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.
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.
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.
Amnesty International reports on the conditions of daily life in Myanmar (Burma). It says that forced labour, forced relocation, denial of citizenship and imprisonment for political offences are common.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.
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.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass. Read and download »