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Interview with Karen Donfried: Russia-Ukraine War


On April 12, 2024, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor John McQuillan spoke with Karen Donfried, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

International Relations and Security

The State of Value-Based Care and Its Potential Effect on Maternal Health Disparities


The U.S. faces a maternal mortality crisis, particularly for women of color. We must take the tools and programs we know work, and broaden them to reach all women in need.


Duty and Liability: A Case for Preserving Qualified Immunity


While qualified immunity is invoked sparingly, its existence provides breathing room for public officials, particularly law enforcement officers to do their jobs effectively.

Fairness and Justice

Reviving Comstock: Unveiling the Anti-Abortion Strategy in Post-Roe America


The Comstock Act is a significant impediment to reproductive freedom and access to safe, effective abortions. Pro-choice stakeholders must recognize the urgency of addressing this outdated legislation that uses 1800s social standards to regulate the bodies of people in 2024.

Advocacy and Social Movements

American States Are Quietly Embracing the ‘Baby Bonds’ Revolution to Fight Inequality


As inequality rises because of the combined curse of growing inherited wealth and the perpetuation of the generational transmission of poverty, baby bonds appear to be a powerful tool to tackle one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Poverty, Inequality and Opportunity

Rethinking Local Economic Development: Why Should Local Governments Handle Tax Incentives with Care?


Evidence on the spillover effects of tax incentives is mixed and ambiguous while evidence on the impact of tax incentives on revenue loss for public services is clear. It is time for voters and politicians to use tax incentives with care, given their high costs and controversial benefits.

Development and Economic Growth

Examining the Unintended Impacts of the “Resort Zone Provision” in Honolulu, Hawaii…and a Potential Solution 


In Honolulu, Hawaii, land use laws have been leveraged as a tool to manage the impact of tourism on the city. These laws should be changed to offer greater protection to local residents.

Cities and Communities

Justice for…a Few: Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System of the United States


We need a system that protects minorities from being victims of unpunished crime and from criminalization. We must become a society that no longer takes skin color as a reason to justify the unjustifiable.

Fairness and Justice

Reproductive Rights Extend to Sexual Education As Well


Comprehensive sexual education empowers youth to exercise their sexual rights and allows for safer sexual practices in the future.


Interview with Niall Ferguson: U.S.-China Relations


On February 28, 2024, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Nikolas Neos spoke with Niall Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, about U.S.-China relations.

International Relations and Security

While House Republicans Sleep


Another American withdrawal from the world stage is threatening to imbalance the global order and throw Europe into a new age of darkness.

International Relations and Security

George Orwell’s Dystopian World is Coming to Life and the European AI Act Will Not Stop It: The Collection of Emotional Data by AI


As AI-based emotion recognition systems proliferate with little regulation, our feelings are transformed into data that can manipulate us, threatening a dystopian future where our mental privacy no longer exists.

Science, Technology and Data

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