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Established in 2000, the mission of the Harvard Kennedy School Review (KSR) was to publish articles that offer compelling analysis and insight and put forward pragmatic and innovative solutions for the major issues of our time. KSR sought to publish timely, provocative, important articles that influence policymakers and practitioners, stimulate public debate, and showcase the best work of Kennedy School students. KSR provided an opportunity for students to challenge, change, and influence the policy debate on crucial policy issues.

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The Need to Implement an Age Restriction on U.S. Dietary Supplements 


Young people are especially susceptible to abusing weight loss supplements. Age restrictions will protect them.

Business and Regulation

Medical Personnel Uninformed of Reproductive Law: How Bolivia’s Neglect for Abortion Rights is Endangering Pregnant Individuals


How difficult is it to get a legal abortion in Bolivia? Well, as shown by a recent ordeal an 11-year-old child had to go through, it took weeks of mass national protests, government intervention, and international media attention.


How Congress Should Regulate AI in the Short-term


Congress must take the existential risks of AI seriously and deploy pre-existing risk assessment tools and regulations to better understand, monitor, and mitigate those risks.

Science, Technology and Data

The Importance of Aggregate Climate Data for Global Climate Progress From Emerging Economies


Harmonized data lies at the heart of the climate agenda, but do we pay enough attention to the development of the figures that we see? Do we ever question how the figures are calculated?

Environment and Energy

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

A House Built on Sand: The Future of Privacy in the US


To borrow a famous legal quip, American privacy is protected merely by a thin layer of common decency, public policy, legislative safeguard, and judicial concern–a four-walled house built on, and of, sand.

Science, Technology and Data

Bridging the Information Gap: AI, Misinformation, and Global Education Reform


“For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving AI, we would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in exploring and developing human consciousness.” —Yuval Noah Harari1 In June 2020, the veritable explosion of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted more than 130 countries to issue a statement on the burgeoning […]

Global Governance, Climate Change, and International Security: Aligning Issues to Compel Action


Failure to recognize and manage the nexus of the relationship between climate and security could have significant ramifications in the future between and within countries and communities. Without considering these, efforts to promote sustainable development and peace may fall short.

International Relations and Security

The Army National Guard’s Recruiting Woes: An Experiment to Challenge the Status Quo and Offer Valuable Lessons


To improve recruiting effectiveness, the Army National Guard needs to reconsider its recruiter employment and development practices.

International Relations and Security

Sanctions: A Hammer for Every Nail


Given the complexity and scope of the issue, sanctions overcompliance can seem like an intractable problem. Each stakeholder is balancing high-stakes priorities: billions of dollars in assets, national security, political power, and life-saving humanitarian response. However, there are two immediate actions the U.S. government could take in the short-term to address overcompliance. 

International Relations and Security

Navigating the “Existential Vacuum:” Practical Strategies to Achieve Meaningful Leadership


In Viktor Frankl’s bestselling book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” he writes, in the context of the post-war era: “the existential vacuum is a widespread phenomenon of the twentieth century.” The vacuum itself is described as a state of meaninglessness, in which a person does not know exactly what they want, or what they want to […]

Superhumans Center: How One Prosthetics Clinic is Rebuilding Ukraine


More than 400 days ago, 39-year-old Petro Buriak was driving a truck abroad and dreaming about playing dolls with his 5-year-old daughter when his route brought him home to Ukraine. That all changed for Buriak and 41 million Ukrainians when Russian President Vladimir Putin did the unthinkable and launched a full-scale war in Ukraine on […]

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