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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President Obama arrived in Japan this morning in order to attend this year’s G-7 meeting and pay a visit to Hiroshima. Amidst high-profile attacks on the value of the U.S.-Japanese alliance, President Obama’s visit provides a welcome opportunity to emphasize the strategic benefits that have ensured strong bipartisan support for the alliance for over 50 years. Japan’s high-quality Self-Defense...
May 25, 2016 | Asia-Pacific | Bulletin | David Adesnik
This morning in Hanoi, President Obama announced that the United States will lift its decades-old ban on arms sales to Vietnam. The announcement came as Obama kicked off a week-long trip to Asia—likely the last of his administration—nearly five years after he pledged that the United States would “play a larger and long-term role in shaping the region and its future, by upholding core principles...
Growing threats to U.S. national security demand a renewal of American leadership. To that end, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) recently convened a bipartisan group of senior scholars and practitioners to develop a framework for the reinvigoration of U.S. foreign policy. The group convened by CNAS included two FPI Board Members, Dr. Robert Kagan and Amb. Eric Edelman. Last week, the...
When Denmark passed a law this year permitting authorities to confiscate the personal possessions of asylum-seekers, comparisons to the Third Reich inevitably poured forth. “The idea of seizing jewelry from people who are fleeing has a particularly bitter connotation in Europe, where the Nazis confiscated large amounts of gold and other valuables from Jews and others,” Washington Post contributor...
May 20, 2016 | Europe | James Kirchick
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on how the United States can address the growing security and humanitarian crisis in Syria.  The panel consisted of Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and senior fellow at the Middle East Institute; Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace; and Tamara Coffman Wittes, senior fellow at the...
Over the past year, the Obama administration has repeatedly stated that it will vigorously enforce the nuclear deal with Iran and simultaneously combat Tehran’s terrorism, human rights abuses, ballistic missile tests, and other acts of defiance against the United States and its allies. In response, Congress has proposed dozens of bills, resolutions and amendments that would advance both...
May 17, 2016 | Analysis | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
India came in for criticism last month when it revoked the visa of an advocate for Uighur rights, Dolkun Isa. Delhi denies that it acted under pressure from China. But the Indian government’s stated reasons for canceling the visa appear less than credible. As Asia’s largest democracy, it is in India’s interest to reverse itself. India’s democratic allies should encourage it to do so.Mr. Isa’s...
In February, 500 American troops from the 10th Mountain Division rushed back to Helmand province to prevent the collapse of Afghan units fighting the Taliban. Coalition forces had withdrawn from the province in late 2014, following a multi-year campaign that drove out the Taliban at the cost of several hundred American lives. Their return to Helmand illustrates how a precipitous withdrawal of...
The CNAS Extending American Power (EAP) Project released its final report, which is the culmination of the year-long EAP series co-chaired by Dr. Robert Kagan and the Hon. James P. Rubin. Over the course of the last year, a group of current and former government officials, strategists, and scholars spanning the political spectrum met monthly with the goal of bringing together a bipartisan group...
Since the dawn of the 21st century, India has watched with mounting alarm as China encircles it with deep-water ports and arms sales to nearby countries. New roads and tunnels cut through mountains from China into Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh: Manufactured goods can travel on them, of course—but tanks could too. Like nearly everyone else in Asia, the Indians are convinced that surging Chinese...

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