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 defining ideological battle of our present moment can best be understood as a competition between two individuals: White House Senior Counselor Stephen Bannon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The fate of the Western world as we know it may very well depend on whose worldview succeeds.Bannon, President Donald Trump’s most influential and powerful advisor, sees Western civilization locked...
We may never know the extent to which, or if at all, Edward Snowden cooperated with foreign powers when he perpetrated the greatest seizure of classified intelligence material in American history. This is a question that the veteran investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein sets out to answer in How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft. While Epstein ultimately...
February 16, 2017 | War On Terror | James Kirchick
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Whitney Morgan McNamaraFrom the mid-1930s through the Cold War, Europe was critical to U.S. strategic thinking, which developed around the assumption that foreign domination of Europe was inimical to U.S. national security. With the end of the Cold War, the United States sought to forge a Europe that was “whole and free,” and four successive U.S....
February 16, 2017 | American Leadership | Defense | Europe | Eric Edelman
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has put Tehran “on notice.” Earlier this month, Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Iran in response to its latest ballistic missile test, which defied the UN Security Council resolution tied to the July 2015 nuclear agreement. “The days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community...
February 16, 2017 | American Leadership | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Sen. John McCain asked a simple question when Gen. John “Mick” Nicholson came to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee last Thursday: “Are we winning or losing?” Nicholson responded that the war is a stalemate – an optimistic assessment given that the Afghan military is both rapidly losing control of its territory and suffering unprecedented casualties on the battlefield. Nicholson...
February 15, 2017 | Asia-Pacific | Bulletin | David Adesnik | War On Terror
What price will Vladimir Putin charge for an improvement in U.S.-Russian relations? Just days after Putin’s first phone call to President Trump, combined Russian-separatist forces launched a significant attack in eastern Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza was apparently poisoned and fell into a coma. The hesitation of the Trump White House to condemn either...
Confusion about the role and membership of the National Security Council (NSC) has proliferated following the president’s decision to assign a high-profile role on the NSC to his chief political strategist, Steve Bannon.  No president has given such a prominent role to a political advisor, yet Bannon’s elevation does build on precedents set by the previous administration. Leading newspapers...
February 8, 2017 | Americas | Bulletin | David Adesnik
Think of two significant trend lines in the world today. One is the increasing ambition and activism of the two great revisionist powers, Russia and China. The other is the declining confidence, capacity, and will of the democratic world, and especially of the United States, to maintain the dominant position it has held in the international system since 1945. As those two lines move closer, as...
February 6, 2017 | American Leadership | Robert Kagan

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