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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President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfill his pledges to promote “equal civil rights” in Iran and advance a “constructive approach to diplomacy.” Instead, he has presided over a regime that continues to support wide-ranging political repression, religious persecution, and global terrorism. In the most recent high-profile abuse, Tehran on Saturday executed a 26-year-old woman for killing the...
Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) received the Distinguished Service Award from the Center for the National Interest. In his remarks, Paul laid out the basic principles of what he described as a “conservative realism of strength and action.” He also cited the admonition of diplomat George Kennan that the United States must distinguish its vital interests from its peripheral ones.Paul first...
October 29, 2014 | American Leadership | David Adesnik
The U.S.-led coalition has little to show for more than two months of airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a campaign now titled Operation Inherent Resolve.  ISIS has steadily expanded its reach throughout Iraq’s western province of Anbar, from where it can threaten Baghdad.  What’s more, although airstrikes around the besieged town of Kobani have reportedly...
On Monday, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call on Ukraine’s parliamentary elections.  James Kirchick, an FPI Fellow, gave his on-the-ground perspective and analysis on the vote as an election observer for the International Republican Institute (IRI).In addition to the full audio of the event, FPI believes the following quotes will be helpful for policymakers,...
October 28, 2014 | Democracy And Human Rights | Europe
On Sunday, the leaders of Hong Kong’s democracy protests abruptly scrapped a poll of protester sentiment they had announced just days earlier. The idea of the poll had been to get protesters’ reactions to two bones thrown to them by the Hong Kong government in televised talks held on October 21.   In those talks, protest leaders wanted to talk about democracy and, in particular, reversal of...
Did Rand Paul just become a supporter of George W. Bush’s freedom agenda? “The world does not have an Islam problem,” Paul explained a few days ago. “The world has a dignity problem, with millions of men and women across the Middle East being treated as chattel by their own governments.” Such words clearly echo President Bush’s declaration that, “Sixty years of Western nations excusing and...
October 28, 2014 | American Leadership | David Adesnik
CHERKASY, Ukraine—The Ukrainian people emerged from the polls on Sunday with an unambiguous message: they wish to continue their turn to Europe.Five months after electing a pro-Western president in the form of confectionary magnate Petro Poroshenko, and nearly a year after the start of the Maidan revolution that ousted the corrupt regime of former president Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainians expressed...
In "Getting the War Right and Over ASAP," Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin writes:It is very hard for Obama or his anti-interventionist critics, both of whose understanding of the region is based on false premises, to come up with an effective and timely response to the rise of the Islamic State. Granted, this is a very difficult problem after more than three years of inactivity in the...
In "Pro-Western Parties Dominate Ukraine Elections as Clashes with Russian-Backed Forces Continue," Washington Free Beacon reporter Daniel Wiser writes:Pro-Western parties prevailed in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections over the weekend, but the country’s armed forces continued to suffer casualties amid fighting with Russian-backed separatists in the east....James Kirchick, a journalist and fellow...

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