2011 News Archive

Presidential Seal December 30: White House Press Release, President Barack Obama issues a presidential proclamation declaring this January 'National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2012.'
Tim McCarthy at the microphone December 29: The National Post, Timothy McCarthy, director of the Carr Center's Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights Program, comments on how the wave of political protests across the Arab world has reignited activist passions here at home perhaps not seen since the 1960's.
Gender & Security Seminar Series December 20: Council on Foreign Relations blog, Micah Zeniko, columnnist for the Council on Foreign Relations, comments on the White House's release of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security.
UN Seal December 19: hrea.org, UN General Assembly adopts Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. The adoption of this new Declaration offers educators and policy makers an occasion to reassess national policies and priorities in the light of international standards.
Gender & Security Seminar Series December 12: Politico 44, Politico discusses the executive order laying out new U.S. policy on women, peace and security.
Felisa Tibbitts December 11: Doha, Qatar: Felisa Tibbitts, Carr Center Fellow, presented during the Opening Session of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum "How does cultural diversity matter to development." Her four-minute presentation begins 50 minutes into the UN webcast.

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Harvard Kennedy School December 8: Course Addressing Human Trafficking Added to Kennedy School Curriculum: Co-taught by Siddharth Kara, fellow with the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and Center Executive Director Charlie Clements, this a six week module, IGA-351M, will examine various typologies of human trafficking and provide foundational knowledge as well as an understanding of its relationship to the global economy.

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The MARO Project December 5: News Release, US Senator Christopher Coons, A bipartisan group of 29 senators expressed support in a letter to President Obama for developing the necessary tools for successful mass atrocity prevention and response and also welcomed the Administrations PSD-10 issued in August 2011. Senator Chris Coons and Senator Susan Collins led this effort by the Senate.
The Satellite Sentinel Project December 4: Time Magazine, Evidence provided by Satellite Sentinel's is being used by the International Criminal Court to build a case against an alleged war criminal.

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Lisa Balk King December 3: Indian Country, Carr Center Fellow Lisa Balk King notes how little attention was paid to an official U.S. government apology to Native Americans in "A Tree Fell in the Forest: The U.S. Apologized to Native Americans and No One Heard a sound."
Felisa Tibbitts December 3: Security & Human Rights, The Security and Human Rights weblog of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee features a contribution by Carr Center Fellow Felisa Tibbitts on the recent OSCE/ODIHR Supplementary Human Dimensions meeting to tackle racism and xenophobia in Europe.
Gender & Security Seminar Series November 28: Center for Strategic and International Studies, US Civil Society Working Group issues Expert Statement on the US National Action Plan. In this Experts' Statement, the U.S. Civil Society Working Group provides a brief overview of UNSCR 1325, highlights key recommendations for making the U.S. NAP effective, and clarifies misconceptions about women, peace and security.
Trafficking Program Icon November 21: Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, signed into law the Commonwealth's first anti-human trafficking bill, Bill H.3808, "An Act relative to the commercial exploitation of people."
Felisa Tibbitts November 20: Felisa Tibbitts, Carr Center Fellow, co-moderated the workshop "Empowering children through learning: democratic citizenship and human rights education" at the Council of Europe conference on the 2012-2015 Strategy for the Rights of the Child, which took place in Monaco 20-21 November.
Felisa Tibbitts November 14: Felisa Tibbitts, Carr Center Fellow, moderated the session on "Education for Tolerance and Mutual Respect and Understanding" at the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Prevention of Racism, Xenophobia and Hate Crimes through Educational and Awareness-Raising Activities, which took place in Vienna on November 10-11.
The Satellite Sentinel Project November 11: CNN, Carr Center Executive Director Charlie Clements comments on the significance of recent observations by the Satellite Sentinel Project suggesting that Sudan may be enhancing its airstrike capabilities along its border with South Sudan.

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The MARO Project November 8: The MARO Project co-hosted a groundbreaking two-day conference with US European Command and US Africa Command on Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.
Right to Water Program November 7: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program held a joint event with the Gender and Security Seminar Series at the Carr Center entitled "Water and Sanitation for Women's Security." Carr Center Fellows Sharmila Murthy and Mark Williams explained how lack of access to clean, safe and affordable water and sanitation services disproportionately affects women and girls. Each day, women and girls collectively spend more than 200 million hours on transporting water, which reduces their opportunities for education and economic advancement. Lack of access to sanitation and hygiene services at schools is a further hurdle that discourages girls from attending school. In addition, women and girls are vulnerable to physical or sexual attacks while traveling long distances to collect water or when relieving themselves when sanitation facilities are not available. This session examined how the newly recognized human rights to water and sanitation can be used as a tool to address these gender inequities.
Sahana Dharmapuri November 5: Carr Center Fellow Sahana Dharmapuri and Veronica Isala Eragu Bichetero, Senior Fellow at United States Insitute for Peace and Ugandan Peace Negotiator, sponsored the session "Bringing Women to the Peace Table: Human Rights and Peace Processes" at this year's Harvard Leadership Conference, "Collaborating for Change."
Siddharth Kara October 30: The Star (Malaysia), Carr Center fellow Siddharth Kara is interviewed by Malaysia's main newspaper as part of his State Department-sponsored trip to the region to discuss human trafficking.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone October 25: The Huffington Post, Timothy McCarthy, director of the Center's Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights project, interviewed by Kennedy School alumnus Matt Bieber, talks about Obama, the GOP, and life as a second-class citizen.
Sharmila Murthy October 25: The Harvard Gazette, Carr Center Fellow Sharmila Murthy and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program are prominently featured in an article exploring the many ways people all around Harvard are working to make the most of water.
Catarina de Albuquerque October 24: The Carr Center's Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program convened a highly successful meeting with Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation and a select group of scholars and practitioners, which explored research ideas for fostering the progressive realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. Video Available

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Right to Water Program October 18: The Carr Center hosted a study group with Daniele Lantagne and Sharmila Murthy to explore the relationship between the human rights to water and sanitation and MDG Target 7c, which seeks to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation.” The session first explored critiques of the current indicators from a human rights perspective. It then used a case study on water quality measuring tools to highlight the challenges of developing better indicators. In the last part of the session, the study group participants were provided with copies of sample surveys used by the Joint Monitoring Program (i.e. MICS and DHS) and asked to propose new indicators that would encompass human rights norms, but also be practically feasible to implement.
Siddharth Kara October 16: TODAY (Singapore), Carr Center fellow and human trafficking expert Siddharth Kara sits down with TODAY, Singapore's largest newspaper, to discuss his most recent work in an interview which took place at the U.S. embassy in Singapore.
Siddharth Kara October 13: Siddharth Kara, fellow with the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, gives the keynote address at Duke University's Franklin Institute conference on human trafficking, "Human Traffic: Past and Present."
Michael Semple October 10: ForeignPolicy, Carr Center fellow Michael Semple discusses the significance of the recent capture of Mali Khan. More than just a trophy, Khan really has been one of the lynchpins of the Haqqani Network, and his capture will pose a whole series of challenges for those who lead and cooperate with them.
Sahana Dharmapuri October 5: The Harvard Gazette, Carr Center fellow Sahana Dharmapuri, leader of the Center's Gender and Security seminar series, moderates a Forum event at which Elizabeth Medina, Helen Benedict, and Abby Disney discuss the new PBS series "Women, War, and Peace."
Tim McCarthy at the microphone September 29: Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program, will deliver the annual Kniep Lecture at Pacific University on Monday, October 3rd. His lecture is entitled "In Search of Empathy: SocialMovements, Human Rights, and the Pursuit of Equality."
Siddharth Kara September 29: CNN, Carr Center fellow Siddharth Kara, continuing his CNN Freedom Project series, describes how, even after many years of research, he is still surprised by the ubiquity of South Asia's brothels and the breadth of its sex trafficking networks.
Siddharth Kara September 29: Siddharth Kara, fellow with the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, has been selected to deliver the keynote address at this year's Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo September 27: The Harvard Crimson, In its first event of the 2011 school year, Timothy McCarthy's popular Global Queer Series continues, this time bringing Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo to the Kennedy School for a discussion his efforts in combating discrimination against LGBT people in Uganda.
Right to Water Program September 27: The Carr Center hosted a study group meeting with Julia Tierney to examine Sao Paolo's remarkable progress in improving access to water and sanitation services in informal settlements. Although challenges remain, several factors were critical to this success: community pressure from below; political will from the top, including a commitment to achieving universal coverage; and technical, institutional and legal innovations within SABESP, the Sao Paulo state water company.
Michael Semple September 23: Foreign Affairs, Carr Center fellow Michael Semple discusses how the network of militants operating in Pakistan's tribal areas are playing an increasingly destabilizing role in NATO's possible negotiations with the Taliban.
HREA.org September 21: Attendance exceeded expectations at the recent 'Building a Strategy for Human Rights Education in U.S. Schools' conference. Coordinated by Carr Center Fellow and leader of the Center's new Human Rights Education Initiative, Felisa Tibbitts, the two-day event brought together over 70 educators, students, union representatives, scholars and policymakers to discuss strategies for promoting human rights in the U.S. schooling system. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees agreed to initiate a new human rights education network in the U.S. and an initial Steering Committee was formed.
Dexter Filkins September 19: The New Yorker, Former Carr Center fellow Dexter Filkins (2007-08) tells the story of a courageous journalist who, having been warned by Pakistani intelligence officials to curb his reporting on the links between the Pakistani military and Al Qaeda, was later found murdered.
UN Seal September 16: The Carr Center Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program team participated in the International Water Forum at the United Nations in September. This international conference sought to build bridges between government, private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations to increase public awareness, develop educational campaigns and create effective solutions for the emerging water crisis.
Presenter, Patricia Jones at the Carr Center September 13: The Carr Center Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program hosted an informative and well attended discussion led by Dr. Patricia Jones of UUSC and Julian Barriga of the Federation of Neighborhood Organizations ("FEJUVE") discussing the water issues confronting the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia.
Siddharth Kara September 10: Carr Center fellow Siddharth Kara is being sent by the U.S. Department of State on a twelve-day trip to Southeast Asia to meet with officials in Singapore, Malaysia, and other countries to discuss how to combat human trafficking more effectively. He will also be giving lectures at major universities and U.N. offices.
Charlie Clements August 31: The Global Post, "The wall of impunity that has long protected war criminals is crumbling," notes Carr Center Executive Director Charlie Clements, in a discussion of just how valuable Satellite Sentinel has proven to be in the on-going effort to prevent war crimes in Sudan.
Right to Water Program August 21: Carr Center Fellows Sharmila Murthy and Mark Williams attend World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

See Sharmila interviewed at WWW-Sweeden >

Swanee Hunt August 8: The Boston Globe, With the Massachusetts legislature currently considering one of the strongest, most comprehensive anti-trafficking bills in the country, Swanee Hunt, Senior Advisor to the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, explains why such a bill is needed and why it really will make a difference.
Sarah Sewall August 4: The Wall Street Journal, An article in the Journal's Washington Wire section discussing the new presidential directive to prevent mass atrocities states that DOD's "own high-level initiative to make the military more ready and able to respond to potential mass killings"... "draws inspiration from Harvard professor Sarah Sewall, who has lobbied the military to embrace 'mass atrocity response operations' as a planning concept."
The MARO Project August 4: United States Institute of Peace, President Obama issued a new Presidential Directive on Mass Atrocities today, Presidential Study Directive-10 (PSD-10), which aims to strengthen U.S. efforts to prevent mass atrocities. The Presidential Directive establishes an interagency Atrocities Prevention Board to develop atrocity prevention strategies and coordination with U.S. allies. Additionally, a Presidential Proclamation prevents entry into the U.S. of persons involved with crimes against humanity. Co-chairs of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, Madeleine K. Albright and William S. Cohen, "welcome with enthusiasm" the new directive and believe that "this is a forward-thinking plan that if fully implemented should eventually save countless lives."
Kashmir Seminar Series July 28: The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) today released the report "Half Widow, Half Wife? Responding to Gendered Violence in Kashmir." It examines the situation of women in Indian-administered Kashmir whose husbands have "disappeared," but not yet been declared deceased.
Michael Semple July 12: The Telegraph (UK), "Ahmad Wali Karzai's assassination leaves a power vacuum in Kandahar and seriously weakens both the Afghan government and NATO efforts to prop it up," writes Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple.
Christina Bain July 12: CNN, Director of the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, Christina Bain is one of "3 Voices" consulted in a recent article discussing how to end modern-day slavery. The article is part of the ongoing CNN series, the CNN Freedom Project, investigating and exposing human trafficking worldwide.
Michael Semple July 7: New Statesman, "The Taliban are just one faction in a long civil war which, thanks to international intervention, seems sure to intensify," notes Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple in an article discussing a decade of mistakes in the region.
Charlie Clements July 6: UPI, Carr Center Executive Director and Satellite Sentinel Project advisor, Charlie Clements, comments on recent troop movements, observed by the Satellite Sentinel team, now taking place in the wake of Southern Sudan's vote for independence.

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Siddharth Kara June 27: U.S. Dept. of State, The U.S. State Department has just released the 2011 TIP Report, its yearly overview of the state of human trafficking througout the world. This year's report includes a direct quote from Carr Fellow Siddharth Kara who, on page 9, says, "There are no quick fixes to human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, and child labor. Though I have documented these offences on all six continents, nothing I have seen anywhere approaches the scale of these crimes as I have seen in South Asia."
Gerard Russell June 23: Foreign Policy, Advocating a faster drawdown coupled with a long-term commitment, Carr Center Fellow Gerard Russell is one of seven experts included in this in-depth discussion of President Obama's recently announced plans for ending the war in Afghanistan.
Siddharth Kara June 21: CNN, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara continues his partnership with the CNN Freedom Project, that network's year-long series aimed at ending human trafficking, this time with an article explaining 10 steps anyone can take to help combat human trafficking.
Michael Semple June 17: Time Magazine, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple is quoted extensively in a recent piece about post Bin Laden al-Qaeda. Among other interesting points he makes is that Afghanistan has "turned into a giant film studio for al-Qaeda propaganda," adding, "they want to keep America embroiled in the conflict."
Siddharth Kara June 3: CNN, A post from Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara currently headlines the Web site for the CNN's Freedom Project. The year-long project, subtitled "Ending Modern-Day Slavery" and to which Kara is a featured contributor, is an in-depth investigation of modern-day slavery throughout the world.
Charlie Clements June 2: African Arguments Online, Carr Center Executive Director, Charlie Clements, comments on last week's move by Sudanese Armed Forces and Misseriya militias to attack and seize Sudan's Abyei region, an action that has created a humanitarian crisis with more than 100,000 internally displaced persons, many in need of medical care and all desperate for food, water, and shelter.
Siddharth Kara June 1: CNBC, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara appears as a featured contributor in the new CNBC special, "Crime Inc, Human Trafficking." More than a year in the making, this one-hour investigative program exposes the horrifying human toll human trafficking inflicts throughout the world.
Michael Semple May 16: Foreign Policy, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple elaborates on his investigation into the controversial 2010, Takhar air strike, explores various alternatives to such kill list-driven missions, and warns of the danger of "push-button warfare," should we fail to learn form our mistakes.
Michael Semple May 11: PBS Frontline, Possibly lending credence to the contention that it may have mistakenly killed the wrong man, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple, appearing in the Frontline episode "Kill/Capture," disputes the U.S. military's assertion that it had killed Taliban commander Mohammad Amin.
Sarah Sewall May 10: The Wall Street Journal, A Wall Street Journal article by Nathan Hodge discusses how the efforts of the MARO Project and the MARO Handbook are gaining more successful results, especially given the recent Libya intervention. Sarah Sewall explains that "the problem of mass atrocities, genocide prevention ... is that the military didn't think of it as a responsibility, so they didn't invest any time in trying to understand it." Praise for the Handbook comes from leaders such as Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, a senior deputy to General Carter Ham at AFRICOM, who said it is "a great tool to have" for thinking about the unique problems posed by mass atrocity interventions. A video clip, including parts of an interview with Sarah Sewall, accompanies the article.
Sarah Sewall May 10: The Wall Street Journal, An article by Nathan Hodge discusses how the efforts of the MARO Project and the MARO Handbook are gaining more successful results, especially given the recent Libya intervention. Sarah Sewall explains that "the problem of mass atrocities, genocide prevention...is that the military didn't think of it as a responsibility, so they didn't invest any time in trying to understand it."
Sahana Dharmapuri May 9: NATO News Archive, Carr Center Fellow Sahana Dharmapuri was part of a small team of experts selected to participate in a NATO-led Training Needs Analysis (TNA)designed to fulfill the 2009 Bi-SC 40-1 Directive on Gender and UN Security Council Resolution 1325, a directive designed to improve the effectiveness of NATO missions by incorporating a gender perspective.
Michael Semple May 7: The Guardian (UK), Osama bin Laden's death creates an opportunity for new narrative of the Afghan conflict, one that just might include peace, notes Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple. But U.S. engagement with the Taliban in Pakistan is essential.
Radwan Ziadeh May 5: Project on Middle East Democracy, Possible responses to the escalating violence in Syria are explored in this policy brief by former Carr Center Fellow Radwan Ziadeh. Ziadeh, currently director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies and visiting scholar at George Washington University, is author of "Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations, and Democracy in the Modern Middle East."
Michael Semple May 4: The Wall Street Journal, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple comments on what Osama bin Laden's death might mean for the Taliban and its possible reintegration into the Afghan political system.
Michael Semple May 2: The Telegraph (UK), Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple explains why the killing of Osama bin Laden in a house in Abbottabad Cantonment marks the end of one phase of the war in Afghanistan.
Siddharth Kara April 28: China Radio International, Beijing, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara participated in a discussion of trafficking with China's International Labour Office. The discussion was broadcast live by China Radio International, the largest radio station in Beijing.
Michael Semple April 23: New Internationalist Magazine, In an online debate titled "Is talking to the Taliban a betrayal of Afghanistan's women?" Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple takes up one of the many difficult issues associated with a potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Sarah Sewall April 21: The Washington Post, In an op-ed by Sarah Sewall and Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former CENTCOM commander, titled "The military interventions we don't plan for - those to protect civilians," highlighting the ongoing situation in Libya, the authors argue that military planners are still in need of the appropriate tools to properly study and prepare for missions to stop mass atrocities.
2011 Gay Rights as Human Rights Conference April 15: 2011 Gay Rights as Human Rights Conference, April 15-16 at the Harvard Kennedy School. The conference is free and open to the public. Click to visit the conference web site for complete session and registration information.

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Gerard Russell April 14: ForeignPolicy.com, Carr Center Fellow Gerard Russell reviews Bing West's book on Afghanistan, "The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the way out of Afghanistan."
Siddharth Kara April 14: CNN, Commending the "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Carr Center Fellow and anti-trafficking advocate Siddharth Kara notes that, regarding the disruption of slavery's demand side, "the importance of this effort cannot be overstated."
Gaypril 2011 Events April 8: Gaypril is an annual celebration of LGBTQ communities and identities throughout Harvard University. All of the LGBTQ student organizations at each of Harvard's schools host events and social gatherings to engage fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members in LGBTQ issues and educate about LGBTQ lives.
The MARO Project April 7: Foreign Policy, A recent article on ForeignPolicy.com discusses the MARO Handbook and its relevance to the preparations leading to the Libya intervention in March 2011. Quoting MARO Project Director Sally Chin and PKSOI Representative Dwight Raymond, author Kimberly Johnson discusses the importance of the MARO concept, and the handbook, in adding legitimacy and providing guidance for planners dealing with international humanitarian interventions.
Gerard Russell April 5: Canada's Journal of Ideas, Carr Center Fellow Gerard Russell, writing in Canada's Journal of Ideas, asks that we should honour the Arab Spring by putting an end to anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone April 4: The Nation, Manning Marable, esteemed professor of public affairs, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University passed away last Friday, April 1. Timothy McCarthy, for whom Professor Marable was both friend and mentor, contributed to this on-line tribute.
Michael Ignatieff April 3: Toronto Star, Former Carr Center Faculty Director Michael Ignatieff is the subject of this recent biographical piece in the Toronto Star. Ignatieff was faculty director from 2000-2005.
Siddharth Kara March 31: CNN, Carr Center Fellow and trafficking expert Siddharth Kara discusses the scale of the trafficking business and how far some of its victims travel, in this recent CNN interview.
Michael Semple March 22: BBC World Service, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple contributes to this BBC interview, made on the 10 year anniversary of the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas: what it meant to him, and how they might have been saved.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone March 20: Human Rights & Social Movements Program Director, Timothy McCarthy is a panelist for "Changing Hearts and Minds: The Cultural Work of LGBT Acceptance," sponsored by QualityGiving.org, an on-line community of major donors, policymakers, and activists in the LGBT movement.
The Human Rights & Social Movements Program March 12: On the Blog: This year's Alternative Spring Break project to rebuild black churches burned by arson stays local and goes to Springfield, Mass. to help rebuild the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, burned by arson in 2008. Click to follow their efforts on this blog.
Gerard Russell March 10: Foreign Policy, As he has in earlier testimony before the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Carr Center Fellow Gerard Russell continues to advocate that, "the US should not delay its significant involvement in talks with the Taliban leadership."
Charlie Clements (2) March 10: Global Post, "These most recent images indicate that the already volatile situation in Abyei has further deteriorated," says Executive Director Charlie Clements of recent imagery provided by the Satellite Sentinel Project, a project whose significance is being validated now on an almost daily basis.
The Satellite Sentinel Project March 7: The New York Times, Recent revelations validate usefulness of Satellite Sentinel Project as analysis of imagery provided by the project would seem to be pointing to a deliberate attempt to subvert peace.
Michael Semple March 3: Afghanistan Analysts Network, In "Why the Buddhas of Bamian were destroyed," Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple argues that the destruction of the great Bamian Buddhas was avoidable; they were destroyed because western powers deemed them an insufficiently important issue over which to intervene.
Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi February 28: Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, The remarkable path that has brought Carr Center Associate Fellow Razzaq Al-Saiedi to the Kennedy School is detailed in a brief biography in the latest edition of the HKS Magazine.
Right to Water Program February 25: The UN Independent Expert on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, Dr. Catarina de Albuquerque, visited Boston. Albuquerque heard testimony from community members living in the greater Boston area regarding problems with their water and sanitation services.
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy February 18: New Study Group! "Human Rights and Transitional Justice" Six meetings during spring term. Click to find out more...
Gerard Russell February 15: Carr Center Fellow Gerard Russell notes (in this blog post) that accusations leveled against the UN in Afghanistan, accusations that UN reports prior to 2010 failed to highlight Taliban human rights abuses, have proven to be factually untrue.
State Building and Human Rights Project February 9: Parliament looks to past and present State Building and Human Rights, Afghanistan & Pakistan program members for insight. Former Carr Center Fellow Matt Waldman as well as current Fellows Michael Semple and Gerard Russell testified before the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee regarding UK's foreign policy approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Gerard Russell February 5: BBC TV, Carr Center Fellow Gerard Russell is interviewed by the BBC's Arabic TV channel regarding the ongoing situation in Egypt, and calls for free and fair elections. [no video link available]
Siddharth Kara February 4: BBC News, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara is one of 5 featured panelists in a new BBC news series on human trafficking. Titled "The BBC World Debate on Human Trafficking," the forum took place last December during a U.N. conference in Luxor, Egypt. Click to view series video.
The Human Rights & Social Movements Program February 1: The Huffington Post, Richmond Blake and Rafaela Zuidema, two Kennedy School students and PAE advisees of HR&SM Director Timothy McCarthy, relay the story of their interview with Ugandan LGBT rights activist David Kato, which took place shortly before his murder.
Gender & Security Seminar Series January 28: Carr Center launches new seminar series, "Gender & Security," for Spring 2011! The new series will focus on the relationship between conflict, peace and gender. It will function as a survey of six topics related to this theme over the course of the Spring 2011 semester. All are welcome!
Charlie Clements January 27: allAfrica.com, Carr Center Executive Director Charlie Clements reiterates the unique value of Satellite Sentinel, as the Project begins to yield significant information, specifically, the revalation of SAF troop build-ups along the South Kordofan border.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone January 26: Timothy McCarthy, Director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program, has received a commendation as a "devoted public servant and advocate for social justice" in a unanimous resolution from the Cambridge City Council, honoring his "courageous leadership, hard work, dedication, passion, and commitment to educating the community on LGBT issues."
Martha Chen January 25: Harvard Kennedy School News, Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy and Carr Center Faculty Affiliate, has been awarded a Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition of her work around issues of employment, poverty and gender in India.
The Human Rights & Social Movements Program January 20: The Carr Center's Human Rights & Social Movements Program, directed by Timothy McCarthy, this spring kicks off a new seminar series, the Global Queer Series, a five-part set of public discussions on LGBTQ human rights issues in the global arena. First meeting: Feb. 8, "LGBTQ Human Rights in Palestine."
David Mansfield and Paul Fishstein January 11: The Nation, "The public policy debate on Afghan opium is filled with simple narratives justified by simple metrics and responded to with simple solutions," say Carr Fellows David Mansfield and Paul Fishstein." The problem: such simplification "propels us toward ineffective and even counterproductive policies."
David Yanagizawa-Drott January 10: The Los Angeles Times, Carr Faculty Affiliate David Yanagizawa-Drott provides insight and perspective on the groundbreaking Satellite Sentinel Project, a project to which actor George Clooney is deeply committed. Yanagizawa-Drott, through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is involved in analyzing and assessing the satellite data.
Charlie Clements and David Yanagizawa-Drott January 5: Working with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Carr Center gets involved with The Satellite Sentinel Project. Carr Faculty Director Charlie Clements and David Yanagizawa-Drott, a Carr Center faculty affiliate, assume significant roles.
Charlie Clements (2) January 5: The Harvard Crimson, Carr Center Executive Director Charlie Clements discusses the Satellite Sentinel Project, a new effort, created by the human rights group Not On Our Watch, that is using satellite imagery to prevent violence in the Sudan.
The MARO Project January 4: CNN.com, A recent CNN.com op-ed highlights the importance of the MARO Project's concepts given the possibility of mass atrocities in Southern Sudan with the January 9 referendum. The authors Chris Taylor, CEO of Mission Essential Personnel, and retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of CENTCOM, emphasize the need to enshrine MARO internationally and for a permanent framework for future governments planning to halt mass atrocities, as offered through the MARO Project.
Mathias Risse January 4: Harvard Kennedy School News, Students in IGA-304: Human Rights and International Politics, a course taught by Carr Center core faculty member Mathias Risse, travel to New York to meet with policymakers and leaders at the United Nations.