2013 News Archive

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Luka Kuol December 19: BBC News, Carr Center Fellow and former SPLM minister, Luka Biong Deng Kuol, offers unique insight into the unfolding turmoil in South Sudan, including some unconventional possibilities as to how the situation may develop.
Luka Kuol November 13: The Sudan Tribune, Luka Biong Deng Kuol, Carr Center Fellow and recently appointed spokesperson of the Abyei Referendum High Committee, explains "Why the Abyei community referendum should be recognized?"
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy November 1: Summer Intership Opportunity: Open Society Foundations Internship for Rights and Governance Applications are currently being accepted for HKS students to participate in this summer 2014 internship program. This is a fully-funded program which includes a 10-day clinical seminar in Budapest, followed by six-week intensive internship at a policy/rights-oriented NGO. Application Deadline: November 15, 2013.
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy October 28: The Harvard Crimson, Read coverage of the Carr Center's recent screening of "War Photographer," an award-winning documentary depicting the work of photojournalist James Nachtwey.
Luka Kuol October 27: The New York Times, As the much anticipated voting gets underway in Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan, Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol is there, assisting with the process and acting as spokesman for the Abyei Referendum High Committee, the commission which organized the vote.
Siddharth Kara October 25: WGBH News, In this radio interview, Siddharth Kara, adjunct lecturer in public policy and director of the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, discusses the newly released Walk Free Foundation "Global Slavery Index" and its startling conclusion that 30 million people worldwide remain held in bondage.
Siddharth Kara October 25: Deutsche Welle, In the wake of the release of the "Global Slavery Index" on October 18 by the Walk Free Foundation, Siddharth Kara, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, is quoted extensively in this article highlighting slavery in India. Cited as having nearly 14 million in bondage, India has, by far, the most "modern slaves" worldwide.
Harvard Kennedy School October 18: New J-Term Course! IGA 388M, "The Strategic Application of Nonviolent Action." This exciting new course brings together theory and practice of strategic nonviolence to evaluate the nature of nonviolent social change. Students will study the principles and practicalities of nonviolent conflict with Douglas Johnson, international leader of the successful Nestle Boycott, and with two former student leaders of Otpor!, the movement which toppled Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Register today! Official enrollment has closed, but Add Petitioning is still possible.
Sahana Dharmapuri October 7: International Peace Institute, Sahana Dharmapuri, Carr Center Fellow 2011-12, participated in a panel discussion on women in peacekeeping at the International Peace Institute to an audience of United Nations officials. (video available)
Pablo Marco (photo: Doug Gavel) October 2: HKS News, Carr Center event discussing the realities facing humanitarian intervention in Syria and featuring Pablo Marco MC/MPA '13, draws a full house to Weil Town Hall.
Luka Kuol September 24: YouTube, As the General Assembly meets inside, Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol addresses a crowd at a rally in support of the Abyei Referendum outside the United Nations building in New York.
Siddharth Kara September 12: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara and Judge Alice Hill, Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, give a presentation on the relationship between human trafficking and homeland security at the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Luka Kuol August 31: The Sudan Tribune, In "The Fate of Abyei Referendum at the Crossroad," Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol discusses what might happen, in the face of continued opposition from Sudan, if, in October 2013, the AU and the UN are unable to ensure the conduct of the agreed upon Abyei Referendum.
Douglas A. Johnson August 14: Harvard Kennedy School, Press Release, After an extensive search process, the prominent human rights practitioner, Douglas A. Johnson, has been named the Carr Center's new faculty director.

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Right to Water and Sanitation Program August 6: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation team from the Carr Center participated in a workshop organized by Harvard for K-12 teachers on Teaching Water: Global Perspectives on a Resource in Crisis. As part of a day focused on "Who Controls the Water? Water security and development," Fatima Mendikulova gave a talk on "Water and International Security in Central Asia." During a day focused on "Access to Water as a Human Right," Sharmila Murthy discussed "Who has access to water and what are the consequences?" and Mark Williams spoke on "Access to Safe Water in Ghana."
Samantha Power August 1: The Washington Post, Former Carr Center director Samantha Power approved by Senate as ambassador to the United Nations. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Power was director of the Carr Center from 1998 to 2002 and, most recently, served as a senior director on the National Security Council.
Michael Semple July 26: Foreign Affairs, In, "Soldierless Jihad," Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple discusses how significantly the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan may undermine the Taliban's cause for war.
Siddharth Kara July 22: The Grio.com, Quoted in an article on sex trafficking, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara notes that the complexity of emotional and psychological manipulation involved in controlling victims may well outstrip current state laws designed to address these crimes.
Luka Kuol July 21: Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol delivered a lecture titled "Stabilizing Fragile States: The Case of South Sudan" at the Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transition offered by the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York, York, UK.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone July 3: The Huffington Post, "In Conversation: On the Landmark SCOTUS Decisions, Single-Variable Politics, and Movement Forward," an interview with Timothy Patrick McCarthy by Darnell L. Moore.
Luka Kuol July 1: The Sudan Tribune, In "Abyei: A test of African solutions for African problems," Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol examines some of the issues associated with longstanding and on-going disputes regarding that region's status.
Sharmila Murthy June 26: Sharmila Murthy delivered a lecture on the "Key Principles of International Water Law" at the Water Diplomacy Workshop. An event jointly organized by Professors Shafiqul Islam of Tufts and Lawrence Susskind of MIT.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone June 26: HKS Policy Brief, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the Carr Center's Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights Program, gives his reaction to the Supreme Court of the United States' decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California. (video)
Michael Semple June 25: HKS News, In a brief interview, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple discusses prospects for the peace talks with the Taliban, and what might happen in Afghanistan as the U.S. begins to pull back.
Tim McCarthy at the microphone June 25: The Harvard Gazette, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, director of the center's Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program, contributes valuable historical perspective to an analysis of the recent Supreme Court rulings supporting same-sex marriage.
Felisa Tibbitts June 22: The Boston Herald, Felisa Tibbitts, Carr Center Fellow, publishes the Op-Ed "Turkey's mixed record on rights".
Michael Semple June 19: The Guardian, Carr Center Fellow Michael Semple discusses what the Taliban's establishment of public face in Qatar does and does not mean in 'The Taliban's Qatar office is a positive step, but not a prologue to peace.'
Sharmila Murthy June 14: Sharmila Murthy spoke at the World Bank's Community of Practice on Land in India seminar series in New Delhi on "Land Security and Water and Sanitation Rights in Mumbai Slums." Lead Urban Specialist Barjor Mehta moderated the talk, and Urban Specialist Augustin Maria served as the discussant. The talk was organized by Senior Social Development Specialist Shankar Narayanan and Vikram Raghavan of the Legal Vice-Presidency of the World Bank.
Luka Kuol June 14: The Niles, Carr Center Fellow Luka Biong Deng Kuol delivered the keynote speech titled "Sudan-South Sudan: The Challenges of Sustainable and Elusive Relations" at the Sudan and South Sudan Annual conference held in Hermannsburg, Germany.
Samantha Power June 5: The New York Times, President Obama announces his nomination of Samantha Power as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Power was director of the Carr Center from 1998 to 2002 and, most recently, served as a senior director on the National Security Council.
Felisa Tibbitts May 30: Carr Center Fellow Felisa Tibbitts presents "Principles and Guidelines for Building Human Rights-Infused Intercultural Competencies," a policy document she developed for UNESCO, at the 2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sharmila Murthy May 30: Sharmila Murthy presented at the conference "Realizing the Goal of Water for Life: Lessons from Around the World," held at the National Law University of Delhi, India, and jointly organized with Lewis & Clark Law School. The talk was titled "Re-Examining Water and Ethnic Conflict in Central Asia through the Water Diplomacy Framework," and was based on an article in progress, co-authored with Fatima Mendikulova, also of the Carr Center.

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Book: Water Governance May 29: The recently published book "Water Governance: An Evaluation of Alternative Architectures" contains a chapter that Sharmila Murthy co-authored with STPP Associate Arani Kajenthira on "Urban Water Challenges in the MENA Region: Integrating Islamic Principles with Demand Management Strategies."

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Felisa Tibbitts May 23: The Doug Noll Show, Felisa Tibbitts, Carr Center Fellow, takes part in an on-air interview on human rights and peacemaking.
Sharmila Murthy May 18: A day-long seminar on "The Role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Helping Decision-Makers Meet Food, Energy and Water (FEW) Needs" was organized jointly by Carr Center Fellow Sharmila Murthy and Laura Pereira, Patricia Guardabassi, Eunjee Lee, Chao Zhang, Alicia Harley and Scott Moore, all Fellows in the Sustainability Science Program at HKS. Participants included technologists, academics, social entrepreneurs, former government officials and representatives from multi-lateral organizations, such as the United Nations. The event was supported by Harvard's Sustainability Science Program and Italy's Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea.
Luka Kuol May 16: South Sudan News Agency, Carr Center Fellow Luka Kuol presented a paper titled "The Assassination of Abyei Paramount Chief Kuol Deng: Implications for Peace in Abyei, South Sudan-Sudan Relations and Commitments of International Community," at the Sudan and South Sudan Civil Society Forum.
Luka Kuol May 9: Carr Center Fellow Luka Kuol presented "Political Violence and the Discourse of Abyei" at "Struggles Over Emerging States in Africa," an international conference at Durham University examining the influence of political violence on emerging independent states in northeast Africa.
Right to Water and Sanitation Program May 2: Professor Annette Huber-Lee of Tufts University and Nidal al-Azraq, a Palestinian refugee with extensive social service experience, shared their experiences working to improve access to adequate and safe water for Palestinians in the West Bank.
Sharmila Murthy April 29: Sharmila Murthy gave a talk on the "Social, Legal and Political Dimensions of Water" at a week-long seminar for U.S. and South Asian leaders on "Charting the Water Future of South Asia" which was jointly organized by the HKS Executive Education Program, the HKS National Security Program, the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.

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Right to Water and Sanitation Program April 18: Dr. Rishi Rattan of Physicians for Haiti delivered a talk at the Carr Center on the UN, cholera and drinking water crisis in Haiti, focusing on the role of advocacy to translate technical expertise into tangible change.
Siddharth Kara April 16: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara speaks at a major conference run by the Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of donors and investors committed to international causes, where, as part of a problem-solving working group, he will discuss ways to improve data on modern-day slavery.
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy March 28: Olivier Donat Andriamahefaparany, who served in numerous high-ranking positions in the Malagasy government, gave a talk at the Carr Center that examined the water and sanitation challenges of Madagascar.
Sharmila Murthy March 22: Sharmila Murthy spent World Water Day at a celebration organized by the Indian NGO Gramalaya at the National Institute for Water and Sanitation in Tamil Nadu, India.
Siddharth Kara March 17: WPRR, Public Radio, Grand Rapids, MI, Siddharth Kara, Carr Center Fellow with the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, takes part in an on-air panel discussion on human trafficking, part of Minnesota Public Radio's program "Scholars Circle."
the this event... March 8: The Harvard Gazette, The Carr Center's recent, multi-part event, "Congo's Invisible War," and its associated, on-going exhibition of the work of Finbarr O'Reilly, Reuters chief photographer for West and Central Africa, titled "Congo on the Wire," are well summarized in this discerning review by Harvard's news service.
Mathias Risse March 8: Harvard Kennedy School News, Mathias Risse, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy and core faculty at the Carr Center, argues in a new working paper, "The Human Right to Water and Common Ownership of the Earth," that humanity's shared possession of our planet provides a philosophical foundation for a right to water and sanitation.
Right to Water and Sanitation Program March 7: MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind spoke at the Carr Center about the need to involve civil society in water management decisions during times of great uncertainty.
Right to Water and Sanitation Program March 5: In a talk hosted by the Carr Center, Rio de Janeiro State University Professor Ana Paula de Barcellos explored the role of the courts in improving access to sanitation in Brazil.
Sharmila Murthy February 16: Carr Center Fellow Sharmila Murthy spoke on a panel that examined land and water rights in India at the Harvard HPAIR 2013 Asia Conference. Also on the panel were Namita Wahi and Jasdeep Randhawa. The panel was moderated by Erum Sattar.
Siddharth Kara February 11: India Abroad, Coverage of Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara's new book "Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia," continues with this latest article, "Tracking Modern-Day Slavery," appearing in India Abroad.
The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy February 6: The Harvard Gazette, The Carr Center event highlighting the lack of press freedoms and mistreatment of journalists in Turkey, an event which featured Turkish journalist Ferai Tinc, is picked up by the Harvard news service.
Sharon Weinblum January 30: In late January, Carr Center Fellow Sharon Weinblum will be a guest speaker at a "Policy Hub" information session before the European Parliament. The topic of her session will be "Prospects of change in Israeli politics."
Felisa Tibbitts January 28: Carr Center Fellow Felisa Tibbitts will present the OSCE Guidelines for Human Rights Education in Secondary School Systems at Columbia University Teacher's College, New York City.
Mathias Risse January 28: On December 7 and 8, 2012, Professor Mathias Risse of Harvard Kennedy School, Professor Tyler Giannini of Harvard Law School and Sharmila Murthy of the Carr Center organized a thought-provoking inter-disciplinary Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar on "The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: From Theory to Practice."
Sharon Weinblum January 26: The Global Post, "Where does a 'moderate' victory in Israel leave the peace process?" Carr Center Fellow Sharon Weinblum comments on how the US remains the key to reopening the issue of Israeli-Palestine talks.
Sam Gregory January 17: Knight Foundation Press Release, Tool for validating news source materials, created by WITNESS, a human rights organization directed by Carr Center faculty affiliate Sam Gregory, one of eight winners of this year's "Knight News Challenge: Mobile." Winners to split $2.4 million Knight Foundation grant award.