Democracy And Human Rights

Do not forget those who suffer under tyranny and violence. Do not abandon them to the evils of totalitarian rule or democratic neglect. For the freedom we celebrate is not the freedom to starve, or the freedom to languish in a long starless night of the soul. This, at least, is something that should be beyond debate.

– President Ronald Reagan, 1992

 

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Yesterday, FPI hosted a conference call to discuss the attempted coup in Turkey and the impact it will have on U.S.-Turkish relations, the civil war in Syria, and the erosion of political liberty under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The speakers on the call were Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, Blaise Misztal of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Christopher Kozak of the...
July 20, 2016 | Europe | Middle East | War On Terror
One week after an international tribunal dismissed China’s claim to a vast swath of the South China Sea as having “no legal basis,” Beijing announced military exercises and began flying combat patrols over the disputed waters.In the context of China’s record of asserting its claims via force, this counts as a relatively restrained response, and one that will likely last through the summer as...
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The recent release of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the origins of the Iraq War has predictably inspired recriminations about that country’s disintegration into political turmoil and sectarian violence. Since the American-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, a series of government investigations, of which the British-sanctioned Chilcot report is the latest, have highlighted the role...
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman, Michael Makovsky, and Jonathan RueThe year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program was announced has been a strategic windfall for Iran and a disaster for the United States. Many of the deal’s shortcomings were glaring from the beginning, yet they have been magnified by serial and gratuitous U.S. concessions to unilateral...
Today marks the first anniversary of the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Foreign Policy Initiative has carefully monitored the deal’s implementation over the past year and published extensively about Tehran’s continued provocations. FPI believes that this selection of resources from the past 12 months will prove useful to...
July 14, 2016 |
Iran may have violated the nuclear deal, German intelligence suggests. In its annual report, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the German equivalent of the FBI, stated that Tehran continued its “illegal proliferation-sensitive procurement activities” at “a quantitatively high level” in 2015, thereby raising questions about the adequacy of the accord’s provisions governing Tehran’s...
July 13, 2016 | Bulletin | Tzvi Kahn
The decision by British voters to withdraw from the European Union led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who will be replaced tomorrow by fellow Conservative Theresa May. May quietly opposed withdrawal from the EU while making it clear that she will respect the voters’ judgement. Important decisions about national security will soon confront the new Prime Minister. Next week,...
July 12, 2016 | Europe
Political parties are by their nature coalitions. Various constituencies, sometimes socially and ideologically disparate, put aside their differences and join together in the pursuit of political power. It was a diverse group of African-Americans, urban “white ethnic” party machines, labor unions, Jews, intellectuals, and poor Southern farmers which comprised Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal...
July 11, 2016 | Europe | James Kirchick

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