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November 19, 2014

Hong Kong
The Umbrella Movement: A Pivotal Moment for Democracy in Hong Kong

Testifying before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Mark P. Lagon argues that democracy in Hong Kong is reaching a pivotal moment and the United States and other nations must join in s…

April 29, 2014

Global
Human Trafficking

In his testimony before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mark P. Lagon argues that the United States must focus on two areas of concern in the global fight against human traf…

April 3, 2014

Global
Illicit Fishing and Human Trafficking

In his testimony before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Mark P. Lagon argues that illicit fishing worldwide is rife with criminal activities, such as human and drug traffi…

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.

February 12, 2014

Global
Netting People: Treaties Reducing Illicit Fishing and Human Traficking

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mark P. Lagon discusses illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, the Port States Measures Agreement, and human trafficking as it re…

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…

January 3, 2017

Human Rights
Bolstering the UN Human Rights Council’s Effectiveness

Overview Two successive terms of U.S. membership on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), before the mandatory one-year hiatus, have improved the body’s performance in several ways. These improveme…

July 29, 2014

Global
Fighting for Civil Society’s Space

A growing number of authoritarian states are banning civil society activities, raising the prospect of spreading instability that should arouse action in Washington, says CFR’s Mark Lagon.

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.