Human Rights in a Shifting Landscape: Recommendations for Congress

Human Rights are part of the American DNA. Congress has long advocated for human rights to play an integral role in U.S. foreign policy, with significant success. However, rising authoritarianism and the gross human rights violations taking place around the world call for immediate and stronger U.S. leadership and Congressional action. To that end, the Human Rights Initiative of CSIS worked with CSIS scholars, who developed recommendations relevant to their expertise that identify how Congress can build on its past human rights leadership to meet today’s challenges.

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Amy K. Lehr
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Human Rights Initiative
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Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
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Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
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Sara M. Allinder
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Global Health Policy Center
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Mark L. Schneider
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Americas Program and Human Rights Initiative
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Erol Yayboke
Director, Project on Fragility and Mobility and Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Judd Devermont

Melissa Dalton