Dr. Edward Lemon, a Kennan Institute fellow at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School, was interviewed by Foreign Policy about his ongoing research on the abuse of Interpol by authoritarian states to pursue political opponents abroad. Foreign Policy reaches an international audience of millions and has become a trusted source of insight and analysis for leaders from the government, business, finance, and academic world. Dr. Lemon’s expertise derived from his ongoing research adds to the global backdrop of national security issues enabling DMGS students to broaden their perspective on issues crucial to the contemporary operating environment.
Insights based upon Dr. Lemon’s expert knowledge of international relations were featured in Amy Mackinnon‘s The Scourge of the Red Notice report. Mackinnon draws attention to the nightmarish situation faced by those unjustly targeted with Red Notices, international arrest requests, which, according to Interpol’s own constitution, should not be used for political purposes.
Edward Lemon, a Kennan Institute fellow at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School, estimates that per capita, Tajikistan may be one of the worst offenders [abusing Interpol Red Notices]. The former Soviet republic accounts for about 0.12 percent of the world’s population but has issued 2.3 percent of the Red Notices in circulation last year. Lemon said that a significant portion of these are likely to be for Tajiks who have gone to fight with extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. But following a failed coup attempt in 2015, Tajikistan began issuing Red Notices for members of political opposition parties.
You can read the full Foreign Policy report here.
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Edward Lemon, Ph.D. is the DMGS-Kennan Institute Fellow at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School.
Between September 2016 and August 2018, Dr. Lemon was a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. He gained his PhD in international studies from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom in 2016.