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Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Family Planning, Empowerment, and the Environment

Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free.

On Knife’s Edge: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s Impact on Violence Against Civilians

The post-Cold War era has witnessed horrific violence against non-combatants. In the Bosnian War alone, tens of thousands of civilians died. The founders of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)—and then of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC)—hoped these courts might curb such atrocities.  However, we still know very little about their actual impact.  This talk will draw on the ICTY’s experience as the first wartime international criminal tribunal to provide insight into how and when these institutions might affect violence against civilians.

The Geopolitics of European Security: The Consequences of U.S.-Russia Tension

At the present moment of obvious tension between Moscow and Washington, it may be tempting to dismiss the likelihood of progress on any diplomatic front, let alone in the complex multilateral format of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Yet the 1972–75 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) itself took place against a backdrop of intense rivalry between the U.S.

The Geopolitics of European Security: The Consequences of U.S.-Russia Tension

At the present moment of obvious tension between Moscow and Washington, it may be tempting to dismiss the likelihood of progress on any diplomatic front, let alone in the complex multilateral format of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Yet the 1972–75 Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) itself took place against a backdrop of intense rivalry between the U.S.

Inequality in Mexico

Mexico's economic inequality has inhibited the country's economic growth and slowed the potential of its social and human capital. And extreme inequality has worsened over the last 20 years, with economic elites capturing most of the benefits of growth. The political and economic implications are huge.

Report: ISIS Human Rights Abuses in 2014

Victim’s Justice in the Aftermath of Genocide: Lessons from Efforts in the Balkans

With the rise of transitional justice globally, the role of reparations in war has changed.  "Victor's justice" in the form of punishment through reparations as fines between states has expanded to include redress for individual human rights violated. "Victim's justice" includes reparations for such rights violations and is now a global phenomenon. This talk focuses on the global significance of reparations efforts in Balkan states in the aftermath of the 1990's genocide in Yugoslavia. Who can pursue reparations, in what venues, for what types of reparations, at what cost?

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