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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By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Whitney McNamaraThe decade and a half the United States has spent fighting the “long war” in the Middle East has yielded many tactical successes but left a lasting victory elusive. The inconclusive nature of these struggles has sapped support for the U.S. policy of shouldering the burden of providing security and stability in the region. Although many believed...
March 15, 2017 |
In "Analysts: Iran Has Been Put ‘On Notice’; Time to Show U.S. Means Business," CNSNews.com's Patrick Goodenough writes:Pointing to both recent naval provocations in the Gulf and missile tests, Tzvi Kahn, a senior policy analyst at the non-profit Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) in Washington, argued that “Tehran likely seeks to determine whether the new president will respond – or, more precisely...
March 10, 2017 | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Europeans are waking up to the fact that Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened by violent ones: overthrow democratic governments.Utilizing methods both overt (dissemination of “fake news” through propaganda instruments like RT and Sputnik) and covert (hacks and leaks), Russia is aiming to influence national elections across the Continent. Nowhere is this...
Last weekend, several fast-attack vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) accosted a U.S. Navy warship in the Strait of Hormuz, compelling it to shift course. Tehran also test-fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles into the Gulf of Oman, defying the U.N. Security Council resolution tied to the July 2015 nuclear deal. These provocations carry distinct symbolism: Iran...
March 9, 2017 | Bulletin | Tzvi Kahn
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Whitney McNamaraThe United States — preoccupied with the wars of the Middle East and a pivot to Asia — has largely left the global playing field to Russian President Putin and must now lead NATO by forging a new consensus on the Russian threat and investing in new weapons.The correlation of forces in the European theater has arguably not been...

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