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Mark P. Lagon

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights

Expertise

Human rights, human trafficking, democracy promotion, humanitarian affairs and intervention, United Nations, multilateral politics, global governance, corporate social responsibility.

Programs

International Institutions and Global Governance: World Order in the 21st Century

Featured Publications

All Publications

Article

Conservatives, Liberals, and Human Rights

Authors: Mark P. Lagon and William F. Schulz
Policy Review

Mark P. Lagon and William F. Schulz take a closer look at how liberals and conservatives understand and advance human rights and lay out options for creating a more unified human rights movement focused on resilience and creative policies rather than dogmatism.

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Current Projects

Global Stakes in Human Rights Roundtable Series

Director: Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights
September 1, 2010—Present

The Global Stakes in Human Rights Roundtable Series examines the tangible interests of the United States and international community in promoting political, civil, economic, and labor rights.

Bringing together regular participants of diverse sectors and ideological positions, it identifies best practices of international institutions, governments, nonprofits, and corporations to advance democratic pluralism and the rule of law.

Meeting Note: Business and Human Rights

Past Projects

CFR Events

Academic Conference Call

Business and Human Rights

Speaker:

Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations
March 6, 2013 1:00-2:00 p.m. - (ET). Please note the special timing of this call.

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable Meeting

Freedom in the World 2013

Introductory Speakers:

David Kramer, President, Freedom House, Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Arch Puddington, Vice President for Research, Freedom House

Moderator:

Jill M. Dougherty, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN

Panelists:

Larry Diamond, Professor and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director and Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
January 16, 2013 1:30-3:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Roundtable Meeting

The Unfinished Revolution: The Global Fight for Women’s Rights

Speakers:

Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations, Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch, Hibaaq Osman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Karama

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
March 5, 2012

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Call

Videoconference with Aung San Suu Kyi

Speaker:

Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary, National League for Democracy

Presider:

Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Thomson Reuters; Former Undersecretary, Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Host:

Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2011

This meeting is on the record.

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Academic Conference Call

U.S. Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Speaker:

Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
November 10, 2011 12:00-1:00 p.m. - (ET)

This meeting is not for attribution.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Slavery and Supply Chains: What Businesses Can Do To Fight Human Trafficking

Speaker:

Mark P. Lagon, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Diana Taylor, Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Co.
May 14, 2008 7:45-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Press/Panels

Article

Almost a Miracle: Encouraging Inclusive Growth in India

In an article calling for inclusive development in India, access to justice and opportunity for all its citizens, and a stop to child trafficking in the country, Mark P. Lagon and Samir Goswami explore India's "economic miracle."

Video Interview

Al-Jazeera

Al-Jazeera English interviews Mark P. Lagon regarding Secretary of State Clinton's visit to Myanmar in December 2011.

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Bio

Mark P. Lagon is adjunct senior fellow for human rights at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

He also serves as the chair of the international relations and security concentration in the Georgetown University master of science in foreign service program, teaching multilateral politics and the ethics of international relations.

Dr. Lagon was U.S. ambassador-at-large, directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, from 2007 to 2009. Previously, he served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as deputy assistant secretary, with lead responsibility for UN reform, human rights and humanitarian issues, and outreach; as a member of the Secretary of State Colin Powell's policy planning staff, focused on the United Nations and democracy and human rights; and on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with responsibility including the United Nations, human rights, and the State Department authorization bill.

He is author of the book, The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War's Last Chapter. He has an AB magna cum laude in government from Harvard University and a PhD in government from Georgetown University.