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Security Sector Reform in the DRC: Innovations and Complications

The United States has been engaged in Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the DRC since 2006.  However, without strong political will to improve security, overall improvement has stagnated.  The Congolese army, the FARDC, is still seen as a factitious group of rebel militias and is still a leading perpetrator of sexual violence.  The police and justice systems are generally viewed as corrupt institutions.  Yet there are creative and innovative projects making changes on the ground.  What is the way forward for SSR in the DRC?  What complications still need to be overcome?

Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network

Two of the most pressing questions facing international historians today are how and why the Cold War ended. In Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War, Sarah B. Snyder explores how, in the aftermath of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975, a transnational network of activists committed to human rights in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe made the topic a central element in East-West diplomacy.

Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: Implications for U.S. Policy

The Kennan Institute and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation sponsored a one-day seminar on 3 May 2011 to explore the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on the development of the rule of law in Russia.