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A map of africa

Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Africa In Focus Speaker Series

Africa in Focus, run by the Africa Futures Project, aims to create a forum for intellectual and critical analysis of processes and policies from the continent and its engagement with the international community. Through thoughtful and dynamic programming, Africa in Focus seeks to bring more African perspectives into broader policy conversations at HKS.


Composite image of the African continent and the aurora borealis with the caption "Africa + the Arctic: From the Margins to the Center."

Nils Olsen

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

What Do Africa and the Arctic Have in Common? A Lot, It Turns Out

| June 03, 2024

As the climate crisis intensifies, demand is surging for minerals needed to manufacture clean energy technologies. In the race to secure supplies of critical minerals, Africa and the Arctic have taken center stage as companies and governments around the world eye their vast mineral deposits. These seemingly disparate regions now face the same question: how to capitalize on their mineral wealth while maximizing the socioeconomic benefits and minimizing the environmental harms of mining.

New College of Florida students and supporters protest

AP/Rebecca Blackwell

Newspaper Article - Harvard Crimson

Harvard Kennedy School Research Shows Youth Participation in Major Protests Increases Likelihood of Success

  • Asher J. Montgomery
| Mar. 20, 2023

Major nonviolent protests with higher levels of youth participation are more likely to be successful, according to a study by the United States Institute of Peace in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School professor Erica Chenoweth and lecturer Zoe Marks.

Iranians protests the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini

AP/Middle East Images, File

Journal Article - Foreign Affairs

Iran's Women on the Frontlines

| Oct. 31, 2022

The authors write that this is a moment of great hope for Iran but also great worry. Although the extensive frontline participation of women in protest movements often makes them more effective, it also raises the stakes dramatically. Defeat of today's protesters could be followed by an even deeper patriarchal backlash. 

People protest following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Washington

AP/Jacquelyn Martin, File

Paper - Harvard Kennedy School

Pro-democracy Organizing against Autocracy in the United States: A Strategic Assessment & Recommendations

| October 2022

This working paper offers strategies to protect subjugated groups and inform a broad  pro-democracy struggle should an authoritarian administration gain power in 2024.

A group of abortion-rights protesters march past U.S. Capital building

AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe

Audio - Foreign Affairs

Beyond Roe: The Mutually Reinforcing Nature of Misogyny and Autocracy

| July 07, 2022

In the Foreign Affairs interview, Host Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses with Harvard's Erica Chenoweth and Zoe Marks why autocrats fear women, why feminist movements are such a powerful tool against autocracy, and what the assault on reproductive rights in the United States signifies for American democracy.

Women attend an opposition action with portrait of jailed Belarusian women in front of them


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Revenge of the Patriarchs

| Feb. 11, 2022

Erica Chenoweth and Zoe Marks argue that It is not a coincidence that women's equality is being rolled back at the same time that authoritarianism is on the rise. Political scientists have long noted that women's civil rights and democracy go hand in hand, but they have been slower to recognize that the former is a precondition for the latter.