On our newest episode of The World Affairs Report, host Anna Harrison is joined by Mr. Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution to discuss human rights, and specifically human rights in China. With a long history of criticisms and distrust in regards to human rights, Mr. Piccone explains how China is rewriting its own version of the human rights model, touching on current issues such as the mistreatment of the Uyghur population and media censorship. Mr. Piccone also introduces and defines the Universal Periodic Review mechanism via the United Nations and gives his take on Sino-Russian relations, in regard to human rights.
About Our Guest
Ted Piccone is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. His research is focused on global democracy and human rights policies, U.S.-Latin American relations, emerging powers, and multilateral affairs. Piccone received a law degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in history magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. He served eight years as a senior foreign policy advisor in the Clinton administration and was the executive director and co-founder of the Democracy Coalition Project, a research and advocacy organization working to promote international cooperation for democracy and human rights globally, from 2001 to 2008. He was also the Washington office director for the Club of Madrid, an association of over 100 former heads of state and government engaged in efforts to strengthen democracy around the world in addition to serving as counsel for the United Nations Truth Commission in El Salvador from 1992 to 1993. Ted Piccone is the author of latest book “Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order”. His research currently focuses on the evolving role of five rising democracies in the global democracy and human rights order.