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2019 Human Rights Advocates from left to right front row: Mariano Ruiz, Argentina; Ektaa Deochand, South Africa; Maria Abrahamyan, Armenia; Ying Xin, China; Joanita Warry Ssenfuka, Uganda. Back row from left to right: Wisdom Kwame Bebli, Ghana; Cecilia Ramirez Perez, Mexico; Charbonnel Nodjigoto, Chad; Platon Shamaev, Russia (Photo by Nicholas Perez).
30 Years of Training Advocates at Columbia

Human Rights Advocates is ‘one of the best programs supporting rights activists’ today. At Columbia, whatever they learn from us is dwarfed by the vast and rich body of learning that they bring to us.' Meet the 2019 cohort of advocates and download the 30th anniversary handbook on best practices in human rights advocacy.

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Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings

More than 131 million people are affected by humanitarian crises globally today; just under half of them are children. Child protection practitioners Hanna-Tina Fischer, Mark Canavera and Mike Wessells run a free online course Protection of Children in Humanitarian Settings, attracting audience from 130 countries since its launch.

News and Research

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Global Centers I Paris Features 'Voix Atlantiques' on Black Atlantic Diaspora

Global Centers I Paris will present a series of events with artists who are re-appropriating representations and narratives of minority experiences, particularly those tied to the Black Atlantic Diaspora.

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    Alexander Cooley Testifies at Helsinki Commission on INTERPOL Abuse

    Alexander Cooley of Harriman Institute testified at the Helsinki Commission hearing about some countries abusing INTERPOL's red notices targeting political opponents.

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    Saidiya Hartman Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

    English Professor Saidiya Hartman, among those awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' Grant recently, is the Nairobi Global Center's Principal Investigator with President's Global Innovation Fund Project The Sojourner Project: A Black Mobile Academy.

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    Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer Will Teach Geopolitical Risk

    Students in SIPA’s MIA program taking Applied Geopolitics offered in spring 2020 can learn  how to identify and assess political risks, manage and mitigate such risks across markets and sectors. 


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    The Flores Exhibits, a Campaign for Immigrant Children

    In June 2019, a team of lawyers, including Law Professor Elora Mukherjee, visited the Clint and Ursula border detention facilities to collect sworn testimonies from the immigrant children detained there. These are their stories.


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    Bernard E. Harcourt draws a bleak picture of the US government, which ignores and undermines democratic fundamental rights in the long run, in his book "Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens."

    (Auf Deutsch)

    In the News

    Up for Auction: Snapshots of Jackie Kennedy in India and Pakistan

    Historian Manan Ahmed reflected on the snapshots of Jackie Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill in India and Pakistan and said “the moment of the sisters going there is very pivotal — there’s a slow moving timebomb between the struggle of Kashmir, what’s happening with India and China, and Pakistan and Afghanistan.”   

    The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2019

    Democracy Hangs in the Balance in Tunisia

    Safwan Masri, author of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly and executive vice president for Global Centers and Global Development, says Tunisians crave democracy, but they demand progress. As Tunisia’s authoritarian Arab neighbours are watching closely, Tunisia's runoff presidential election is scheduled for October 13.

    Financial Times, Sept 26, 2019



    WeWork’s Pre-IPO Troubles Serve as Reality Check for Start-Ups as ‘Growth at Any Cost’ Dies

    Business School professor and former senior partner at Accenture Len Sherman said while he doesn’t want any particular start-up to fail, WeWork’s troubles could be a necessary check on venture capital valuations.

    CNBC, Sept. 13, 2019


    New Hirohito Documents Show Emperor's Thoughts on the War

    Historian Carol Gluck recounts Japanese Emperor Hirohito's personal reflections on the war, including his remorse over World War II and opinions about postwar politics, in newly discovered notes.

    Nikkei Asian Review, Sept. 13, 2019.