Samantha Kiernan

Samantha Kiernan is a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Previously, she worked as a program coordinator for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a research associate on global health, economics, and development at CFR, and an outreach and analysis consultant at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. She has also interned with the nonprofit buildOn, U.S. Department of State, and Irish Parliament. Samantha graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in international relations and a regional focus on China.


U.S. Abortion Law and Dissenting from the Norm

The United States is an outlier on abortion access


North Korea's COVID-19 Crisis: An Impossible Outbreak in the "Impossible State"

Victor Cha, Korea chair at CSIS, on the health, political, and economic factors shaping North Korea's outbreak


How Russia's Invasion Shot Down Sputnik V

Russia's decision to invade Ukraine hinders the use and distribution of its vaccine worldwide


Lifting the Curtain on COVID Border Restrictions

Tracking COVID-19 entry policies for Ukrainian refugees


Legal, Safe, and Affordable

The state of global abortion access


What Afghanistan Stands to Lose

Two decades of health progress at risk with the return of the Taliban


Wanted: One Billion Booster Shots

What the COVID-19 booster shot debate means for global vaccine access