Council on Foreign Relations


National Teleconference: The State of the World’s Refugees: From Indifference to Solidarity

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres explains how the increasing number of new crises around the world, in areas such as Syria, Sudan/South Sudan, and Mali, has revealed that the capacity of the international community to present conflict is considerably limited. This meeting is part of the Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture series, which was established by the Council and the family of Arthur C. Helton, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who died in the August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. The Helton Lectureship is an annual event at which one or more speakers address pressing issues in the broad field of human rights and humanitarian concerns.

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Thursday, 08-14-14Heartless but Effective: I've Seen 'Cordon Sanitaire' Work Against EbolaThe governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have escalated their counterattack on the Ebola virus, imposing cordons sanitaires aimed at isolating entire regions of their countries in hopes of containing the enemy. Although many in the media accuse these governments of being inhumane or overly severe, Laurie Garrett pulls from her experience in the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire to show that these dramatic steps can work.
Thursday, 08-14-14You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About EbolaLaurie Garrett explains that experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this current Ebola outbreak. If Ebola hits Lagos, the needs for international assistance will grow exponentially.
Tuesday, 08-12-14Investing in Africa: How the U.S. Can Play Catch-UpJendayi Frazer argues that while President Obama's announcement to invest in African economies is significant, it must be supplemented if the U.S. is going to make Africa a strategic point.
Monday, 08-11-14What’s Next for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit?The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit shifted the U.S. perception of how it engages with Africa, but was missing a vital component to success—human rights. Amelia M. Wolf argues that if the Obama administration wants to be "central" to development of Africa, as it has claimed, it must support the development of institutions for justice and the rule of law in collaboration with African states, and now is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Sunday, 08-10-14The World Must Unite to Fight Ebola PlagueEven after the World Health Organization's that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, Laurie Garrett and Maxine Builder argue in the Sunday Express that there is no clear framework for leadership in a globalized epidemic such as this, and without it, the response will be ineffective and Ebola will quickly spiral further out of control.
Wednesday, 08-06-14Documents on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and the 13th Annual AGOA ForumDuring August 4-6, 2014, President Barack Obama convened the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering of African heads of state and governments ever assembled by a U.S. President. Fifty-one leaders focused on sustainable development, trade, collaboration, investment, and America's commitment to Africa's security, its democratic development, and its people. The summit took place during the same time as the 13th Annual African Growth Opportunity Act Forum.
Tuesday, 08-05-14The Ebola OutbreakCFR fellows discuss the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa and its effect on the region.
Monday, 08-04-14Joint Statement and Fact Sheets on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and the 13th Annual AGOA ForumDuring August 4-6, 2014, President Barack Obama convened the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering of African heads of state and governments ever assembled by a U.S. President. Fifty-one leaders focused on sustainable development, trade, collaboration, investment, and America's commitment to Africa's security, its democratic development, and its people. The summit took place during the same time as the 13th Annual African Growth Opportunity Act Forum.
Friday, 08-01-14What to Expect at the U.S.-Africa SummitWith the White House set to host some fifty heads of state for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Jendayi Frazer discusses major items on the summit's agenda.
Thursday, 07-31-14What Obama Can Do About EbolaShort-term focus on Ebola control cannot be disconnected from a longer term commitment to economic and technical support of the affected nations' health care systems, roads, schools and general development, writes Laurie Garrett.

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