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, 01-14-16Nigeria: Buhari’s 2016 Budget Continues Use of Secretive ‘Security Votes’Under President Muhammadu Buhari, the fight against corruption in Nigeria has unquestionably turned a corner. Shortly after taking office in May, he vowed to “plug revenue leakages”, made sweeping changes in the notoriously corrupt Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and took steps to tighten control over public spending.  
Thursday, 01-14-16Nigeria's Future Hinges on Its StatesThe spotlight is on Nigeria's new president as he tries to tackle a vicious insurgency and steep economic problems but the crucial actors in trying to stabilize Africa's most populous country are at the state level, writes CFR's Matthew Page.
Friday, 12-18-15Slow Progress for South Africa’s ‘Born-Free’ GenerationSouth Africa’s university strikes and demonstrations may presage stronger pressure on the governing African National Congress for accelerated social and economic change.
Thursday, 12-10-15The Eastern CongoOver the past two decades the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have experienced fighting that has killed more than five million people. As the eastern Congo struggles to overcome years of regional war, its hard-won progress remains at risk.
Saturday, 11-21-15Lessons Learned After the Ebola CrisisThomas Frieden discusses lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Friday, 11-20-15A Conversation With Thomas FriedenThomas Frieden discusses lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Thursday, 11-19-15A Conversation With Georges Rebelo Pinto ChikotiGeorges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti discusses peace, national unity, and development in Angola as it celebrates forty years of independence.
Thursday, 11-19-15Assessing Angola's Political and Economic FutureGeorges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti discusses peace, national unity, and development in Angola as it celebrates forty years of independence.
Wednesday, 11-11-15Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant CrisisOne of the leading sources of refugees in Europe is the impoverished east African nation of Eritrea. Many fleeing describe chronic human rights abuses in the country, as this Backgrounder explains.
Monday, 11-02-155 Things That the President of Nigeria Can Do to Get His Country Back on TrackPresident Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated May 29, is the antithesis of the stereotypical Nigerian politician: incorruptible, soft-spoken, self-effacing and deliberate. He embraces the nickname “Baba Go-Slow and Steady.” Buhari’s unhurried style has its downsides, however: It took him an unprecedented four months to name a solid but unextraordinary cabinet.

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