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Reading Rights

Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy Kathryn Sikkink presents a case for renewed optimism about human rights in her book Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century, and Dara Kay Cohen, Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy, shines a light on sexual assault in times of conflict in her book Rape During Civil War.

Arctic Awareness

For the fourth consecutive year, a delegation of Kennedy School students, faculty, and staff took part in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in October 2018 and presented ideas for dealing with the rapid climate change that is occurring in the Arctic and is a bellwether for changes expected around the globe. This trip was part of a new course organized by the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative, a joint project of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program.

Halla Hrund Logadóttir MC/MPA 2017, co-founder and director of the Arctic Initiative, spoke at the 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Focusing on China

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is home to the Kennedy School’s China Programs, which produce research on China’s growing role in the world, provide training and workshops, and host fellows from American and Chinese universities. Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, has conducted detailed surveys of Chinese satisfaction with government. His research reveals differences in approval ratings based on the level of government and on respondents’ region and income level.

Training Leaders in National Security

The National Security Fellows program is a closed-enrollment fellowship for U.S. military and civilian officials from the intelligence community. National Security Fellows study a wide range of public management and security issues. More than 600 people have completed the program since 1985.

“The experience deepened my understanding of current security issues, and strengthened my decision-making and teamworking skills to work more effectively in the Washington policy arena.”

Bruce B. Stubbs SES, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and Deputy Director of the Strategy and Policy Division N51B, Department of the Navy; participant in “Senior Executives in National and International Security” executive education program
Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, teaches courses on geopolitics and human rights.

Safeguarding Security

Ash Carter, former U.S. secretary of defense, is the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs—which in 2019 was ranked the world’s best university-affiliated think tank for the sixth year in a row. The Belfer Center addresses a wide array of challenges in international relations, security, climate change, energy policy, and diplomacy. It has projects focused on North Korea, Iran, and many other countries and regions.

Banner photo: Ash Carter, Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, speaks with students.

Photos by Jessica Scranton, Raychel Casey, Benn Craig

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