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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The first month of 2012 was, indeed, a highly auspicious time to wave the banner of special-operations forces in support of a new national-security strategy.Through the Osama bin Laden raid and other recent victories, special operators had amassed unprecedented prestige both within Washington and in the country more generally.Special-operations forces seemed not only more exciting, but also more...
May 22, 2017 | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
My interest in the Vietnam War began in the early 1990s, when I took a college course on the history of the conflict. Part of what drew me to the subject was the visceral contempt that my peers, professors and intellectuals generally had not just for the war, but for its veterans. It seemed to me a profound wrong that the young men who had risked their lives in Southeast Asia were deemed less...
May 19, 2017 | Asia-Pacific | Mark Moyar
North Korea’s test of an intermediate-range missile this weekend is a stark illustration of Pyongyang’s progress toward a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead against the American homeland. This “slow-motion Cuban Missile Crisis,” as some national security experts have called it, requires a determined U.S. response.  While the Trump administration’s emerging approach is...
The death of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken and the wounding of two more U.S. troops in Somalia this month marked the first deadly engagement for American forces in the country since the Battle of Mogadishu of October 1993. The two events differ in notable respects, not least in their magnitude—the battle of October 3-4, 1993, resulted in 18 Americans killed and 79 wounded. But both operations reflect...
May 15, 2017 | Africa | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
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May 6, 2017 | James Kirchick
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May 4, 2017 | Ellen Bork
Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission, it is an honor to appear before you alongside leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Thank you for including me in today’s hearing.As we approach the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to mainland Chinese rule, a great deal has changed.Beijing has dropped the pretense of respect for Hong Kong’s autonomy and the “one country, two systems”...
At last September’s G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, Barack Obama put the fear of God into Vladimir Putin. Or at least he tried. Two months earlier, American intelligence officials informed the President they had “high confidence” it was Russian hackers who had broken into computer servers belonging to the Democratic National Committee and transmitted some 20,000 stolen emails to WikiLeaks, which...
By FPI Policy Intern Kelsey PattersonLast week, the Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing to examine U.S. assistance to Egypt, which has totaled more than $30 billion over the past 20 years. The hearing featured testimony from Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations, Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former Assistant Secretary of State...
On his first day in office, President Trump pledged to rebuild the U.S. military. Last month, he submitted a budget that would begin to reverse damaging cuts to the defense budget. However, during critical last-minute negotiations to avoid a government shutdown, the president has fallen mostly silent on defense. As a result, he has jeopardized the first installment of funding necessary to begin...
April 28, 2017 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense

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