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How many slaves are there in the world?

Statistics on human rights violations are difficult to collect (perpetrators hide their actions and victims may be too ashamed or afraid to come forward), but they also matter, because they tell us which problems are the most severe and therefore … Continue reading

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Has the Term “Human Rights” Become Excessively Broad?

Defining “human rights” is a tricky subject; that is why we spend the first week in class on precisely that. Leaving some rights out may give license and cover to oppressors. On the other hand, including too many rights can … Continue reading

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Can Donors Remain Impartial in Conflict Regions?

Can actors remain “impartial” while providing the most basic types of aid (such as food and medicine) to civilians stuck in conflict zones? I am becoming increasingly skeptical that they can. Here is why: Civilians need food and medicine desperately, … Continue reading

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Burma tries to expel Doctors w/o Borders for bias toward an ethnic group

This week in class we will look at the leading organizations that report on human rights abuses in the world. Authoritarian states routinely accuse human rights organizations (HROs) with bias and misreporting.¬†Just a few days ago Burmese government announced that … Continue reading

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The Possible Downside to Promoting Democracy

Stephen Walt, who teaches at Harvard, is one of the world’s best-known IR scholars. He also writes a weekly column at Foreign Policy. His latest column is about promoting democracy in places like Iraq and Syria. His column is here¬†(you … Continue reading

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