Diplomacy

The Kremlin is Winning the Media War and the West Needs a Strategy

April 30, 2015 by James M. Baker

How do we preserve freedom of speech and democratic principles when they are deployed against us by those who clearly do not respect them? And how should we respond to such assaults without infringing on our own right to freedom of expression?

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2015: The Year for Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

April 2, 2015 by Iveta Cherneva
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All eyes in 2015 are on the United Nations. The new development plan to succeed the Millennium Development Goals will be announced this year, but another UN process—equally important to human well-being—is gaining speed: the strengthening of the UN human rights treaty bodies.

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The UN’s man in Baghdad: A Conversation with Nickolay Mladenov

April 2, 2015 by Forum Staff
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The UN’s outgoing Special Representative for Iraq, Nicolay Mladenov, speaks to The Forum about the tense days this past summer that saw fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria take Mosul and approach dangerously close to Baghdad.

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The Battle of Thermopylae and the Iconography of Hate

February 24, 2015 by Bond Benton and Daniela Peterka-Benton
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The media has enormous power in energizing social movements for good or ill. While it is folly to attribute the traction gained by far right organizations and hate groups to media images, history suggests that we would do well to consider how popular culture is capable of turning hate into heroism.

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