Weak rule of law in the developing world deprives countless people of legal rights and economic opportunity. Bridging the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, a global trust could build developing nations' capacity to implement the rule of law, improving human rights and economic outcomes at little cost.
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.
Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations, discusses democracy promotion in the Middle East following the Arab Spring with Mark Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Empty chairs at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for China's Liu Xiaobo and a top UN diplomat demonstrate China's power and influence, along with its vulnerability on human rights issues, says CFR's Mark Lagon.
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.
The Unfinished Revolution: The Global Fight for Women’s Rights
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
Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
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."
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.
Al-Jazeera English interviews Mark P. Lagon regarding Secretary of State Clinton's visit to Myanmar in December 2011.
A Conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi
On November 30, 2011, the Global Stakes in Human Rights Roundtable series, in conjunction with the CFR General Meetings progarm, hosted a Skype interview with Burmese democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi.
New Volume on Human Dignity
I am currently working on a volume on international institutions better promoting human dignity with Georgetown University's, Anthony Clark Arend.