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Blog Post - perspectives-on-public-purpose

Combat Neurodegenerative Diseases Crisis with Technology and Public Policy

| Nov. 21, 2022

Neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS represent a global health crisis affecting more than nine million people in the United States alone. NDDs are caused by progressive loss of central nervous system neurons - currently, there is no cure to reverse this loss. The only approved therapies are palliative or mildly reduce some symptoms. In this blog, the author introduces ways technology and public policy can improve the drug discover process to "cure the uncureable" - setting the stage for his larger research project this academic year.

HPCA Director Robert Stavins discusses

Doug Gavel

News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

HPCA Director Robert Stavins Shares Thoughts on Carbon Pricing Regimes in COP-27 Side Event

    Author:
  • Doug Gavel
| Nov. 21, 2022

China and the United States are back on a productive track to adopt more cooperative approaches on global climate change. Those were the sentiments expressed by Harvard Project Director Robert Stavins on Wednesday (November 16) during a side event focusing on the China National Climate Change Assessment Report at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

A makeshift display of bouquets of flowers are on display

AP/Jack Dempsey

Analysis & Opinions - The Atlantic

Rethinking 'Run, Hide, Fight'

| Nov. 20, 2022

Juliette Kayyem writes that the chaos and delays in saving children in Uvalde, Texas, have also raised skepticism about police-response capacities. According to the FBI, nearly 70 percent of all active-shooter incidents end before police arrive; nearly 37 percent of them end in two minutes or less. In the United States, we are vulnerable to gun violence at any moment.

A sign stands outside Seattle Children's Hospital

AP/Elaine Thompson, File

Analysis & Opinions - CNN

I'm an Epidemiologist, and My Daughter’s RSV Case Shook Me

| Nov. 18, 2022

Syra Madad writes that it's impossible to know what impact the COVID-19 virus will have next, but with signs of increased flu activity ahead of the holiday season, coupled with the increasing burden of RSV, healthcare systems should be bracing for more impact to come. She urges everyone to do their part and help reduce the spread of RSV, get vaccinated against seasonal flu and stay up-to-date with their Covid-19 vaccination.

Book - North American Institutes at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

North America 2.0: Forging a Continental Future

| November 2022

North America has survived a tumultuous three decades since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. What characterizes our shared region today? What sort of region can advance our shared interests and well-being over the next generation? This volume from the Wilson Center and Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center offers an agenda for how the region’s leaders can forge inclusive and effective strategies that ensure North America’s next decades build upon past successes—while addressing serious shortcomings.

Book Chapter

Emergency Management in North America

| November 2022

The authors argue that emergencies and disasters know no borders, and responses demand cooperation. Highlighting examples of successful cooperation— as well as a few notable failures—they call for a comprehensive North American Emergency Management Compact to address growing challenges that result from a changing climate and interwoven connections.

A protester holds up a placard outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Nowhere to Hide? Global Policing and the Politics of Extradition

    Author:
  • Daniel Krcmaric
| Fall 2022

U.S. power extends beyond the military and economic spheres to include policing. The United States has used its global policing power to capture terrorists, warlords, and drug kingpins. But extradition is not simply a bureaucratic tool. States’ geopolitical interests shape their willingness to cooperate with others in extraditing fugitives.