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January/February 2012

As the Washington Post’s Chuck Lane explains in this issue of World Affairs, Barack Obama’s comfortable foreign policy approval ratings will likely diminish the standing of foreign policy in the debates that will lead us to our choice in November 2012. To most that will seem ironic, given that in the last election cycle this issue was front and center for candidate McCain, who famously called candidate Obama “dangerous” to the nation’s security in a campaign that was dominated by war, withdrawal from war, “torture,” proliferation, terrorism, the Patriot Act, and related topics bearing on matters beyond our borders. ... Read More

Man On A Mission: Bill Browder vs. the Kremlin

After the Kremlin tortured and murdered one of his lawyers for investigating government corruption, Bill Browder began a global campaign to bring justice to Sergei Magnitsky's killers.

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Afghanistan Now

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The Occupiers, Seen from Europe

Two decades after Communism, rallies for free people decrying their free societies look suspiciously retrograde—or worse.

The GOP Candidates and Foreign Policy

To the extent they focus on foreign affairs at all, the current GOP hopefuls differ greatly from their predecessors.
Last year was not the first time Arabs called for change in the face of stubborn autocrats, but it was the first time their calls paid off—at least initially.
The end of authoritarian regimes is a positive development, but disillusionment has grown in the Middle East and the West as theocratic forces threaten to reverse the progress of last year's revolutions.
The number of genuinely liberal democracies to emerge soon in the Arab world is likely to be one or zero.