Interviews Articles

What do you see as key achievements in national security and foreign policy during your tenure under President Bush—and what do you see as key failures, regrets, or missed opportunities?

During the Bush Administration, we had numerous foreign policy achievements that helped advance freedom and democracy as well as champion the furthering of global health initiatives in Africa. For example, I was personally delighted when the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief came to fruition as the single largest monetary contribution from a foreign power to address the AIDS epidemic in Africa. We also created institutions in order to advance and protect the education and advancement of women across the globe.

By Condoleezza Rice  |  September 30, 2013

An interview with Heather Schmid and Dr. Rafay Mehdi

Heather Schmid is an international recording artist, pop star, and member of the Grammy Academy whose work has reached millions through live performances, recordings, YouTube clips, and other media.  Dr. Rafay Mehdi is an internationally-recognized MD who has taught medicine at Harvard University and been affiliated with Yale University and Boston University.  Together, they have founded Goddess, Inc. and the Neuroscience Media Group, which create uplifting entertainment designed to elevate discourse, bridge cultures, and foster international cooperation, goodwill, and peace.  Goddess, Inc. and the Neuroscience Media group practice actionable idealism: they match their values with practical strategies designed to realize their vision.  Their latest project, a song entitled “Pelay hum Pakistani hey,” will combine the musical traditions of Pakistan’s many cultures to foster greater national unity.

By HIR Interviews  |  April 29, 2013

GREG STONE works as a Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientist for Oceans at Conservation International. As an oceanographer, he has logged over 7000 dives in all oceans. He has led expeditions for National Geographic to Antarctica, Thailand, and many Pacific Islands, and has authored hundreds of publications, including in Nature, National Geographic Magazine and Science.

By Barrett Hansen  |  April 15, 2013

During his week-long visit at Harvard University in October of 2012, Douglas Alexander agreed to talk with the Harvard International Review about the European fiscal crisis, the state of the British economy, the job of opposition party leader David Cameron, as well as the foreign policy and security risks posed by Syria and Iran. As the EU begins its slow path to recover and Britain itself continues to face meager growth, Alexander has voiced strong opinions and clear policy suggestions for how to promote Britain’s shared interests with its global partners.

By Katya Johns  |  April 14, 2013

In 1992, a widely discussed set of peace agreements put an end to a prolonged civil war between El Salvador’s military and a united front of revolutionary guerrillas. The Chapultepec Peace Accords set the path for democratic consolidation by strengthening democratic institutions, limiting the role of the army in civilian politics, and transforming the guerrilla front into a peaceful and law-abiding political party. Since then, the small Central American country has been largely forgotten by the international community.

By Manuel A. Meléndez  |  February 11, 2013

Roberto D’Alimonte, a senior Italian political analyst and prominent journalist for Italy’s major financial newspaper Il Sol 24 Ore, recently spoke with the Harvard International Review to give his take on what to expect from Italy’s elections at the end of this month. A professor of political science at the Guido Carli University in Rome, his research focuses on reforming the Italian electoral process. He has worked with the OECD and has been head of the Italian Center for Electoral Studies since 2005. 

By Roberto D'Alimonte  |  February 9, 2013

RUCHIR SHARMA, head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley, deals a blow to many oft-hyped emerging markets in his new book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economics Miracles, published this year. Sharma says the BRIC countries are not where investors should be looking for opportunity. Only a few select countries meet his criteria as having the potential to be the next rising stars—Indonesia among them.

You described the past decade as “freaky,” as all countries grew. Can you place the progress of the BRIC countries into global perspective?

By Ruchir Sharma  |  January 31, 2013

As the world watched footage of Kim Jong-il's funeral, many were asking whether the emotions North Koreans displayed on camera were at all genuine. In your experience, what proportion of North Koreans are genuine devotees of the leadership?

By Ji Seong-Ho  |  December 1, 2012

You’ve referred to cultural understanding as something needed between Indonesia and the United States and that’s one of your focus areas under the Comprehensive Partnership. How’s it going so far?

By Scot Marciel  |  December 1, 2012

When Canada is mentioned in the international business press, it is often mentioned in a positive light. We read about Canada’s sound banking system and relatively low public debt or we hear about its GDP and employment growth that has outstripped other G7 countries. But could you give us a more complete picture? What is going well in Canada’s economy and what is going not-so-well?

By Winston Gee  |  July 11, 2012