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Eleanor Roosevelt holding a poster of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Analysis & Opinions - Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

The Future of Human Rights

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Belfer Center experts shared their perspectives on the future of the international human rights movement as part of the Carr Center's publication, Making a Movement: The History and Future of Human Rights

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Paper - Harvard Kennedy School

Strengthening Management of UN Peacekeeping Operations: A Review of UN Peacekeeping Operations Audits

  • V.S. Ibanez
  • Yahya Chaudhry
  • Jonathan R. Hakim
| December 2021

The United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO), established in in the aftermath of World War II, play a crucial role in conflict resolution throughout the world. As of November 2021, the UN maintained 12 active peacekeeping missions staffed by over 80,000 military, police, and civilian personnel from over 100 countries. UNPKO’s annual budget in 2020-21 was US$6.58 billion. This paper looks at the operational effectiveness of those peacekeeping missions and how they could be improved. Its focus is not on high level peacekeeping strategy. Rather it identifies basic operational reforms that could be readily implemented and that would result in better peacekeeping outcomes at lower cost.

Taliban fighters patrol inside the city of Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

AP Photo/Sidiqullah Khan

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

What Does the Taliban Takeover Mean for Afghanistan and the Region?

With the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, we asked Belfer Center experts for their insights on what this could mean for the region – and what actions concerned countries, including the U.S., might take now. 

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Impact of the COVID Relief Bill

| Mar. 10, 2021

As President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” heads to his desk to become law, we asked several of our economics and pandemic experts for their thoughts on the significance of the bill: How much impact will the Biden administration’s COVID relief bill  have on the U.S. economy and on those suffering most from the pandemic?

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks at a mass vaccination site for coronavirus at the Natick Mall on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 in Natick, Mass.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Massachusetts Should Pay People to Quarantine

| Mar. 03, 2021

With vaccines slowly being rolled out across the United States, it appears the nation may be close to a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic. However, the daily case rate remains high, and new, highly contagious variants threaten to create clusters of fresh infections in the coming months. This makes it more important than ever that states bolster non-vaccine strategies — specifically, supported quarantine and isolation — in order to mitigate viral transmission.

Apart from vaccinations, quarantine (keeping exposed people away from others) and isolation (keeping sick people away from others) are the best ways to stop transmission of the virus. After a surge of infections early in the pandemic, South Korea adopted an aggressive policy of testing, contact tracing, and “supported” isolation and quarantine. This included identifying those exposed to the virus and providing support services so that it was feasible and affordable for them to stay apart for seven to 10 days. The government delivered grocery supplies and paid financial compensation to those in isolation and unable to work. They provided people who needed it access to quarantine facilities, with twice-daily check-ins to monitor their health.

The results have been spectacular. While the United States recently passed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, South Korea — one-sixth of the US population — has experienced just 1,600 fatalities, without a single vaccination. Schools have mostly stayed open, and the South Korean economy has remained largely intact. If the United States had the same death rate as South Korea, we would have lost 10,000 Americans rather than over half a million.

People demonstrate in front of the state Capitol to protest the lack of unemployment payments for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, for the self employed in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 18, 2020. 

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Analysis & Opinions

Linda Bilmes: Dissecting Coronavirus Economic Impact and Recovery Options

| May 07, 2020

HOW DO WE AVOID a disastrous humanitarian crisis in developing countries as we emerge from the pandemic lockdowns? Will economic justice be harder or easier to attain after COVID-19? How do we get our nation back to work? Should we focus on the surging federal debt?