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Special Interests’ Hold on State Courts: The Need for a Fourth Wave of Judicial Election Reform


History presents a clear lesson: when judicial independence and competence wanes, it’s time for meaningful reform.

Democracy and Governance

The Case for Expungement of Cannabis Drug Charges Amid Its Widespread Legalization


Marijuana is both a widely used medicinal depressant and recreational drug in the twenty-first century. Older and younger people alike are drawn to the natural psychoactive drug, making it near-impossible to live in a major city without catching a whiff of its pungent, sulfurous perfume. However, with its spread into modern culture and widespread legalization […]

Taking up Space: Mental Health, Representation, and the Asian American Experience


This piece was published in the 33rd digital volume of the Asian American Policy Review. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. AAPR: Can you tell us a bit about your book Permission to Come Home and the inspiration behind it? WANG: The inspiration for my work came from the realization, through the […]

Policing a Pandemic in Rural India: From Enforcement to Engagement


Throughout this spring of 2023, the world is witnessing a global surge in COVID cases, driven by variants of the virus such as the XBB.1.16 strain in India and the XBB.1.15 in the United States.1 The COVID crisis has glaringly underscored the need for nation states to prepare for the advent of global pandemics. Lockdowns […]

Ten Years After Oak Creek: Federal Policy Recommendations to Protect Communities Targeted by Hate 


One decade on, it is essential to revisit the 2012 attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin–and to reflect on what more we must do to better protect our communities from similar horrific violence.

Gender, Race and Identity

Ghana’s Vice President charts a new course for Africa’s growth on its own terms


Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, addressed the African Development Conference organized by Harvard Kennedy School’s Africa Caucus and Harvard Law Students Association in Cambridge,Massachusetts, emphasizing the importance of Africa charting its own course towards a more prosperous and inclusive future. The conference’s theme, “Reimagining Africa’s growth on our terms,” was described as timely and […]

International Relations and Security

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador Urges Africa’s Seat at the Table and an End to US Sanctions


Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Tadeous Chifamba, recently spoke with the Africa Policy Journal in an exclusive interview, discussing various issues related to Africa’s relationships with superpowers. Ambassador Chifamba emphasized the importance of Africa being seen as an equal partner, rather than prey, and having a seat at the table. The interview was […]

Businesses Benefit by Hiring People with Criminal Records


In 2019, Zach Moore was a new software engineer at a San Francisco-based tech company. He showed up to work early, walked around the neighborhood, and cleared his head. Incarcerated at age 15, Zach learned how to quiet his mind while spending 22 years in prison. For decades, he worked on himself and helped others […]

Fairness and Justice

The Police Mitra: Achieving Innovative Justice in India


Police play a pivotal role in maintaining and strengthening internal security in India. To be effective, police must win and hold the trust of the people. Traditionally, Indian police forces follow Criminal Procedure Code, the Indian Penal Code, and other federal and state laws. Under this model, police faithfully register and investigate offenses reported by […]

Fairness and Justice

A Cure Against Conversion Therapy in Singapore?


Lawyer and activist Daryl Yang discusses how a consumer protection approach to conversion therapy might offer a balanced alternative to legislative change that permits individual choice whilst protecting against misleading claims.

Gender, Race and Identity

African health conference sparks conversation on healthcare development in Africa


The Harvard Chan School of Public Health recently hosted the first-ever Africa Health Conference from February 18th to 19th, 2023, bringing together students, faculty, activists, global health leaders, and a community of scholars. Organized by the Harvard Chan Africa Health Students Forum, the conference aimed to celebrate successes in healthcare across the continent while also […]

Net Zero Racism

Net Zero Racism: A call for a global framework and urgent action to end racism worldwide


“I can’t breathe,” said a dying 46-year-old George Floyd as a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on his neck for nine and a half minutes until he died. It was a murder that shook the entire world, sparking global outrage and spotlighting the insidious spectre of racism in modern America.  Over […]

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