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Human rights during the coronavirus pandemic

During a virtual event at Perry World House, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, spoke to PWH interim director Michael Horowitz about the importance of centering human rights and about holding governments accountable in a time of pandemic.

Kristen de Groot

Nuclear weapons in an age of emerging technologies

As part of a weeklong residency at Perry World House, Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, spoke on the impact artificial intelligence and other technologies have on nuclear risk.

Kristen de Groot



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The Washington Post

How can Trump fight the pandemic when he’s chasing experts out of government?

John Gans of Perry World House wrote about the administration’s removal of “disloyal” civil servants and the effect on the effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. “This sort of purge is undermining government at a time when it is needed most,” he wrote.

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NPR

Impeachment check-in: President Trump’s defense and Bolton’s book

John Gans of the Perry World House joined a conversation about the presidential impeachment trial.

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The Washington Post

War with Iran is still less likely than you think

Michael Horowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences and Perry World House wrote about tensions with Iran in the wake of the U.S. attack that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani. “There will no doubt be consequences—but general war remains unlikely,” Horowitz and his co-author Elizabeth Saunders wrote.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump’s threat to strike Iranian cultural sites puts him in league with ISIS, Taliban

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of Perry World House and Brian Daniels of the Penn Museum spoke about the administration’s threat to strike Iranian cultural sites. “Just the threat is quite amazing, coming from the president of the United States,” said Zeid.

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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

As the US, China, and Russia build new nuclear weapons systems, how will AI be built in?

Michael Horowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences and Perry World House contributed to an analysis of how automation is currently used in nuclear command and control systems and what might happen in the future if riskier forms of A.I. are implemented.

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The Washington Post

At the National Security Council, Trump loyalists are at war with career aides

John Gans of Perry World House wrote about the National Security Council, which he argues has become a battleground for the administration’s political ideology.

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