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The war on voting rights

October 26, 2018

New Op-Ed by Carr Center Senior Fellow John Shattuck.

"Eight years ago, on the eve of the 2010 midterm elections, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell declared that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

McConnell’s declaration of war on the Obama presidency ushered in the age of extreme obstruction and polarization in Congress. It also foreshadowed an eight-year Republican campaign to suppress or dilute voting by the coalition that elected Obama. That effort has intensified in the Trump era and is...

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How To Make Sense Of This Week’s Mail Bombs

October 25, 2018

New article in FiveThirtyEight includes insights from Professor Erica Chenoweth.

"In democracies like ours, people tend to engage in dissent against politicians or the government through protest, wrote Erica Chenoweth, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, in an email. “It’s really important to note that protesters tend not to become terrorists,” she wrote. “But rather people turn to terror...

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In July, the Trump-era wave of protests started taking a back seat to campaign rallies

October 19, 2018

New article by Professor Erica Chenoweth.

(This is the 18th installment in a monthly series from The Washington Post on reporting on political crowds in the United States.)

"For 18 months now, as we’ve counted attendance at political gatherings around the United States, we’ve seen crowds in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For the first time...

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Is your phone tainted by the misery of the 35,000 children in Congo's mines?

October 15, 2018

My field research shows that children as young as six are among those risking their lives amid toxic dust to mine cobalt for the world’s big electronics firms  -Siddharth Kara, Senior Fellow, Carr Center

"Until recently, I knew cobalt only as a colour. Falling somewhere between the ocean and the sky, cobalt blue has been prized by artists from the Ming dynasty in China to the masters of French Impressionism. But there is another kind of cobalt, an industrial form that is not cherished for its complexion on a palette, but for its ubiquity across modern life....

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Kennedy School Hosts Discussion Honoring 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

October 11, 2018

The Kennedy School held a discussion featuring University of Virginia Professor James B. Loeffler ’96 Wednesday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Declaration, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, articulates legal and moral principles for “fundamental human rights to be universally protected.” While legally non-binding, the document has been frequently cited as a basis for international agreements and domestic laws.

Wednesday’s discussion —...

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