Human Rights News

In Bahrain, Arab Spring Hopes Are Freezing Over

Feb 18, 2015
"The rights of people in the Middle East are shrinking rather than expanding," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky.

Robin Bronen: To Help Alaskans Adapt, Make it Easier to Relocate

Jan 30, 2015
“Human rights and climate change are completely interlinked,” says Robin Bronen in this week’s podcast, and “climate change is happening in Alaska faster than anywhere else on the planet.”

La hora oscura del Alba

Jan 13, 2015
En la cumbre de La Habana, la más reciente, el Alba festejó sus 10 años, pero no asistieron todos los presidentes.

How Will Women in the Middle East Fare in 2015?

Jan 05, 2015
2014 was not a good one for women in the Middle East. Political turmoil, civil war, the rise of Islamic State, clampdowns by autocratic governments, and the ineffectiveness of reformist governments all contributed to unfavorable, even worsening, conditions for women, writes Haleh Esfandiari.
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Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

Dec 25, 2014
Following up on her critically acclaimed biographies of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Antonin Scalia, Joan Biskupic, one of the nation’s top court reporters, focuses on the rise of Sonia Sotomayor in her latest book. A former Wilson Center Scholar who currently serves as editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters, Biskupic has covered the US Supreme Court for more than 20 years. She joins us to discuss the behind the scenes rise of Sotomayor and also provides insight into the first Latina Justice’s initial impact on the court.

Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?

Dec 05, 2014
Swiss Scholar Adis Merdzanovic’s opinion piece “Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?” was recently published by EU Observer. The article discusses recent developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

US-China Relations After APEC: The nature of Sino-American relations is rapidly changing. And that’s a good thing.

Nov 18, 2014
"Overall, China’s rise to greater regional power and America’s loss of global hegemon status are inevitable. The only real question is whether that transition will lead to more cooperation between a China and U.S. who increasingly share responsibility for major global issues, or to conflict," writes Jack A. Goldstone.

Save the Date: IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea Friday December 5, 2014

Nov 14, 2014
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea features discussions on "Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea", and another panel discussion on the topic "Reporting on North Korea: Challenges, Problems, and Pitfalls".

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Oct 27, 2014
"Parliamentarians’ renewed obsession with women’s dress and male-female workplace mixing represents a throwback to the early days of the Islamic revolution, when women who did not observe the Islamic dress code were subject to 70 lashes and when men and women were segregated in university classrooms, buses and elsewhere," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

ISIS Says the Quran Allows Enslaving Women. Will Clerical Leaders Respond?

Oct 14, 2014
"Islamic State militants crossed a last possible boundary of decency by citing the Quran as authority for the barbarism they have been practicing against women. Equally disturbing, Arab leaders and the ulama, the clerical leaders of Islam, have been silent in the face of this effrontery," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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