Compiled by Mark Hanis
- The End of Human Rights? by Ken Roth
A great piece by one of the leaders in the human rights movement, Ken Roth, on the state and future of the movement. (I would also argue that creating a Political Action Committee for Human Rights should also be included in the toolbox for advancing human rights.)
- Bury The Chains by Adam Hochschild
A book about one of the first modern human rights campaigns which helps put into perspective all the efforts since then.
- The Precarious Triumph of Human Rights By David Rieff
A thoughtful look at the limitations of the traditional human rights model.
- A Problem From Hell by Samantha Power
An indispensable guide to understanding US policy in response to genocide.
- The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) report by International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS)
One of the best frameworks for how to think about preventing, responding, and rebuilding from humanitarian crises. I use R2P to think about the crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Burma, Libya, and Congo.
- Running the World by David Rothkopf
A helpful map on the variables and their impact on forming US foreign policy.
Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He helped found the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, the Organ Alliance (now ORGANIZE), and United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition). Mark also served as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of Vice President Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights.