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Commentary, analysis, and research on issues and current events related to human rights, civil rights, international law, the United Nations (UN), and peacekeeping approaches.

Past Events

Humanitarian Aid in Conflict


Join us in unraveling the complexities of delivering humanitarian aid in conflict zones and the crucial principle of impartiality.

Palestinians unload boxes of medicine from a truck arrived at Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on October 23, 2023.
AP Photos

Justice beyond Borders: Prosecuting War Crimes


Leila Sadat, David Scheffer, and Anjli Parrin discuss the challenges of defining, investigating, and prosecuting war crimes.

Leila Sadat, David Scheffer, and Anjli Parrin in conversation on the Chicago Council Conference Center stage.

Commentary & Analysis

This Era of Hostage Diplomacy Requires New Answers

Deep Dish on Global Affairs Podcast

Hostage taking is as old as time, but today the world faces new tactics and unprecedented challenges; what can be done?

Israeli supports show placards with the faces and names of people believed to be taken hostage and held in Gaza.
Human Rights

Gaza: Epicenter of the Israel-Hamas War

Deep Dish on Global Affairs Podcast

Explore the complex history of the Gaza Strip, the rise of Hamas, and the implications for the current conflict.

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Wednesday.
Defense and Security


The Atlas of Impunity

Report by Coauthors

The Atlas of Impunity, a joint effort of David Miliband, the Eurasia Group, and the Council, comprehensively tracks abuse of power across five key dimensions.

Katherine Starr, David Miliband, Monica Pinto and others discussing the Atlas of Impunity Human Rights

Most Americans Willing to Work with Autocrats to Protect the US

Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

The public is more concerned about national security than promoting human rights and democracy abroad, Council polling shows.

Participants arrive at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Public Opinion