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War kills civilians–but do you know how? Most people think war kills civilians through violence. In fact, war kills civilians mainly by destroying the institutions that provide human security, including health institutions. Dr. Bourdeaux proposes a new global approach to war that focuses on protecting and recovering human security systems and institutions.

Dr. Bourdeaux is a physician and global health policy analyst working at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity.


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Margaret Bourdeaux

Margaret Bourdeaux

Margaret Bourdeaux, MD, MPH received her MD from Yale University School of Medicine and her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine through the Harvard Combined Medicine-Pediatrics program. She was one of the first graduates of the Brigham and Women’s Global Women’s Health Fellowship in 2009.

Dr. Bourdeaux’s research interests include health systems in post-conflict and politically unstable states. She has focused primarily on international military and security organizations’ roles and responsibilities in protecting and recovering health sector assets in fragile settings. She has worked with members of the US Defense Department’s Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy to investigate the scope and scale of civilian assistance programs. She has also worked with NATO’s premier think tank, the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Center, conducting case studies on international security forces’ involvement in health sectors threated by armed conflict or state collapse.

Dr. Bourdeaux enjoys an active home life with her four daughters and husband, David Charbonneau, a professor of Astronomy at Harvard University.