Just a few weeks ago, the 2010 Global Philanthropy Forum convened in San Francisco. The three-day forum highlighted a number of key international challenges and opportunities facing investors and grant makers, NGOs and civil society, and multi-sector partnerships both public and private, as the industry of giving and receiving enters the second decade of the 21st century. While the overarching themes of the conference were … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: The 2010 Global Philanthropy Forum: Harnessing Technology for Change
Under the leadership, mission and vision of former U.S. President William J. Clinton, an admired global symbol of lifelong public service, this past weekend marked yet another milestone in inching the world towards a more peaceful and prosperous future for generations to come. Modeled after the wildly successful Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) held in New York City since 2005 during the opening of the U.N. … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: Unreasonable Ambition: The Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting in Miami
Time and again, I’ve clashed with friends and colleagues over the following question regarding the nature of authority and guiding U.S. security policy: who has the right to say what? The fact of the matter is that the explosion and reach of citizen journalism and commentary, made possible by the advent of the Internet, has unquestionably democratized the decision-making processes of the U.S. government. More: … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: Guiding U.S. National Security and Military Policy: Whose Opinion Matters?
In today’s International Herald Tribune, Candace Rondeaux and Nick Grono of the International Crisis Group argued that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should formalize their investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, now that the Taliban’s military chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been arrested in Pakistan. I believe formalizing such an investigation at this particular stage would be catastrophic in consequence, … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: The ICC and Afghanistan: A Moment of Opportunity for Justice
A Lesson in Realism and Resolve: What President Obama Can Learn From Lady Gaga It’s no secret that President Obama has spent much of his first year in the Oval Office attempting to build consensus across party lines, compromise with his critics, and put the united back into the United States of America. After pushing for collective action and progress, however, it turns out that … Continue reading Article by Rahim Kanani: A Lesson in Realism and Resolve
Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan: A Way Forward – Today, when we think of Afghanistan, a cauldron of chaos comes to mind: massive international counterinsurgency and counternarcotics operations, countless NGOs struggling to maintain neutrality and operational integrity amidst the militarization of aid and development, and the sheer deprivation of dignity suffered by the overly-occupied Afghan people, among other such indictments of the international community’s historic and … Continue reading Article by Rahim Kanani on international women’s day
In August 2009, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard C. Holbrooke told the New York Times that “concurrent with the insurgency is an information war,” as he discussed the new U.S. effort of up to $150 million a year (to be led by him) to counter the Taliban’s well-oiled propaganda machine. “We are losing that war,” he confessed. Now, seven months following the Times … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: Twittering in Pashto: A New U.S. Military Communications Strategy in Afghanistan?
Nearly two weeks ago, I wrote a piece describing the nationalism, pride and glory that ran through the veins of a nation as Alexandre Bilodeau brought Canada their first gold medal on native soil. I called such a victory the perfect storm that allowed us Canadians at home and abroad to embrace the identity of unapologetic champions — laying down our shields of humility and … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: The Quest for Greatness: Canada And the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
“The higher you rise, the harder it is for people to give you bad news, and the harder it is to find friends you can trust,” explained senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. “And thus your circle shrinks.” As that circle shrank for one individual, who rose from being a community organizer on the streets of Chicago to occupying the most coveted office in the … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: A Conversation With Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Advisor
When you blend together a deep sense of pluralistic tolerance, cross-cultural roots and practices, culture grounded in gratitude, and a degree of national pride balanced by a degree of national humility, your rather peaceful smoothie tastes a lot like my country, Canada. As a native of Vancouver now living in the United States, my identity, patched together as a cross-continent quilt, has roots in Uganda, … Continue reading Rahim Kanani: The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games: A Reflection from Abroad
“I believe the message of Islam is the dignity with which we must treat women in society…and I think it is correct that education dignifies women,” His Highness Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims, explained to a BBC reporter at the turn of the century. Like his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, who was once President of the League of … Continue reading Article by Rahim Kanani: The Aga Khan, Women and Development: The Path of Education
Rahim Kanani is a Research Associate in Justice and Human Rights at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked with with Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard School of Public Health’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard’s Pluralism Project, Amnesty International’s USA Headquarters, the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, … Continue reading Rahim Kanani at Huffington Post