Politics and Social Justice

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COVID-19 and the Economic Agenda

What advanced countries can and should do to help the developing world and emerging markets recover from the pandemic and its economic aftermath.

Covid vaccine vials
Advance Global Access to Vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic requires multilateral solutions to contain the current virus and strengthen health systems for future outbreaks.

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How Do We Define Global Norms for Freedom of Expression?

A new book from President Lee C. Bollinger and Agnès Callamard examines how free speech is defined and upheld around the world.




Preserving intellectual property barriers to covid-19 vaccines is morally wrong and foolish

Joseph Stiglitz along with Lori Wallach argue that the United States should agree to a temporary waiver on intellectual property for covid-related medicines.

The Washington Post
April 26, 2021

U.S. Steel’s Far-Off Emissions Goal Requires Radical Overhaul

Researchers from Columbia's Center on Global Energy Policy found that steelmaking is one of the world’s most polluting industries.

April 21, 2021

Alexei Navalny's Death Could Harden Vladimir Putin's Resolve

Professor Timothy Frye notes that Alexei Navalny is more of a threat to Putin than previous opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in 2015.

April 21, 2021

Official Censorship Should Have No Place in the Digital Public Square

The Knight First Amendment Institute's Jameel Jaffer and Katie Fallow write about the  impact of their free speech and social media case, Knight Institute vs. Trump.

The New York Times
April 7, 2021

Social Justice

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Toward a More Just and Inclusive Society

SIPA faculty scholars and practitioners are working across disciplines to tackle the most complicated social issues of our day.

George Floyd protest in Brooklyn
Reactions to the Chauvin Trial Guilty Verdict

Columbia faculty and students weigh in on what the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial means for future police prosecutions and racial justice in the United States.



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Explainer: How ‘Technical Violations’ Drive Incarceration

Justice Lab's Vincent Schiraldi writes about how technical violations during probation and parole can have lasting consequences.

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Innovate Criminal Justice Reform

Substantial change is long overdue in the United States, but the new administration can take these three steps to remedy past injustices.




Julissa Reynoso Pantaleo
Columbia Trustee Named Chief of Staff to Jill Biden

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleón, a Columbia Law School graduate, has traveled the path from humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic to the upper echelons of diplomatic service.

Knight Institute blog
A Promising First Step Towards Curtailing Social Media Surveillance

Xiangnong (George) Wang, a Knight First Amendment Institute fellow, writes on how the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs rejected a proposed expansion of dangerous screening and vetting policy.

Five students from Columbia's SIPA working on global public policy
SIPA Students Present Policy Proposals

The 2021 Global Public Policy Network conference and competition among students at peer schools worldwide addressed “The Crisis of Globalization as We Know It.”

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6 Women in Energy Leaders Outline How to Make the Field More Equitable

Members of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy's Women in Energy program speak about their hopes for a more equitable future.