- Cohen-Nunn Dialogues
- CSIS Commission on Public Infrastructure
- Human Rights and Security Initiative
- Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq
- Our Global Challenges
- Project in Southeast European Studies
- Smart Power Initiative
- The Embassy of the Future
- New Defense Approaches Project
Human Rights and Security Initiative
The Human Rights and Security Initiative addresses the security implications of human rights abuse.
Human rights norms have come under significant strain in the years following September 2001. The much-touted human rights regime that emerged in the post-World War II era is currently in jeopardy, and the resulting security implications have been largely ignored — both by individual states and by the international community at large. In order to improve our understanding of human rights abuse as a challenge to international security, CSIS established the Human Rights and Security Initiative under the lead of Dr. Sarah E. Mendelson. At present, our main geographic focus is on the United States, Europe, and Russia.
CSIS is grateful to several donors that have made this work on human rights possible:
- The Ford Foundation
- The Smith Richardson Foundation
- The Open Society Institute
- The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
- The Robert Bosch Stiftung
- The Gruber Family Foundation
The initiative's research and activities are organized around five major themes.
The Absent Memory and Transitional Justice project explores the way in which countries reconcile with their pasts and absent memory’s significant yet underspecified effects on political and social development.
The Human Rights and Counterterrorism Project addresses policy recommendations in the United States and Europe that both uphold human rights standards and international law while keeping citizens safe.
The Human Rights in Russia Project tracks, through survey data, the state of political and social development in Russia.
The Human Trafficking and Peacekeeping Operations Project strives to secure the implementation of existing antitrafficking policies adopted by the Department of Defense, NATO, and the United Nations.
The North Caucasus project seeks to broaden international attention to and understanding of the continued violence, increasing human rights abuses, and growing instability in the republics of the North Caucasus.
Together with colleagues from the Eurasia Foundation and the New Eurasia Foundation, the CSIS Human Rights and Security Initiative convened a meeting of civil society leaders from the United States and Russia in Moscow to explore new approaches to a more robust U.S.-Russian civil society relationship.
ReportJun 15, 2011
ReportMay 13, 2010