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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On December 17, 2010, a Tunisian produce vender named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest harassment by local officials. His act of defiance inspired a revolution against the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, followed by uprisings against authoritarian regimes across North Africa and the Middle East. Although the “Arab Spring” has largely ended in tragedy, Tunisia stands apart as a...
We were right to invade Iraq in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein, and to complete the job we should have finished in 1991.Even with the absence of caches of weapons of mass destruction, and the mistakes we made in failing to send enough troops at first and to provide security from the beginning for the Iraqi people, we were right to persevere through several difficult years. We were able to bring...
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing tomorrow morning on the way forward in U.S.-Cuba relations.  Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Thomas Shannon, the Counselor of the State Department, will testify. The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is closely monitoring the latest developments in U.S.-Cuba relations,...
The recent attack against the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas, offers a troubling reminder that ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL, directly threatens the United States. The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) believes the following fact sheet will prove useful for policymakers and the general public to understand the nature and scale of the threat. For a...
ZEMITHANG, India — My friends and I had gone as far as we could toward the border with China. We were tracing, in reverse, the Dalai Lama’s path into India from Chinese-occupied Tibet in March 1959. We stopped in this village, on a rise in the road overlooking a river in the far western corner of India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, to look for anyone old enough to remember the Dalai...
By FPI Board Member William Kristol and Michael MakovskyLet’s begin by doing something we don’t often do, and that is quoting the New York Times at some length. We do this because David Sanger’s report of Thursday, May 14, makes clear how mistaken are the premises underlying President Obama’s forthcoming Iran deal:When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay...
Recent gains by armed opposition forces have rekindled the hope that Bashar al-Assad’s brutal dictatorship is coming to an end in Syria. In reality, while neither Assad nor the armed opposition is yet capable of defeating the other, their enduring battle is destroying Syria, destabilizing the region, and driving thousands to join ISIS and al-Qaeda. Had President Obama moved swiftly to train and...
Havana — I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector upon entering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately after clearing customs at José Marti International Airport, visitors line up for a security check. Anyone found carrying contraband — counterrevolutionary books, say, or a spare...
This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on safeguarding American interests in the East and South China Seas.  Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Shear will testify.The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) continues to monitor the evolving...

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The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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