Arthur Isak Applbaum Arthur Isak Applbaum is the Adams Professor of Democratic Values and former Acting Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard. Applbaum's work on legitimate political authority, civil and official disobedience, and role morality has appeared in journals such as Philosophy & Public Affairs, Harvard Law Review, Ethics, and Legal Theory . He is the author of Ethics for Adversaries , a book about the morality of roles in public and professional life.

Applbaum has written about the ethics of executioners and of butlers, and he has consulted to the government about the ethics of spies. Recent papers include Legitimacy in a Bastard Kingdom and Forcing a People to Be Free. He is a member of Harvard's Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and chairs the ethics advisory board of a stem cell research foundation. Applbaum holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Jerusalem, a Fellow in Ethics at Harvard, and a Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Human Values.

Adams Professor of Democratic Values

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David King David C. King is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the MPA programs. He also chairs Harvard's Program for Newly Elected Members of the U.S. Congress and Harvard's executive program for leaders in State and Local Governments. Professor King joined the faculty in 1992, and he lectures on Legislatures, Political Parties, and Interest Groups.

In the wake of the 2000 presidential elections, Professor King directed the Task Force on Election Administration for the National Commission on Election Reform, chaired by former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. That effort culminated in landmark voting rights legislation signed by President Bush in late 2002. He later oversaw an evaluation and new management structure for the Boston Election Department, and he served on the Advisory Board of

Professor King's recent work focuses on the U.S. Military: on factors influencing the willingness of minorities to join the military, and on family readiness issues more generally. Professor King played a central role in linking the removal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" with the reinstatement of Naval ROTC at Harvard University.

David King is co-author of The Generation of Trust: Public Confidence in the U.S. Military Since Vietnam (2003), author of Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction (1997), and co-editor of Why People Don't Trust Government (1997).

An award-winning professor, David King’s work is highlighted in Bill Smoot’s 2010 book, Conversations with Great Teachers.

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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Kathryn Sikkink Kathryn Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice. Her publications include The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Center Book Award, and the WOLA/Duke University Award); Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck and awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order, and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations); and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance, (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp). She holds an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, the American Association for Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, and the American Political Science Review.

Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government 
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe

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Federica A'Alessandra

Federica D’Alessandra is a Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow with the Transitional Justice Program. She manages the Carr Center’s Transitional Justice Study Group, and is currently working on two books on transitional justice and a short manual of human rights investigations. Her research focuses on the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict situations, peacekeeping, civilian protection, and mass atrocity prevention. Her contributions to international law and policy can be read on the Oxford Reports on International Law, Oxford University Press, the International Criminal Law Network's journal, and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Newsletter, of which she is also the Editor.

Apart from her academic pursuits, D’Alessandra has been and remains involved in practical policy work. D’Alessandra currently serves as Human Rights and Communication Officer for the Human Rights Law Working Group, sub-Committee of the Rule of Law Action Group of the International Bar Association. With the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), she has provided legal assistance and policy analysis on matters related to prosecutions and victim’s reparations. She has also worked on other pressing issues such as piracy prosecutions, security strategies, and peace negotiations. She has been involved in the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms in Libya, and helped provide advice to the Opposition Coalition at the Syria Geneva II Peace Negotiations. D’Alessandra also has extensive field experience ranging from East and Central Africa to the Indian sub-continent, where she has worked as a free-lancer, and with many development and humanitarian organizations. In Somalia, she investigated war crimes and advised on the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda, she conducted research on war crimes and other human rights violations; she also conducted research on the impact of the International Criminal Court’s proceedings on the region. In India, she investigated extra-judicial executions in Jammu and Kashmir, and other northern Indian states. She also worked as Campaign Coordinator for a local human rights NGO, organized human rights trainings, and advised on civil society outreach in the rural areas. Some of her previous experiences include fieldwork with Médecins sans Frontières, UNESCO, and the US. Department of State. D'Alessandra is 2012 Huygens Fellow with the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, and 2009 Great Lakes Region Fellow with the Center for International Solidarity.

Prior to returning to the Harvard Kennedy School as a Fellow, D’Alessandra was as a research assistant and an associate to the Carr Center programs on Transitional Justice, and Mass Atrocity Response Operations. She is a graduate of the Universities of Milan, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Paris-Sorbonne. She holds degrees in Law, Criminology, Conflict and Development Studies, and International Relations.

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Luka Biong Deng Kuol Luka Biong Deng Kuol, is a fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Luka’s research focuses on the challenges of nation and state building of the new state of South Sudan in the context of transitional justice. South Sudan as the newest state is litmus test of how to make use of the wealth of knowledge and experiences in building a viable state that is founded on solid values of social trust and democratic governance.

He served as the Co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) that provides political and administrative oversight of Abyei area, a contested oil-rich area between South Sudan and Sudan, on behalf of President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan. He is the Executive Director of Kush Inc., a non-profit organization that supports building bridges between the international community and local African initiatives. He served as national minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Government of Sudan and as a minister of Presidential Affairs in the Office of the President of the Government of Southern Sudan. He also worked as a Senior Economist for the World Bank in South Sudan.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex in UK. He also earned a Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is a recognized expert on the affairs of South Sudan and Sudan, conflicts and civil wars, poverty, diversity and constitution making, vulnerability, famine, civil wars, and state building.

He has written scholarly articles published in international journals such as the Journal of Eastern African Studies, the Journal of African Affairs, the Journal of Disasters, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Bulletin, the Oxford Journal of Forced Migration, and the Journal of Civil Wars. He contributed with chapters in various books such as New Sudan in Making, Frontiers of Unity and New Famines. He writes regular opinion to the New Nation Newspaper, Sudan Tribune and Al-Masiir Arabic Newspaper in South Sudan. 

Michael Semple Michael Semple A former Carr Center Fellow, Michael works on reconciliation in Afghanistan and the Taliban Movement. He combines academic research with participation in the public debate and track two diplomacy. Michael is a leading expert on the Taliban, the Pashtun tribes and Afghan politics. He has worked in Afghanistan since 1989, most recently as Deputy to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan, and has interacted with leading figures in the succession of Afghan regimes, and the different armed movements which have campaigned against them. He is recognized internationally as a key proponent of political approaches to dealing with the conflict in Afghanistan, including “talking to the Taliban”. His experience as development worker, political officer and conflict negotiator give him an unparalleled network into most elements of Afghan and Pakistani society. Michael's understanding of Afghan political history and current Afghan political strategies, combined with an international community insiders perspective and access to politicians on all sides of the debate give him a unique ability to advise on the development of a realistic political strategy for a more stable and prosperous Afghan future.

Michael Semple has been a recipient of the Anna Lindh Research Fellowship
generously sponsored by
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation