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Carl LeVan and Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Photo courtesy of Carl LeVan

November 2013

Comparative and Regional Studies Professor Carl LeVan recently met with the new Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to discuss how vigorous adherence to U.S. human rights laws advances democracy in Africa. Read more about Professor LeVan's work here.

"Why Govern?" Conference at AU

Why Govern conference participants

Participants in TRANSCEND's "Why Govern?" conference

October 2013

From October 3rd to 5th, American University hosted "Why Govern?" a conference on global governance organized by Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue (TRANSCEND) and the One Earth Future Foundation (OEFF). The three-day conference sought to examine the strategic, functional, and normative logics of governance around the world, bringing together experts on issues including: climate change, global health, armed violence, trade, human rights and humanitarian intervention, and information technology.

TRANSCEND is directed by Professor Amitav Acharya, who is its UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance. Read more about the TRANSCEND and the "Why Govern?" conference here.

News: Human Rights in Africa

Carl LeVan

CRS Africa professor Carl LeVan

September 2013

In July, Carl LeVan, Africa Coordinator in CRS, wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern about the status of a key human rights law. Seventy-nine other professors signed on to the letter. This led to meetings over the summer with the State Department's top official for human rights in Africa, and a few weeks ago LeVan received a response from the top: a letter from Secretary Kerry promising to vigorously implement the Leahy Law and affirming accountability for human rights violations as a core principle of US foreign policy towards Africa. The signatories will be joining Dr. LeVan for a meeting with the new Assistant Secretary of State for Africa later this month to discuss Leahy. Read more here.

Akbar Ahmed, The Thistle and the Drone

Akbar Ahmed

The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam

Watch Professor Ahmed discuss his research at the Brookings Institution launch for his book here.


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