Written by Carr Center Research Assistant Tom O'Bryan.
Countless studies have shown that democracies are less likely to go to war, torture their own citizens, and censor the media. That's one reason why Western governments and philanthropic foundations funnel more than $10 billion every year into promoting democracy overseas. For example, donors fund efforts to help train election observers, educate voters about their rights, and train local media outlets to cover political issues. Read more about In the Democratic Republic of Congo, donations were too little too late
Members of the conservative foreign policy intelligentsia, who spent the eight long years of the Obama administration biding their time at think tanks and universities, finally have a shot at upper level administration jobs
These are dangerous times. Never has it been so important for domestic and international human rights advocates and scholars to collaborate. Such action must be guided by past successes in promoting human rights, based on our best history and social science. I share Stephen Hopgood’s sense of urgency, but I disagree with his recommendation that we should only engage in domestic politics and abandon international human rights norms and law. Read more about International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever
On October 7th & 8th, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, in coordination with the West Point Center for the Rule of Law, hosted the Strategic Consequences of the U.S. Use of Torture. Executive Director Sushma Raman, and Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf gave opening remarks. Faculty Director Douglas A. Johnson welcomed the speakers, and Lieutenant Colonel Winston Williams was the first panelist to speak.
In the latest edition of HKS Policycast, HKS Lecturer Siddharth Kara of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy explains how his research into the tens of millions of girls around the world who have been forced into sexual slavery led him to Hollywood, where he wrote and produced the new feature film “Trafficked.” The film, based on true stories, follows three enslaved teens who end up in a Texas brothel after being trafficked across the globe.