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Leadership and the American President

01/17/2017

This week’s inauguration naturally prompts conversations about the centrality of presidential leadership and power. What kind of powers will the president-elect have, and how will he use them?

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A Global Trump Effect

11/18/2016

Many of the people I know, myself included, didn’t believe Donald Trump could win the presidency. While we don’t yet know the impact President-elect Trump will have on human rights around the world, there is reason for all of us who care about human rights and freedoms to be concerned.

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Water in Flint

The Flint Disaster: Why Doesn’t Black Health Matter?

02/03/2016

The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan is more than a shocking public health failure. It is an assault on human rights – a recognition that has been largely absent from most discussions of how and why this could have happened in the advanced industrial democracy of the United States.

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Glass Half Full in Myanmar

11/13/2015

The NLD victory and the fact that the military has not intervened is surely a positive sign in Myanmar, but in a lot of ways the hardest work remains to be done.

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Children Stand in Rubble in Yemen

Déjà Vu: The UN Security Council’s Inaction on Yemen

08/31/2015

When I visited Yemen last year, the situation was grim. The government was dealing with fuel shortages and protests against the lifting of subsidies. But, there was still hope.

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