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 year 2014 has been marked by so many reversals to U.S. interests around the globe that it comes as little surprise that December should bring additional retreats. It is nonetheless stunning that so many American principles could be surrendered in just the few hours that passed between President Barack Obama’s Dec. 17 announcement of his prisoner swap with the government of Cuba and Sony...
In October 1940, Americans flocked to movie theaters to see Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, mocking the most powerful tyrant on the globe. In December 2014, movie theaters and then the production company cancelled the release of The Interview because of threats of terror from a tinpot, though totalitarian and evil, tyrant who rules a weak and decrepit nation.It's not that there is (...
The December 16 attack that claimed the lives of 132 Pakistani school children is a stark reminder of both the barbarity of  the Taliban and that all of South Asia is on the precipice of disaster as the United States ends its combat mission in neighboring Afghanistan.This moment has long been at the heart of President Obama’s approach to America’s longest war. When the President announced he...
President Obama announced today the reversal of a more than fifty-year old policy toward Cuba, stating that he will restore diplomatic relations with Havana, review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and increase travel and commerce to and from Cuba.This change in policy concerns a regime that the U.S. State Department called “an authoritarian state” in its last Human Rights...
December 17, 2014 | Americas | Democracy And Human Rights
On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted its sixth annual Forum, “A World in Crisis: The Need for American Leadership,” in Washington, D.C. At the event, leading experts and policymakers described the need to end sequestration and rebuild our defenses at a time of rising danger across the globe.Speakers at the Forum also argued that Washington must demonstrate its...
December 10, 2014 | Defense
This week, both the House and Senate will hold critical hearings to assess the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In advance of these hearings, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a full-day Forum  last week at which Ambassadors James Jeffrey and Robert Ford, who represented the United States in Iraq and Syria, respectively, described how American leadership...
December 9, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East
Over the past year, Iran has advanced its nuclear program and bypassed sanctions while desperate Western negotiators have offered a series of reported concessions in order to reach a final deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, the White House—despite persistent bipartisan objections from Congress—has rejected calls to increase pressure on the regime, instead opting for more talks,...
December 8, 2014 | Fact Sheet | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn

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