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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Sometimes a speech is just a speech. Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran policy on March 3 will not be his first address to Congress. It will make familiar, if important, arguments. One might assume that, like the vast majority of speeches, it would soon be overtaken by events in Israel and the United States and the world.But the Obama administration’s reaction to the Israeli prime minister’s...
February 27, 2015 | Middle East | William Kristol
You can’t have a peace dividend without the peace. Nearly four years ago, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which cut $487 billion from projected defense spending over the next ten years. The act also paved the way for sequestration, which would slash an additional $495 billion from the defense budget, for an overall total of almost $1 trillion in cuts. Yet now, after six months at...
February 27, 2015 | American Leadership | David Adesnik | Defense
On February 26, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill about the latest developments in nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran. David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Michael Singh of the Washington Institute...
February 27, 2015 | Middle East
The nuclear agreement that the P5+1 and Iran are reportedly developing would fail to achieve the objective that the United States articulated at the outset of the talks: preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.According to the Associated Press and The New York Times, the prospective deal would allow Tehran to possess 6,500 centrifuges for the first 10 years of the agreement, upon which a...
February 26, 2015 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
The House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on emerging challenges to the peace of Europe. General Philip Breedlove, the commander of NATO, and Christine Wormuth, the undersecretary of defense for policy, are scheduled to testify. The hearing will occur in the midst of ongoing violence that threatens to undermine the new cease-fire signed on February 12 in Minsk....
February 25, 2015 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Europe
Has Chris Matthews joined the ranks of the dreaded neoconservatives?Usually the MSNBC host has no time for foreign policy interventionists, national security hawks, and the other assorted defense intellectuals crudely classified under the “neocon” label. “There’s always a war that the neocons are looking forward to,” he grumbled in 2012. “Neocons,” he said that same year in a discussion of Mitt...
February 25, 2015 | Middle East | War On Terror | James Kirchick
Media ContactRyan Richardson, FPI External Affairs Associate202-360-6959 or rrichardson@foreignpolicyi.orgWashington, D.C. – Eighty-five former U.S. government officials, retired U.S. military leaders, and national security experts today sent an open letter urging House and Senate leadership to work together to end the needless harm that the Budget Control Act and sequestration are inflicting on...
The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate.  Russia and its proxy forces have continually violated  the cease-fire agreement they signed two weeks ago in Minsk. The most flagrant violation of the cease-fire has been what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called this weekend a “full scale assault” on the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve.  This latest disaster—and the...
February 23, 2015 | American Leadership | Bulletin | Europe | Evan Moore

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