|United States Ambassador to the United Nations
September 21, 1970 |
|Spouse(s)||Cass Sunstein (m. 2008; 2 children)|
|Alma mater||Yale University
Samantha Power (born September 21, 1970) is an Irish American academic and writer, and, following an appointment by President Barack Obama on June 5, 2013, the nominee to be the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
She began her career by covering the Yugoslav Wars as a journalist. From 1998 to 2002 Power served as the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she later served as the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy. She was a senior adviser to Senator Barack Obama until March 2008, when she resigned from his presidential campaign under controversy.
Power joined the Obama State Department transition team in late November 2008, and was named Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council — responsible for running the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights — positions that she held from January 2009 to March 2013. In April 2012, Obama chose her to chair a newly formed Atrocities Prevention Board. During her time in office, Power’s office focused on such issues as the reform of the UN; the promotion of women's rights and LGBT rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; the protection of refugees; the campaign against human trafficking; and the promotion of human rights and democracy, including in the Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, and Burma. She is considered to be a key figure within the Obama administration in persuading the president to intervene militarily in Libya.
Power has written or co-edited four books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, a study of the U.S. foreign policy response to genocide.
Life and career
Raised in Ireland until she was nine, Power lived in Castleknock, Dublin until her parents emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1979. She attended Lakeside High School in Atlanta, where she was a member of the cross country team and the basketball team. She subsequently graduated from Yale University.
When she returned to the United States, she attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1999. The following year, she published her first book, Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact (edited with Graham Allison), a compilation of essays by leading human-rights scholars and practitioners. Her second book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, grew out of a paper she wrote while attending law school. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize in 2003. It offers a survey of the origin of the word genocide, the major genocides of the 20th century, as well as an analysis of some of the underlying reasons for the persistent failure of governments and the international community to collectively identify, recognize and then respond effectively to genocides ranging from the Armenian Genocide to the Rwandan Genocide. This work and related writings have been criticized by the historian Howard Zinn for downplaying the importance of "unintended" and "collateral" civilian deaths that could be classified as genocidal; and by Edward S. Herman and Joseph Nevins
Power is a scholar of U.S. foreign policy, especially as it relates to human rights and genocide. From 1998 to 2002 Power served as the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she later served as the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy.
In 2004, Power was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world that year. In fall 2007, she began writing a regular column for Time. Power appears in Charles Ferguson's 2007 documentary about the war in Iraq, No End in Sight, which alleges numerous missteps by the Bush administration.
Power spent 2005–06 working in the office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama as a foreign policy fellow, where she was credited with sparking and directing Obama's interest in the Darfur conflict. She served as a senior foreign policy adviser to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, but stepped down after referring to Hillary Clinton as "a monster". Power apologized for the remarks made in an interview with The Scotsman in London, and resigned from the campaign shortly thereafter.
Her third book, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, was released on February 14, 2008. It concerns Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Nations Special Representative in Iraq who was killed in the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad along with Jean-Sélim Kanaan, Nadia Younes, Fiona Watson, and other members of his staff, on the afternoon of August 19, 2003. The book was the basis for the documentary film Sergio, directed by Greg Barker and edited by Karen Schmeer.
Her fourth book, The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (edited with Derek Chollet), is an edited compilation of writings by Holbrooke's friends and colleagues, along with notable essays by Holbrooke himself.
On July 4, 2008, Power married law professor Cass Sunstein, whom she met while working on the Obama campaign. They were married in the Church of Mary Immaculate, near Waterville on the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. On April 24, 2009, she gave birth to their first child, Declan Power Sunstein. On June 1, 2012, she gave birth to their second child, a daughter, Rían Power Sunstein.
Alongside her advocacy for Barack Obama's candidacy, Power is best known for her efforts to increase public awareness of genocide and human rights abuses, particularly in the Darfur conflict. In 2006, she contributed to Screamers, a movie about the Darfur, Armenian, and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. While Power was a leading voice calling for armed intervention to prevent mass atrocities in the Balkans and Libya. she emphasizes that the U.S. has many non-military options for responding: "If you think of foreign policy as a toolbox, there are a whole range of options—you can convene allies, impose economic sanctions, expel ambassadors, jam hate radio. There is always something you can do."
Her advocacy of humanitarian intervention has been criticized for being tendentious and militaristic, for answering a "problem from hell" with a "solution from hell." Furthmore, Power's advocacy of deploying the United States armed forces to combat human rights abuses runs contrary to the idea that the main purpose of the military is the furnishment of national defense.
Some individuals have accused Power of being hostile towards Israel, largely on the basis of statements she made in a 2002 interview with Harry Kreisler. When asked what advice she would give to the president if either the Israelis or Palestinians looked "like they might be moving toward genocide." Power said that the U.S. might consider the deployment of a "mammoth protection force" to monitor developments between the Israelis and Palestinians. She characterized it as a regrettable but necessary "imposition of a solution on unwilling parties," and "the lesser of evils." She clarified that remark on several occasions, including in an interview with Haaretz correspondent Shmuel Rosner in August 2008. Many strong supporters of Israel have dismissed the charge that she is not a friend of Israel, including Alan Dershowitz, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Martin Peretz, and Max Boot. Boteach, who recently ran as a Republican congressional candidate in New Jersey, recalled that "she rejected utterly the notion she had any animus toward Israel [during their conversation]. She acknowledged that she had erred significantly in offering hypothetical comments that did not reflect how she felt." In an article that he published after her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the UN, he stated that "as a Jew I am in awe of Samantha's achievement in emerging as the foremost voices against genocide in our time and I absolutely believe in her strong commitment to Israel's long-term security." According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "[a]fter joining the Obama team in 2009 as a member of the National Security Council — a post she left in February — she assuaged many concerns [about her commitment to Israel], first by joining [Susan] Rice in taking the lead against the singling out of Israel at the United Nations. It was Power's call, ultimately, to keep the United States out of Durban II, a 2009 reprise of the 2001 conference on racism in South Africa that devolved into a festival of Israel bashing." Power's best known book, A Problem from Hell, does not discuss Israel.
2008 presidential campaign
Power was an early and outspoken supporter of Barack Obama. When she joined the Obama campaign as a foreign policy advisor, Men's Vogue described her as a "Harvard brainiac who can boast both a Pulitzer Prize and a mean jump shot (ask George Clooney). Now the consummate outsider is working on her inside game: D.C. politics." 
In August 2007 Power authored a memo titled "Conventional Washington versus the Change We Need," in which she provided one of the first comprehensive statements of Obama's approach to foreign policy. In the memo she writes: "Barack Obama's judgment is right; the conventional wisdom is wrong. We need a new era of tough, principled and engaged American diplomacy to deal with 21st century challenges."
In February and March 2008, Power began an international book tour to promote her book, Chasing the Flame. Because of her involvement in the Obama campaign, many of the interviews she gave revolved around her and Barack Obama's foreign-policy views, as well as the 2008 campaign.
On February 21, Power appeared on Charlie Rose and compared Barack Obama to Sergio Vieira de Mello, who is the subject of Chasing the Flame. "This would be Sergio's lesson: if you are not thinking in terms of both dignity and freedom from fear, and this is the other thing Obama has come back to, the old Rooseveltian idea. Obama has tried to run a campaign that moves us out of the politics of fear. He is also very sensitive to the degree to which, and Sergio uses this line, 'fear is a bad adviser.' This is a line that could have come out of Obama's mouth, though happened to come out of Sergio's mouth. We make bad judgments when we are afraid."
Power appeared on BBC's HARDtalk on March 6, stating that Barack Obama's pledge to "have all U.S. combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months" was a "best case scenario" that "he will revisit when he becomes president." Challenged by the host as to whether this contradicted Obama's campaign commitment, she responded, "You can’t make a commitment in March 2008 about what circumstances will be like in January 2009.... He will, of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator. He will rely upon a plan — an operational plan — that he pulls together in consultation with people who are on the ground to whom he doesn’t have daily access now, as a result of not being the president."  She concluded by saying that "what we can take seriously is that he will try to get U.S. forces out of Iraq as quickly and responsibly as possible." In February 2009, Obama announced that the U.S. would end combat operations in Iraq by August 31, 2010 and withdraw all U.S. soldiers by the end of 2011. The U.S. formally ended its mission in Iraq on December 15 of that year.
In a March 6 interview with The Scotsman, she said: "We fucked up in Ohio. In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win". "She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything... if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."
Power apologized for the remarks on the night of the March 6 interview, saying that they "do not reflect my feelings about Sen. Clinton, whose leadership and public service I have long admired," and telling Irish TV reporter Michael Fisher: "Of course I regret them. I can't even believe they came out of my mouth....in every public appearance I've ever made talking about Senator Clinton, I have sung her praises as the leader she has been, the intellect. She's also incredibly warm, funny....I wish I could go back in time." The next day, in the wake of reaction to the remarks, she resigned from the Obama campaign.  Soon afterward, the Weekly Standard said that it "might have been the most ill-starred book tour since the invention of movable type."
Following her resignation, she also appeared on The Colbert Report on March 17, 2008, saying, "can I just clarify and say, I don't think Hillary Clinton is a monster...we have three amazing candidates left in the race." When Power later joined the State Department transition team, an official close to the transition said Power had apologized and that her "gesture to bury the hatchet" with Clinton had been well received. Power attended Clinton's swearing-in ceremony on February 2 and collaborated with her during her four-year tenure as Secretary of State.
After the 2008 presidential election, Power returned to Obama's team, becoming a member of the transition team, working for the Department of State and the U.S. Mission to the UN. In January 2009 President Obama appointed Power to the National Security Council Staff, where she served as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director running the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.
Upon her departure from the White House to take up the posıtıon as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Mike Abramowitz, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide said: "There is a small group of people that really care about genocide prevention and prevention of mass atrocities, and we all appreciate that we had a real champion for those issue at the highest levels of government. She worked very hard to strengthen the interagency treatment of these issues, and she had a great deal of passion for those issues, and she brought that passion to the government."
Advocate for military intervention in Libya
Samantha Power is considered to be a key figure within the Obama administration in persuading the president to intervene militarily in Libya. Power argues that America has a moral obligation to examine all tools in the toolbox (diplomatic, economic, political, and military) to respond to mass atrocity, and she has argued that there may be circumstances in which military intervention may be appropriate to prevent genocides. Within the White House, Power strongly pressed for U.S. intervention on humanitarian grounds. She has been described as instrumental in convincing Obama to push for a UN Security Council resolution to authorize a coalition military force to protect Libyan civilians. Power has previously argued that "you don't get any extra credit for doing the right thing". "It's up to us" to change that calculus, she said. "My prescription," she said, "would be that the level of American and international engagement would ratchet up commensurate with the abuse on the ground."
Nomination as U.S. ambassador to the UN
On June 5, 2013, the President Barack Obama announced her nomination as the new United States Ambassador to the United Nations. In remarks at the announcement, Power said: "Even as a little girl with a thick Dublin accent who had never been to America, I knew that the American flag was the symbol of fortune and of freedom....I came home from school every day, as my mother can attest, my dad can attest, and I sat in front of the mirrors for hours, straining to drop my brogue so that I, too, could quickly speak and be American."
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said: "I support President Obama's nomination of Samantha Power to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. I believe she is well-qualified for this important position and hope the Senate will move forward on her nomination as soon as possible." Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called her "solid choice to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. As United Nations Ambassador, Samantha Power will aggressively represent the United States interests in an increasingly hostile body. Power will also be a strong supporter of our close friend and ally Israel. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said that he is "very encouraged by the president's appointment." Dennis Ross stated that "Sam Power brings lots of experience to the job and will be a powerful voice representing America's interests and values." Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote: "We are pleased that President Obama has nominated a true champion of human rights who led the effort to make averting genocide and atrocities a core part of American policy to head the U.S. delegation at the United Nations...She experienced first-hand the hostility faced by Israel and the abuse of the U.N. bodies to promote anti-Israel bias. As someone who appreciates, to the core of her being, the meaning of international human rights mechanisms, Samantha is clear eyed and understands the injustice of their abuse to target Israel's legitimacy." Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, noted that "Samantha Power and I have worked closely over the last four years on issues vital to Israel's security. She thoroughly understands those issues and cares deeply about them." Professor Dershowitz reiterated his strong support for Power: "She's a perfect choice. A perfect choice. She has real credibility to expose the U.N.'s double standard on human rights. She also understands the principle of 'the worst first'—you go after the worst human rights abusers first." The Director of the Israel Project, Josh Block, noted that "Samantha has made a commendable effort to build ties with the pro-Israel community and develop deeper appreciation of the issues vital to our interests in the region, Israel's security, and the U.S.-Israel relationship.
In her role at the NSC, she also helped lead the administration's efforts opposing the Palestinian bid to circumvent peace negotiations with Israel with unilateralism at the U.N." The Jewish Council for Public Affairs noted that it has "worked closely with Samantha Power over the years in her roles as journalist, activist, and government official. Power has been a critical voice on human rights issues and we are very proud of our joint work to confront atrocities, including that in Darfur and the ongoing crisis in Sudan." The President of the Rabbinical Assembly, Gerald Skolnik, said that the Assembly "look[s] forward to working with Samantha Power in her new role as UN Ambassador on our mutual interests of defending universal human rights and Israeli security. The Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Steven Burg, tweeted that she is a "great choice." The National Jewish Democratic Council said that "Power, the country's foremost scholar on genocide and an outspoken advocate for human rights, represents some of the Jewish community's most important values." A recently posted document gives several examples of pro-Israel, Republican support for her.
- The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (coeditor with Derek Chollet, 2011) ISBN 1610390784
- Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008) ISBN 1-59420-128-5
- A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (2002) ISBN 0-06-054164-4
- Realizing Human Rights : Moving from Inspiration to Impact (coeditor, 2000) ISBN 0-312-23494-5
- "The Enforcer: A Christian Lawyer's Global Crusade," The New Yorker, January 19, 2009
- "Is Humanitarian Intervention Dead?" Slate, September 29, 2008.
- "For Terrorists, a War on Aid Groups," The New York Times, August 19, 2008.
- "The Democrats and National Security," The New York Review of Books, August 14, 2008.
- "Saving Zimbabwe," Time, July 3, 2008.
- "Rethinking Iran," Time Magazine, January 17, 2008.
- "Access Denied," Time Magazine, September 27, 2007.
- "The Void: Why the Movement Needs Help," New Republic, May 15, 2006.
- "Punishing Evildoers," Washington Post, April 23, 2006.
- Abramowitz, Morton, and Power, Samantha. "Democrats: Get Loud, Get Angry!" The Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2006.
- "Missions," New Yorker, November 28, 2005.
- "Talk of the Town: Boltonism," New Yorker, March 21, 2005.
- "It's Not Enough to Call It Genocide," Time, October 4, 2004.
- "Abramowitz, Morton, and Power, Samantha. "A Broken System," The Washington Post, September 13, 2004.
- "A Reporter at Large: Dying in Darfur," New Yorker, August 30, 2004.
- "Break Through to Darfur," By John Prendergast and Samantha Power, The Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2004.
- "The Lesson of Hannah Arendt," The New York Review of Books, April 29, 2004.
- "Remember Rwanda, but Take Action in Sudan," The New York Times, April 6, 2004.
- "Unpunishable," The New Republic, January 12, 2004.
- "How To Kill A Country," Atlantic Monthly, December, 2003.
- "The AIDS Rebel," The New Yorker, May 19, 2003.
- "Robbing the Dead," The New York Times, February 23, 2003.
- "Rwanda: The Two Faces of Justice," The New York Review of Books, January 16, 2003.
- "First, Do No Harm," The Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2002.
- "Bystanders to Mass Murder," The Washington Post, April 21, 2002.
- "Genocide and America," The New York Review of Books, March 24, 2002.
- "Witness to Horrors," The Washington Post, February 10, 2002.
- "Bystanders to Genocide," Atlantic Monthly, September, 2001.
White House Blog Posts
- "U.S. Leadership to Advance Equality for LGBT People Abroad," December 13, 2012.
- "Supporting Human Rights in Burma," November 9, 2012.
- "President Obama Directs New Atrocity Prevention Measures," August 6, 2011.
- "Announcing HumanRights.gov," April 11, 2011.
- "Transparency Gone Global," March 22, 2011.
- "A U.S.-India Partnership on Open Government," November 7, 2010.
- "A Landmark Achievement for Human Rights: The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association," September 30, 2010.
- "President Obama Meets the Peacekeepers," September 24, 2009.
- Donilon to Resign as National Security AdvisorNew York Times, Mark Landler Published: June 5, 2013
- Still Crusading, but Now on the InsideNew York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg Published: March 29, 2011
- Sheehy, Clodagh (November 29, 2008). "welcome: IRISHwoman who resigned is back on obama's team after labelling hillary a 'monster'". Evening Herald (Dublin). Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
- Zinn, Howard (August 21, 2007). "On Terror". ZNet. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
- Herman, Edward (August 27, 2007). "Response to Zinn on Samantha Power". ZNet. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
- Nevins, Joseph (May 20, 2002). "Review of "A Problem from Hell"". The Nation. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
- "TIME 100: Samantha Power". Time. April 19, 2003. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "The Radical Roots of Barack Obama", Rolling Stone
- Peev, Gerri, "'Hillary Clinton's a monster': Obama aide blurts out attack in Scotsman interview", Scotsman, 07 March 2008
- Cara Buckley (2008-03-16). "A Monster of a Slip". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Anne Lucey (2008-07-04). "From campaigns to champagne as friends of Obama tie the knot". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- "New Baby for New D.C. Power Couple". The Washington Post.
- Gott, Richard (January 17, 2007). "Britain's vote to end its slave trade was a precursor to today's liberal imperialism". The Guardian (London). Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Celestine Bohlen, "On a Mission to Shine a Spotlight on Genocide; Samantha Power's Mind Leaps From Bosnia to Iraq," The New York Times, February 5, 2003.
- Stephen Wertheim, "A solution from hell: the United States and the rise of humanitarian interventionism, 1991–2003," Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 12, No. 3-4, 2010.
- Obama`s top adviser says does not believe in imposing a peace settlement by Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz, August 27, 2008.
- Alan Dershowitz, "Samantha Power Will Wow Them at the United Nations," Huffington Post, June 5, 2013.
- Shmuley Boteach, "Samantha Power Clarifies Her Comments on Israel," The Algemeiner, April 11, 2011.
- Martin Peretz, "Samantha Power Is A Friend of Israel," The New Republic, December 4, 2008.
- Max Boot, "Defending Samantha Power Again," Commentary Magazine, February 29, 2008.
- Shmuley Boteach, "Defending Samantha Power on Israel," Huffington Post, June 6, 2013.
- Ron Kampeas, "In new White House role, Israel will still keep Susan Rice busy," JTA, June 5, 2013.
- Samantha Power, the outsider with a jump shot, is working on her inside game: D.C. politics: Crime + Politics: mensvogue.com
- "Campaign Memo: "Barack Obama Was Right"". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "A conversation with Samantha Power". Charlie Rose. February 21, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
- Issues: Iraq - Obama'08 (campaign web site)
- HARDtalk: Samantha Power - BBC News: Programmes 2008-03-06
- Power on Obama's Iraq plan: "best case scenario" - Politico: Ben Smith (weblog) 2008-03-07
- "Hillary Clinton's a monster': Obama aide blurts out attack in Scotsman interview" - The Scotsman 2008-03-06
- Political Punch
- 'Obama aide forced out for calling Clinton "a monster"'
- "Power Outage", Weekly Standard, March 17, 2008
- Lee, Matthew (January 29, 2009). "Samantha Power Returns: Professor Who Slammed Clinton Will Be Obama Aide". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
- Lee, Matthew (November 28, 2008). "Samantha Power Working On Obama's State Department Transition Team". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
- "Samantha Power '99 to join National Security Council". Harvard Law School. January 30, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
- Josh Rogin, "Samantha Power leaving White House," Foreign Policy, February 4, 2013.
- Terry Atlas (June 5, 2013). "Power Brings Passion to Stop Genocide as Obama’s UN Pick". bloomberg.com.
- Samantha Power Brings Activist Role Inside to Help Persuade Obama on Libyabloomberg.com, Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Hans Nichols - Mar 25, 2011
- Samantha Power: The voice behind Obama's Libya action Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers, Miami Herald, Friday, 03.25.11
- "Libya interventionist Samantha Power leaving White House". The Hill. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Colum Lynch (June 5, 2013). "Samantha Power's tough road to confirmation gets a bit easier". foreignpolicy.com.
- Mark Silva (June 7, 2013). "Graham: Power ‘Solid’ UN Choice". bloomberg.com.
- Haviv Rettig Gur, "Samantha Power gets early boost from pro-Israel voices," The Times of Israel, June 7, 2013.
- Terry Atlas, "Power Brings Passion to Stop Genocide as Obama's UN Pick," Bloomberg, June 6, 2013.
- "ADL Welcomes Nomination of Samantha Power as U.N. Ambassador," June 5, 2013.
- Mark Landler, "Choice for U.N. Post Gets Israeli Vote of Confidence," New York Times, June 7, 2013.
- Ron Kampeas, Power's interventionism thrills pro-Israel crowd — except when it's about Israel," JTA, June 7, 2013.
- Sara Fried, "Samantha Power the Right Choice for the Jewish Community," June 6, 2013.
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- Bio, from Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
- Power's profile at Harvard
- Samantha Power: Biography | PBS
- Power's White House profile
- Profile in "The FP 50: The 50 most powerful democrats on foreign policy," Foreign Policy, September 3, 2012.
- Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Still Crusading, but Now on the Inside," The New York Times, March 30, 2011.
- David Meadvin, profile of Samantha Power for "40 Under 40 International Development Leaders," 2010.
- Florence Avakian, "ANCA honors Samantha Power with its Freedom Award," The Armenian Reporter, September 20, 2008.
- Ethan Zuckerman, "TED2008: Samantha Power on stopping genocide," Zuckerman's blog, February 28, 2008.
- A League Of Her Own- Profile story from Men's Vogue
- Fun Couple of the 21st Century - Profile story from Esquire on Power and Cass Sunstein
- Romesh Ratnesar, "Samantha Power: Voice Against Genocide," Time, April 26, 2004.
- Celestine Bohlen, "On a Mission to Shine a Spotlight on Genocide; Samantha Power's Mind Leaps From Bosnia to Iraq," The New York Times, February 5, 2003.
- Samantha Power in conversation with Azar Nafisi at LIVE from the New York Public Library, February 21, 2008
- Interview on Sudan for guernicamag.com
- Interview at Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley
- Interview at IdentityTheory.com
- Interview with Harry Kreisler on Conversations with History about "Genocide and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Speech (Video) "Can Genocide Be Stopped in an Age of Terror?" Keynote address for the Witnessing Genocide Symposium, University of Oregon, April 28, 2007
- Interview with The Scotsman, that led to Ms. Power's resignation from the Obama campaign and apology.
- Interview in 02138 on Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, the purpose of the United Nations and Barack Obama
- Interview about Chasing the Flame on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, February 22, 2008 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- "Debate on U.S. Actions in the Balkans, the Independence of Kosovo, the Iraq Sanctions and Humanitarian Intervention": Samantha Power vs. Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now!, February 22, 2008 (video, audio, and print transcript)
- Interview for New Statesman on 6 March 2008.
- Review of Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Sara Arrow in The Current, a Columbia University journal
- Facing History and Ourselves: Facing History and Ourselves
- Booknotes interview with Samantha Power on A Problem From Hell, June 16, 2002.
- Human Rights and Imperialism David Rieff Interview
- Keynote address at the 2012 Human Rights Summit, The Newseum, December 4, 2012.
- "Goals and Challenges of International Cooperation," speech at the "International Symposium on Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities," U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, November 15, 2010.
- Class Day address at Harvard Law School, May 26, 2010.
- "What Will It Take to Stop Genocide in Darfur?" panel at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, April 17, 2006.
- "Historical and Social Context of the Crisis," panel at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, September 22, 2004.
- "Fulfilling a Responsibility to Protect: What Will It Take To End the 'Age of Genocide'?" U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, May 4, 2004.
- "Rwanda's Genocide: Looking Back," testimony before the House Committee on International Relations, April 22, 2004.
- "American Responses to Genocide and Mass Violence in the Past," panel at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, May 13, 2002.
- Discussion of A Problem from Hell, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, March 26, 2002.
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