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 Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow on the impacts of sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) on national security. The chiefs of staff of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps are scheduled to testify. The hearing will occur just days before the expected arrival on February 2 of President Obama’s new defense budget.Early reports...
January 28, 2015 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense
When President Obama first threatened this month to veto bipartisan legislation authorizing new, conditional sanctions against Iran, he inadvertently admitted that diplomacy cannot succeed without pressure. Obama said on Friday that “if Iran ends up ultimately not being able to say yes . . . I will be the first one to come to Congress and say we need to tighten the screws.”In...
January 28, 2015 | Middle East | Christopher J. Griffin
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Engel, Members of the Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the implications of the Obama Administration’s approach to the Iran nuclear negotiations. I have followed this issue for more than a decade, first as the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and then as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Since retiring from...
Media ContactRyan RichardsonExternal Affairs AssociateForeign Policy Initiativerrichardson@foreignpolicyi.org202-296-3322 (o)On Tuesday, January 27, FPI Board Member Eric Edelman will appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding Iran nuclear negotiations beyond the second extension of talks agreed to in November of 2014. Ambassador Edelman will appear...
January 26, 2015 | Middle East
The Senate Banking Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow on the strategic necessity of Iran sanctions. The hearing, which will feature testimony by Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen, comes as President Obama threatens to veto proposed legislation that would impose conditional sanctions on Iran.The event...
By FPI Eurasia Analyst Hannah Thoburn and Anton BarbashinIt was supposed to have been a “year of victories” for Russia. Only twelve months ago, Russia was concluding preparations for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, an expensive, flashy and colorful production designed to prove that Russia, led by the pugnacious Vladimir Putin, was back, fully developed, and ready to claim its place as one of the...
January 25, 2015 | Europe | Hannah Thoburn
By FPI Fellow James Kirchick and Shane HarrisBefore he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.The Daily Beast has learned that the proposal was floated in July 2014 to the then-U.S. ambassador in Qatar by an individual acting on behalf of that country...
January 25, 2015 | Middle East | War On Terror | James Kirchick
Otto von Bismarck may never have said what’s often ascribed to him: “There is a special Providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.” But he could have, and it probably sounds even better in German. In any case, one can certainly see, looking back, why the apparently apocryphal quotation became famous. It’s true, after all, that America has seemed providentially fortunate at...
Politics follows geopolitics, or so it has often seemed throughout history. When the Athenian democracy’s empire rose in the fifth century B.C.E., the number of Greek city-states ruled by democrats proliferated; Sparta’s power was reflected in the spread of Spartan-style oligarchies. When the Soviet Union’s power rose in the early Cold War years, communism spread. In the later Cold War years,...

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