Political Empowerment

Continuing Conflict: Old Challenges and New Debates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
The course focuses on two theaters of continuing conflict: Afghanistan and the Sahel region in Africa, the world’s most conflict heavy region. Collaborating with UN Security Council non-permanent members, this class will examine these recent conflicts, its impact on women, and the role of women as peace builders. From the denial of women's and girl's education in the recent Taliban takeover in Afghanistan to Africa’s Sahel region’s climate collapse which has impacted a gathering...
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Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto

Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013-2020)
Weissman Fellow in Leadership, Weissman Center for Leadership, Mt. Holyoke College
WAPPP Leader in Practice and Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership, HKS
Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto served as the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico from 2013 to 2020. During her tenure, Cruz worked tirelessly to help her city...
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Q&A: Zoe Marks and Charli Carpenter

Q&A: Zoe Marks and Charli Carpenter

December 10, 2021

Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Charli Carpenter, International Security Program Fellow and Professor in the Political Science Department at University of Massachusetts-Amherst,  share their thoughts on how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the war in general, has impacted Afghan women, and what the women themselves and others can do to improve their situation. 

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Can 3.5 Percent Save the Planet?

Can 3.5 Percent Save the Planet?

November 8, 2021

Environmental movements have shifted public awareness about climate change. How many more people will need to join them for their demands to be met? "This comes from the work of the political scientist Erica Chenoweth, whose research found that nonviolent movements require the active participation of at least 3.5 percent of a population in order to achieve serious political change."

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