Human Rights

CSIS Human Rights Initiative undertakes research and analysis on the critical role that human rights and democratic values play in a comprehensive and sustainable foreign policy.

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Photo: Alexander/Adobe Stock

Export Controls and Human Rights: An Emerging Technology Agenda

Export controls can help limit authoritarian regimes’ access to surveillance technology made in democracies, but they cannot prevent such regimes from developing and selling that technology to each other.  

Commentary by Emily Benson and Catharine Mouradian — November 29, 2023

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Marti Flacks
Khosravi Chair in Principled Internationalism and Director, Human Rights Initiative
Benjamin Jensen
Senior Fellow, Future War, Gaming, and Strategy, and International Security Program