On September 13, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to address human rights violations, marginalization, and discrimination of indigenous people and to protect their rights to their territories, traditions, languages, and culture, as well as their rights to education, health, and development. In 2013, representatives of indigenous peoples and nations agreed upon four themes to protect the human rights and traditional territories of indigenous peoples. The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples convened on September 22-23, 2014, to form recommendations for the UN to act upon these themes.
More than six years since the Taliban’s ouster, violence against women seeking to broaden their rights continues. But some experts see reason for hope.
The prospect of an Islamist president has launched heated national debate between Turkey’s traditionalist secular leaders and its moderate Islamists.
Tensions mount between Turkey and Iraq’s Kurds over the status of Kirkuk and the presence of Kurdish rebels in Iraq.
Special economic zones boost India’s export potential, but a recent outbreak of violent protests shows local patience for land confiscations is wearing thin.
This report on developments in Iraq early this year from the Center for Strategic & International Studies says that the insurgency has created complex patterns of conflict that have become a broad struggle for sectarian and ethnic control of political and economic space.
Carl Minzner, a CFR fellow and expert on Chinese domestic issues, discusses the need for institutional reform to address the grievances raised by social unrest in China.
Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, addresses Council members as the 2007 Russell C. Leffingwell Lecturer.
Christopher de Bellaigue writes in the New York Review of Books about the prospects for an independent Kurdistan.
A top U.S. State Department official on Balkan policy says Serbia must begin participating in final talks over the conditional independence of Kosovo or face increased isolation from Europe.
Experts warn the disputes involving Lebanon’s political factions could escalate into civil war. Stabilization efforts are hampered by competing interests among external powers.
A vote by Sinn Féin to endorse the police force in Northern Ireland has the potential to revive the power-sharing arrangements called for in the 1998 Good Friday accord.
Congressional Research Service report on the obstacles to creating effective Iraqi security forces. The report outlines concerns that security forces are involved in sectarian killings, terrorism, and insurgency.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
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The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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