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June 16, 2020

Three of the Kennedy School’s leading scholars on international relations and human rights discussed what they described as failures of U.S. leadership during the pandemic and the longer-term implications for the United States’ standing and influence in the world. Professors Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nicholas Burns, former under secretary of state for political affairs, and Kathryn Sikkink, an expert on international norms and institutions, assessed the pandemic’s global consequences, including the risks flowing from the Trump administration’s decision to cease working with the World Health Organization. Their conversation was the first in a new summer series of the Dean’s Discussions with HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf, moderated by his chief of staff, Sarah Wald.

Analysts find lack of U.S. leadership on pandemic has global fallout

Speakers

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Nicholas Burns

Appointment
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
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Samantha Power

Appointment
Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, HKS; William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights, HLS
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Kathryn Sikkink

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Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy
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Moderator

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Sarah Wald

Appointment
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
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Host

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Douglas Elmendorf

Appointment
Dean of Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School
Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy
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