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March 20, 2014

Ukraine
Ukraine’s Lessons for Democratization: Three Things to Know

The turmoil in Ukraine highlights the need to promote democratic governance, strengthen civil society, and offer international support for countries in transition, says CFR’s Mark P. Lagon.

June 7, 2013

Global
Grading States For Not Degrading People: Human Trafficking Assessments

Ambassador Mark P. Lagon's testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations dis…

October 2, 2012

Rule of Law
A Global Trust for Rule of Law

The rule of law is critical for people to have a meaningful opportunity to thrive. Still, for billions of people around the world today, the rule of law exists on paper but not in practice. Even thou…

October 19, 2011

Human Rights
Promoting Human Rights: Is U.S. Consistency Desirable or Possible?

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, CFR’s Mark Lagon argues for a more consistent approach to human rights promotion than the United States has often pursued in the past.

February 11, 2011

Egypt
Egypt’s Challenge for U.S. Rights Policy

Events in Egypt highlight the need for the U.S. government to drop double standards on governance and human rights issues when dealing with friendly dictatorships, writes CFR’s Mark Lagon.

February 11, 2011

United States
The Whys and Hows of Promoting Democracy

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Mark Lagon examines the uneven history of promoting democracy in U.S. foreign policy and offers lessons for how the United States can best advance democracy today…

September 30, 2010

United States
U.S. Spotlight on Human Trafficking: Taking Stock of What Has Worked

Mark Lagon testifies before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on human trafficking. He offers recommendations on four areas for action by the United States.

June 19, 2018

Taiwan
Representatives of Taiwan and the United States place items in a time capsule at the dedication ceremony of the new American Institute in Taiwan complex in Taipei. Is Washington Boosting Ties With Taiwan?

The opening of a new U.S. diplomatic compound in Taipei doesn’t mark a major change in ties, but the Trump administration has taken new approaches to dealing with China over Taiwan.

June 21, 2018

Israel
Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and employees of China Railway Engineering Corporation mark the beginning of underground construction work on a light rail project in Tel Aviv. What’s Behind Israel’s Growing Ties With China?

China and Israel have sharply ramped up trade, investment, and cultural ties in recent years, but obstacles to closer relations may yet emerge.

June 15, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Afghan policeman in Kabul, Afghanistan Global Conflict This Week: June 15, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.