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Human Rights Before Carter

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

Human Rights Before Carter

Sarah B. Snyder

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

Swiss Scholar Adis Merdzanovic’s opinion piece “Bosnia: A new opportunity for getting closer to the EU?” was recently published by EU Observer. Merdzanovic discusses Bosnia and Herzegovina’s political stagnation since the end of the war and the challenging power sharing arrangement between the major ethnic groups. In the past two years, however, the public has begun to fight back against the political system, holding protests that have attracted the attention of the international community.

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

Last week’s APEC meeting in Beijing shed new light on China’s relationship with America and the world. It has become increasing clear what China wants. China seeks a role in Asia comparable to the role that America has enjoyed with regard to Europe; as the unquestioned (but not always followed) leader of an alliance that seeks to protect their region from outside pressures and influences.

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


The 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea
Friday, December 5, 2014

11:45am - 1:00pm  Luncheon

1:15pm - 3:00pm  Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea:

Update on Venezuela’s Political Climate

Street protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela have died down since the early months of 2014.  But as least 69 protesters remain in custody, including opposition leader Leopoldo López.  In October, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Ground Truth Briefing: Missing Students: How Mexico Has Been Tested

In September 2014, a group of students from a teachers college in the Mexican state of Guerrero travelled to Iguala to protest discriminatory hiring practices. On the way to the protest, police intercepted the group, clashing with the students. As a result, 6 people were killed and 43 students disappeared. During the search, multiple mass graves have been found and none of the bodies belong to the missing students.

Freeing Yazidi Women: Combating a 21st Century Slavery Revival Project

Two experts discussed ISIS’s treatment of Yazidi women and efforts to rescue kidnapped individuals.

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Why are Iranian hard-liners once again setting their sights on women? Some 2,000 Iranian women and men demonstrated last week  in the city of Isfahan, and others gathered before the parliament building in Tehran, to protest a series of acid attacks on women and to demand government action.

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

Islamic State’s audacity and effrontery toward women knows no bounds. In an article that appeared Sunday in Dabiq, the group’s English-language online publication, 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.

Hong Kong is Not Tiananmen

Hong Kong’s protests present a major problem for China’s leadership in Beijing. This is not 1989, when China used its army and tanks to dispel student protests in Tiananmen Square. Both China and the world have changed. And, most importantly, Hong Kong is not Beijing.