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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By FPI Board Member Amb. Eric Edelman and Michèle FlournoyThis summer’s dramatic global events — from the rise of the Islamic State, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, war between Hamas and Israel, violent confrontations and air strikes in Libya and continued tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the East and South China seas — have reminded us all that the United States faces perhaps the most...
September 19, 2014 | American Leadership | Defense | Eric Edelman
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress today to appeal for U.S. support as his nation faces ongoing Russian aggression. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe, warned earlier this week that “little green men” — troops wearing uniforms without insignia, which Russia first used to seize the Crimea — now pose a...
By FPI Board Member and Ambassador Eric Edelman, Ambassador Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyhs the United States begins its campaign to destroy the Islamic State, many voices can be counted on to call for cooperation with Iran. Among those has been none other than Secretary of State John Kerry, who insisted that Iran’s exclusion from the Paris Conference “doesn’t mean that we are opposed to the idea of...
September 18, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East | Eric Edelman
Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, President Barack Obama earlier this month affirmed America's commitment to defend NATO allies in Eastern Europe. The reassurance was welcomed, particularly by the Baltic republics, which have been feeling the heat from Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Yet Mr. Obama's speech telegraphed an unintended message to Moscow: Keep Crimea and continue violating Ukraine's...
September 17, 2014 | American Leadership | Europe | James Kirchick
We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to intervene without an exit strategy, and his usual reluctance to acknowledge (even implicitly) that his ...
September 16, 2014 | Africa | American Leadership | William Kristol
Congress plans to vote this week on legislation that would authorize the Obama administration to provide the moderate Syrian opposition with equipment and training to combat ISIS. Media reports indicate that significant bipartisan cooperation will be required in order to approve the measure. The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) believes the following fact sheet will be useful as lawmakers and...
Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify before Congress in several hearings this week. Their appearances follow President Obama’s announcement of a new strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), which has taken control over large...
In "NATO Chief Warns Moscow: No More Stealth Invasions," The Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake writes:On Monday, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove had a not-so-subtle message for Russia: it will consider stealth and unofficial invasions to be a trigger for war.Europe knows these stealth invasions all too well. Russia first sent teams of special operations forces wearing uniforms without...
September 15, 2014 | Europe | Hannah Thoburn
In his September 10 speech to the nation, President Obama said, “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.”Obama’s wrong. Standing with people who fight for their own freedom and rallying other nations are good things. But they’re not American leadership at its...

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