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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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, will testify this Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh).  Earlier this week, President Obama announced plans to deploy as many as 250 more U.S. military personnel to Syria to help train...
Sanctions and diplomacy have failed to deter North Korea from expanding its nuclear program. Having conducted its fourth nuclear test at the beginning of this year, North Korea is completing its preparations to conduct a fifth. Pyongyang has simultaneously been expanding its ballistic missile program. While the Obama administration pursues punitive sanctions, North Korea flagrantly continues to...
April 27, 2016 | Asia-Pacific | Bulletin | Evan Beese
Harry Wu, the former Chinese political prisoner died Tuesday at 79. In the 1990s, Mr. Wu used his personal experiences and research to bring the matter of forced labor—and the products they exported to the West—into the then vigorous American debate over human rights in China. Thanks to Mr. Wu, the word "laogai" referring to a vast system of prison labor camps entered the vocabulary much as the...
The readiness of the nation’s armed forces continues to suffer because of the harsh and unjustified cuts imposed via the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 and the attendant process of sequestration. In addition to repealing these harmful cuts, Congress should also work with the Pentagon in order to enact meaningful, and continuous reforms to get the most value out of each defense dollar. In a new...
April 25, 2016 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Defense
Veterans of the 2014 Umbrella movement in Hong Kong are turning to formal politics. The young leaders of the street demonstrations that brought the central business district to a standstill in an effort to gain democratic elections have founded new political parties.At the launching of Demosisto on April 10, founder Joshua Wong said his party seeks a voice for Hong Kong’s people . “At least let...
By FPI Board Member Robert Kagan and Ivo H. DaalderThe economic, political and security strategy that the United States has pursued for more than seven decades, under Democratic and Republican administrations alike, is today widely questioned by large segments of the American public and is under attack by leading political candidates in both parties. Many Americans no longer seem to value the...
April 22, 2016 | American Leadership | Robert Kagan
President Obama’s meeting today with the heads of Washington’s Arab Gulf allies comes at a critical juncture in his relationship with the region. Mr. Obama, traveling with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, will seek to reassure the Gulf Cooperation Council of America’s commitment to its security.  This effort follows a year in which tensions between the United States and its regional...
Without a trace of irony, Tehran has once again accused Washington of failing to uphold its obligations under the nuclear deal. In a speech on Friday, the governor of Iran’s Central Bank argued that the pact, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would collapse if the United States continues to deny Iran access to the dollar — a claim with no basis in the text of the...
April 20, 2016 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn

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