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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Yesterday, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call about the latest developments in nuclear negotiations with Iran. Josh Block of the Israel Project, reporting on-the-ground from Lausanne, Switzerland, and Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies offered their perspectives on the evolving situation.In addition to the full audio of the event, FPI believes the...
March 28, 2015 | Middle East
Jerusalem—On Tuesday I spent some time with the reelected prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. I think he was happy to take a short break from his Herculean labors of putting together a government and dealing with controversies galore. So we engaged in some small talk and exchanged compliments and stories about our parents. I particularly enjoyed his fascinating account of his father’s...
March 27, 2015 | Middle East | William Kristol
RT is dismissed by many as a propaganda channel, while others embrace it as refreshingly provocative. Viewers aren’t the only ones with conflicting opinions: guests invited to speak also differ about appearing — or not appearing — on RT.RT Watch is reaching out to various pundits who have been invited onto RT programs to hear their thoughts, via email interviews. Today: James Kirchik,...
On Monday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) spoke about U.S. national security and the importance of military strength at an event co-sponsored by FPI and the American Action Forum (AAF). Following his address, there was a panel discussion featuring Mackenzie Eaglen of the American Enterprise Institute, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the president of AAF, and David Adesnik, policy director at FPI.The Foreign Policy...
March 25, 2015 | American Leadership | Defense
Four months after the latest extension of talks with Iran and one week before the March 31 deadline for a political framework agreement, the Islamist regime continues to build up its nuclear program, refuse meaningful compromises, bypass international sanctions, and threaten its neighbors. At the same time, the P5+1 has offered concessions that would preserve Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure,...
March 24, 2015 | Fact Sheet | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
After heated committee debates, the House and Senate will each take up budget resolutions this week that would make minimal changes to the $1 trillion in defense cuts required by the Budget Control Act (BCA). A recent FPI fact sheet explained the key features of the defense budget proposal introduced in the House Budget Committee, as well as options proposed by President Obama, the chairmen of...
March 23, 2015 | Defense | Fact Sheet
In "Defending America," The Economist's Lexington columnist writes:"The idea is taking hold that the next presidential contest will revolve around national security. Republicans are especially keen to make this case, and to argue that this is terrific news for their party. Half the 2016 field seem to have sought out Henry Kissinger for a chat or studied with the John Hay Initiative—a network of...
March 21, 2015 | Defense | Eric Edelman

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