commitments during this time. Over the course of the fellowship period, each fellow will be expected to complete a research project and produce a significant piece of written work. Fellows are expected to be active participants in a fellows colloquium program, providing feedback to colleagues on their research-in-progress. Fellows may also be asked to serve as guest lecturers in classes, give presentations, and attend Center events. In addition, the Fellowship Program Director may arrange for participation in other collaborative activities.
Fellows will spend one term to one year at the Carr Center located in Cambridge, MA at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The Fellowship is non-stipendiary and start / end dates are negotiable. Applicants must have a military and / or national security background and should submit a cover letter describing their research goals, a C.V., two names of contactable references, and a brief (no more than 5 page) writing sample. Applications should be sent to Tyler Moselle at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be received no later than April 30, 2008.