On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next CFR Academic Conference Call on Thursday, November 10, from 11:00 am to noon (CT) in HHH 173. Mark P. Lagon, CFR's adjunct senior fellow for human rights, will discuss the problem of human trafficking and what the United States can do to address this issue.
Ambassador Lagon serves as the chair of the international relations and security concentration in Georgetown University's Master of Science in Foreign Service program, teaching multilateral politics and the ethics of international relations. Prior to joining CFR, he was U.S. ambassador at large, directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State, from 2007 to 2009. Previously, Ambassador Lagon served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as deputy assistant secretary, with lead responsibility for UN reform, human rights and humanitarian issues, and outreach; as a member of Secretary of State Colin Powell's policy planning staff; and on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is author of the book, "The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War's Last Chapter."
As background for the discussion, you may wish to have your students review the following materials:
1) U.S. Department of State, "Trafficking in Persons Report 2011," Washington, DC, June 2011. (Please read "Introductory Material" and six "Country Narratives": Brazil, India, and a country of your choosing from the Middle East, Europe or North America, Africa or Latin America, and East Asia.) http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2011/index.htm
2) Mark P. Lagon, "U.S. Spotlight on Human Trafficking: Taking Stock of What Has Worked," Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 30, 2010.
3) Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros, "And Justice for All: Enforcing Human Rights for the World's Poor," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/66210/gary-haugen-and-victor-boutros/and-justice-for-all?gp=66348:abb4aee04ec51ed9&cid=EMC-ACCinvite-FA-11211
4) Mark P. Lagon, "Trafficking and Human Dignity," Policy Review No. 152, December 4, 2008. http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/5788
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Upcoming Calls in the Fall 2011 Academic Conference Call Series:
Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 am to Noon (CT)
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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, CFR
Thursday, December 8, 11:00 am to Noon (CT)
Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, CFR