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Medical crisis in east Ghouta as hospitals 'systematically targeted'

February 26, 2018

Article features Carr Center Senior Fellow Susannah Sirkin.

“The unspeakable suffering we are witnessing was deliberately planned and meticulously implemented over time,” said Susannah Sirkin, the director of international policy at Physicians for Human Rights, an NGO. “The current situation is the lethal result of a conscious strategy of besiegement, blocking of aid and, ultimately, the illegal destruction of civilian targets...

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How Democracy in America Can Survive Donald Trump

February 23, 2018

New article by Senior Fellow John Shattuck in The American Prospect.

Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 1835 that “the greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” Tocqueville’s observation, broadly accurate over the past two centuries, is facing perhaps its most severe test today.

In its 2016 “Democracy Index” report, the Economist...

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Trump orders Gitmo remain open, but may clear path for its closure

February 23, 2018
New Article quotes Senior Fellow Alberto Mora.

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The prison, opened by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, has long been the target of international and domestic ire. Beyond “persistent and credible” reports of torture from United Nations human rights groups, Guantanamo Bay has been the subject of numerous lawsuits regarding the illegal detention of suspected terrorists.

“A review of detaining policy is long overdue, and it’s a good step,” Alberto Mora, a senior fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, told Fox News...

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Call for Papers: Contentious Narratives: Digital Technology and the Attack on Liberal Democratic Norms

February 3, 2018

On April 2nd and 3rd, 2018, the George Washington University in Washington, DC will host “Contentious Narratives: Digital Technology and the Attack on Liberal Democratic Norms.” The conference is sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, the World Bank, and George Washington University. Conference participants will consider the effects of disinformation on peacebuilding and on efforts to document human rights abuse and war crimes. They will also consider disinformation’s effects on global economic development and governance...

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