Structure

Health Economist sends memo to U.S. Treasury Secretary-Urgent Need for Changes in Health Reform Implementation

Healthcare reform

Memo review by Oriol Solé Borràs, HSPH Masters candidate, 2021

David Cutler, a Harvard health economist and an advisor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign sent in May 2010 a memo to Larry Summers, the Treasury Secretary at that time, arguing that the White House had the wrong team in charge of health reform, and they needed to overhaul their implementation strategy.... Read more about Health Economist sends memo to U.S. Treasury Secretary-Urgent Need for Changes in Health Reform Implementation

Memo from Director of U.S. Dept. of Interior RE: Recycling and Reduction of Disposable Plastic Bottles in Parks

    Plastic Bottles in trash

Memo review by César Monarrez, 2021 MBA/MPA candidate, MIT Sloan and HKS

The National Parks Service (NPS) memo PM 11-03 regarding disposable water bottle policies is a mildly compelling document that, despite having some noteworthy elements, loses potential impact due to a lack of urgency and a muddled argument structure.... Read more about Memo from Director of U.S. Dept. of Interior RE: Recycling and Reduction of Disposable Plastic Bottles in Parks

Murrow, Kennedy and memos on Cuba

Kennedy Coin

Memo Review by Lauren Brodsky, HKS Lecturer

Sitting slightly reclined, with a steady stream of cigarette smoke visible to the viewer, esteemed journalist Edward R. Murrow faces a television screen with a view of a Boston apartment. It is 1953. Murrow is interviewing junior Senator John F. Kennedy, and his wife, Jackie, for the show People to People.... Read more about Murrow, Kennedy and memos on Cuba

"Reinvigoration of Human Rights Policy"

Globe and many faces

Memo Review by Andreas L. Hahn, 2020 Fletcher MALD Candidate


(Memorandum From the Deputy Secretary of State (Clark) and the Under Secretary of State for Management (Kennedy) to Secretary of State Haig[1], 26 October 1981)

The memo on the “Reinvigoration of Human Rights Policy” left an impact on me because it distilled abstract concepts in a persuasive way. But what made this particular memo stick, compared to an abundance of other memos on the topic?... Read more about "Reinvigoration of Human Rights Policy"