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When “Alternative Facts” Kill

Alternative facts, hysteria, and conspiracy theories have long stirred hatred, misdirected fury, and killed in the Middle East—this time at the Al-Aqsa mosque at the Temple Mount.

Turkey, Home to 2.9 Million Syrian Refugees

UN Ambassador Niki Haley has advocated a new approach to aid millions of refugees worldwide, but particularly Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Tunisia, a Strategic Partner Needing Support

The Trump administration budget would cut aid to Tunisia by 82%, a move that would undermine the democratic gains and regional stability that Tunisia has worked hard to maintain.

Anti-Corruption Efforts Showing Results in Ukraine

Although Ukrainian officials continue to resist anti-corruption efforts, international and domestic pressure are leveraging important progress.

Airbrushing Stalin and Mao’s Horrific Crimes

Russia’s Putin and China’s Xi have led efforts to not merely whitewash two of the world's most notorious mass murders, but indeed to vindicate and resurrect them as national heroes.

Reagan’s Westminster Address and Democracy 35 Years Later

Ronald Reagan correctly foreshadowed the forward "march of freedom and democracy" 35 years ago. Given the retrenchment of authoritarianism in Russia and elsewhere, would he be optimistic today?

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly on the New Hamas Policy Principles

Hamas recently updated its general policy principles and the changes may improve strained relations with Egypt and others. But it remains a long way from acceptable positions on Israel.

In a Deluge of New Media, Autocrats Swim, Democracies Sink

The world’s autocrats and dictators have mastered the internet, the airwaves, and new media to control information and suppress opposition at home, and to spread disinformation and propaganda abroad.

What the US Might Learn From Singapore

The seriousness with which US politicians and policy makers deliberate fails to measure up to the seriousness of the global challenges ahead. Perhaps Singapore can offer a lesson.

Lessons Unlearned: War, Occupation, and Governance

Until the United States learns how to win the peace, its battlefield successes will likely be undone and for naught.

Standing Up for Democracy

Foreign aid is often mistaken for charity but by working to expand the borders of freedom abroad, the United States is safer and more prosperous.

Answering the Kremlin’s Challenge

After coddling Putin during his political rise marked by repression at home and invasion abroad, the West must shun, isolate, and sanction the Kremlin's kleptocrats.

China Promotes an Authoritarian-flavored Globalization  

Beijing has been busy harnessing the global information infrastructure to institutionalize authoritarian norms, and now Xi Jinping wants to go further in shaping the international order.

Artmenko's Doomed Ukraine 'Peace Plan'

MP Artemenko maintains that the “peace plan” he delivered to Trump's lawyer which ended up on General Flynn’s desk, was approved by Ukraine's political elite, including President Poroshenko.

Dear President-elect Trump

"It would be a grave mistake to end the current sanctions on Russia or accept the division and subjugation of Ukraine."

European Crisis Looms in the Balkans

Weak institutions, corruption, ethnic divisions, radicalization, and historic grievances are reaching combustible levels in the Balkans. The Kremlin fuels it, as the West tries to wish it away.

Vladimir Kara-Murza on Life Support

For the second time in less than two years, Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza was suddenly stricken ill and hospitalized in Moscow this morning. There is reason to suspect the Kremlin.

How to Keep Russia Sanctions Trump-Proof

US sanctions to punish the Kremlin for invading Crimea and eastern Ukraine should be codified by Congress to ensure they stick.

The New Arab–Israeli Alliance

The Sunni Arab world, unofficially led by Saudi Arabia, is quietly forging a de facto alliance with Israel against Iran. This new alliance has reduced the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an asterisk.

Ukraine’s Reforms To Reap Economic Reward in 2017

Three years after Ukraine’s revolution and after significant reform, the country’s economy has stabilized and is ready for growth. Dangers lie ahead, but opportunities are apparent.