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Mark Lagon


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Mark P. Lagon is a Centennial Fellow and distinguished senior scholar in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he from 2010 through 2014 was chair for global politics and security in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program and a Council on Foreign Relations adjunct senior fellow for human rights. Lagon was president of Freedom House from January 2015 to September 2016, having previously been executive director and CEO of anti-human trafficking nonprofit Polaris. He earlier served at the U.S. State Department as ambassador-at-large, directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2007 to 2009, and as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, with responsibility for human rights, humanitarian issues, and United Nations reform. He is the author of numerous articles on international affairs and editor of Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (2014, with Anthony Clark Arend). Lagon received an A.B. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University.