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 Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) has carefully monitored nuclear negotiations with Iran as well as Tehran’s activities in the Middle East. As policymakers and the larger public debate these critical issues, FPI has collected a number of our recent publications that we hope will serve as a concise resource for further research.FPI has also assembled these publications into a single PDF, which...
July 1, 2015 | Middle East
In "Nuclear Deal Would Leave Iran With 5,000 Centrifuges," Washington Free Beacon reporter Adam Kredo reports:Iran will be permitted to operate more than 5,000 nuclear centrifuges under any final deal secured in the coming days, according to Western sources who fear that the Islamic Republic could use such technology to continue building a nuclear weapon.Sources commenting on the resumed talks...
June 30, 2015 | Middle East
Over the past three years, the Obama administration has delineated the criteria that any final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must meet. In speeches, congressional testimony, press conferences, and media interviews, administration officials have also articulated their expectations from Tehran with repeated declarations: “No deal is better than a bad deal.”This FPI Analysis, which...
June 29, 2015 | Analysis | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Here's a news bulletin from the Iran talks in Vienna:US says system reached to give UN access to suspect Iran sitesVienna (AFP) - A system has been reached in talks between Iran and major powers towards a nuclear deal that will give the UN atomic watchdog access to all suspect sites, a senior US official said Monday."The entry point isn't we must be able to get into every military site, because...
June 29, 2015 | Middle East | William Kristol
“You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you will never lose it again.” That is the promise that President Obama made last September in Tallinn. It was not just a promise to the people of Estonia, but to all members of NATO. However, President Obama’s policies have not fulfilled the promise of his stirring rhetoric. This week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is visiting Europe...
On June 18, Hong Kong’s democracy movement scored a victory when its representatives in the legislature blocked a Beijing-sponsored initiative to determine how the chief executive of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people is to be chosen.  Under the plan, Hong Kong’s 5 million eligible voters would have been allowed to cast a ballot in the 2017 election for chief executive, but only for candidates...
On April 2, immediately after Iran and the P5+1 concluded a nuclear framework agreement, President Obama said that U.S. sanctions on Iran “for its support of terrorism, its human rights abuses, its ballistic missile program, will continue to be fully enforced” under a final deal. According to a recent Associated Press report, however, the Obama administration will instead drop most of these...
The successful airstrike against Nasser al-Wuhayshi—the leader of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen and the second-in-command of the overall organization—is a commendable and important victory in the War on Terror.  However, this type of tactical success will not translate into enduring gains against Islamist extremism absent a coherent U.S. strategy to deny terrorist groups a territorial safe...

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