Margaret Hodge: Labour MP

Margaret Hodge is a Member of UK Parliament affiliated with the Labour Party. She spoke with the HPR about her efforts to revamp taxation policies in the UK. HPR: You are currently the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. What would you say were some of your greatest accomplishments while on this committee? MH: We … Read more

Double Down: An Inside Look at the 2012 Election

In 2010, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann released their book Game Change, which told the behind-the-scenes story of all of the campaigns in the 2008 presidential election. The book was extraordinarily well-received, inspiring an award-winning HBO movie and setting a new standard for presidential campaign books. Now, four years later, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann … Read more

New Dean Rakesh Khurana: In His Own Words

In a letter to students Wednesday afternoon, Interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister announced the selection of a new dean, Professor Rakesh Khurana, currently Co-Master of Cabot House. Professor Khurana will start as dean on July 1. The Harvard Gazette has an official announcement of the news with an extensive write-up of Khurana’s background. His … Read more

A Very Narrow Bridge: The Open Hillel Debate

“We have drawn that line. We are unwavering.” “That line” is the one between Zionist and anti-Zionist groups, and the man drawing it is Eric Fingerhut. Fingerhut is the president of Hillel International, an organization that oversees Jewish centers of campus life for hundreds of colleges in the world. Now, Fingerhut has threatened to expel … Read more

The Bioterrorist Threat

Contrary to popular belief, the use of biological weapons is not a modern occurrence. The first documented case of biological weapons occurred in Europe in 1346 when the bubonic plague was used as an agent. The invading Tartar Mongol army from Asia catapulted plague-ridden corpses into the besieged city of Caffa on the Crimean Sea. … Read more

Tom Countryman: Assistant Secretary of State

Tom Countryman has served in the State Department’s Foreign Service since 1982 and currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation. He has held overseas posts in Yugoslavia, Egypt, Italy, and Greece, as well as several positions in the State Department dealing with Near East and South Asian affairs. Mr. Countryman speaks … Read more

Alex Burns ’08: Smarter Intelligence

Alex Burns is a senior political reporter for Politico. He published this article about changes to the leadership of U.S. intelligence agencies after 9/11 in the Fall 2004 issue of the Harvard Political Review, when he was a contributing writer. Burns graduated from Harvard in 2008. On July 22, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks … Read more