Mathilde Montpetit

Mathilde Montpetit

Mathilde Montpetit is a regular contributor to the Harvard International Review Blog. Her blog focuses on human rights abuses, development issues and political upheaval, especially in the developing world. Her studies included economics, anthropology, and environmental science, especially in relation to sustainable development. In her spare time, she enjoys contemporary British literature, playing violin, and going to places where she doesn’t speak the language. She currently resides in Cambridge, MA.

Blog posts by Mathilde Montpetit

Women Making Democracy

March 29th-30th, 2012

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


This article was jointly drafted by John Corbett, Mathilde Montpetit, and Sarah Moon.


The “Women Making Democracy” conference held by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on March 29th and 30th attempted to examine the role of women in the Arab Spring from a variety of angles. Its panelists drew from a refreshingly diverse variety of fields; though the majority of speakers were academics, a Gallup pollster, a UN official, and the playwright Ibrahim El-Husseini—whose play “Comedia Al-Ahzaan” (Comedy of Sorrows) attempted to offer an aesthetic nuance to an otherwise conventional discussion—also took part.

By Mathilde Montpetit  |  August 29, 2012  | 

NASA’s glory days are over. Since the end of the space shuttle, the world’s fascination with space and its exploration has begun to wane. In tough economic times, it has become increasingly difficult to justify NASA’s extravagant budget, while other more socially relevant programs have gotten the axe. What, then, is the future of space exploration? Is it to discover how to make space tourism a viable option? Exploit space’s natural resources for consumption? No one is quite sure how to profit from space yet, but there are certainly many ambitious (and incredibly wealthy) entrepreneurs out there who see space as what it is: the largest unexploited resource in, well, the universe.

By Mathilde Montpetit  |  April 2, 2012  | 

“Abortion is murder!”--a common enough slogan among pro-life advocates in the United States—arouses a powerful emotional response on both sides of the issue. For some, it reflects a sincerely held belief; for others, it offends a woman’s right to choose; but for doctors in Zambia, it reflects a harsh legal reality. In this country of thirteen million in southern Africa, doctors who perform abortions can be – and often are – charged with murder.

By Mathilde Montpetit  |  February 14, 2012  |