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Mark Lagon

  • Georgetown University: Visiting Professor
  • State Department: Former Staffer
  • Project for the New American Century: Signatory

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Mark Lagon, a visiting professor at Georgetown University with close ties to neoconservatism, is a former U.S. diplomat who served as a State Department official during the George W. Bush presidency. Before joining the Bush administration in 2002, Lagon worked for both the Project for the New American Century and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His experience also includes working for a number of right-wing political figures, including as an assistant to former Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA) when Cox was chair of the House Republican Committee, and as an aide to Jeane Kirkpatrick at AEI.[1]

In May 2010, Georgetown University announced that Lagon was joining the university’s School of Foreign Service as a visiting professor. Among the qualifications the university highlighted was Lagon’s expertise in international affairs, particularly in human trafficking. “Dr. Lagon brings … a wealth of experience from both the public and nonprofit worlds of international affairs. Prior to coming to MSFS, Ambassador Lagon served as the Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project, a leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit organization from 2009-2010. From May 2007 to January 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State. In this capacity, he was Chair of the Senior Policy Operating Group, coordinating U.S. agencies domestic and global anti-trafficking policy.”[2]

From 2002 through 2004, Lagon served as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, working on UN and other international organizations, democracy and human rights, and public diplomacy. During 1999-2002, he was a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and from 1995 to1998 he worked for the House Republican Policy Committee.[3]

During his tenure in the Bush State Department, Lagon served as an advisor on efforts to reform the UN Human Rights Council (previously, the Human Rights Commission), which was widely regarded as ineffectual. Despite reforms to the institution, which were initiated in 2006 by the UN General Assembly, Lagon has argued that the Human Rights Council remains problematic. He told Voice of America News in 2009, “The commission on human rights was seen as deadlocked and politicized. Unfortunately, this new body has been no better, and arguably worse.”[4]

Lagon is the author of The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter. He has also written for several conservative publications, including  the National Interest, Philanthropy (the magazine of the right-wing Philanthropy Roundtable), and Perspectives on Political Science.

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Sources


[1] State Department: Biography: Mark Lagon
http://web.archive.org/web/20020830144145/http://www.state.gov/s/p/11917.htm (Web Archive)



[2] Georgetown University, "Ambassador Mark Lagon to return to Georgetown University,” May 3, 2010.



[3] Georgetown University, "Ambassador Mark Lagon to return to Georgetown University,” May 3, 2010.



[4] Voice of America, "Human Rights Experts Call for Reformed UN Rights Council,” May 28, 2009.

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Mark Lagon Résumé

Affiliations

  • Polaris Project: Former Executive Director 
  • Project for the New American Century: Former Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored fellow at PNAC. 
  • American Enterprise Institute: Former aide to Jean Kirkpatrick 
  • Council on Foreign Relations: Former International Affairs Fellow 
  • Georgetown University: Visiting Professor, international affairs 
  • Perspectives on Political Science: Former Associate Editor


Government

  • State Department: Various posts (2002-2009)
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Former Deputy Director of the House Republican Committee

 

Education

  • Georgetown University: Ph.D. in political science
  • Harvard College: BA in political science

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Current Policy Neglects Victims of Labor Trafficking, Ambassador Says - Georgetown University The HoyaThe Fight Against Human Trafficking Is Too Important for Trump and Pompeo to Ignore - Foreign PolicyThe Global Fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - Voice of AmericaUS criticises Ireland for insufficient action on modern slavery - The GuardianBolstering the UN Human Rights Council's Effectiveness - Council on Foreign RelationsIt’s Time for the United States to Grade the U.N. and Other International Organizations - Foreign PolicyDonald Trump Is Tarnishing America’s Brand - Foreign PolicyTen Commandments for Dignity and International Development - SojournersJohn Bolton Is Living the Dream—for Now - Foreign PolicyThe U.S. government turns a blind eye to policies that fuel sex trafficking - Washington PostA Marshall Plan for Global Health - The National Interest OnlineInnovations in Global Governance - Council on Foreign RelationsTrump Is Wrong to Retreat From the Global Fight Against AIDS - Foreign Policy4811 examinees pass the Nurse Licensure exams - The Manila TimesSaudi Arabia Must Prepare for the Post-Petroleum Order - The National Interest OnlineAs Disrupter in Chief, Trump is No Nixon - Foreign PolicySenate approves anti-sex-trafficking bill - CNNClamp down on illegal fishing to curb human trafficking - Washington PostWith Budget Plan, Trump Signals ‘Tough Love’ Approach to UN - Daily SignalModern slavery will continue if corporations keep passing the buck - The Guardian

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