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President Obama has tapped former Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) professor Samantha Power as the nation’s next U.N. ambassador. If the nomination is approved, Power would replace Susan Rice, who is to become the president's new national security adviser.
Power joined the Kennedy School in 1998 to launch the human rights project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The project later became the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, founded in 1999 with a mission of making human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world. Power served as the center’s executive director until 2002 and was named the Anna Lindh professor of the practice of global leadership and public policy in 2006. She took a leave from the university after accepting a position as senior foreign policy adviser to President Obama in early 2009.
“Samantha is an inspired choice to become our new ambassador to the U.N.,” said Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Belfer Center director. “She will be an outstanding representative of U.S. interests across the array of issues on which the U.N. is an important actor, from the attempt to host negotiations to find a peaceful settlement to the ongoing catastrophe in Syria to human rights worldwide.”
Power, who began her career as a journalist, co-edited a book with Allison in 2000 titled “Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact.” Her second book, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” which surveyed genocides from Armenia to Rwanda, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
Power is married to Cass Sunstein, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She officially departed HKS in January 2011.