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A Religious Awakening in China that Seems Uncontrollable

As young and educated Chinese urbanites are increasingly drawn to Christianity in large numbers, the suspicious death of activist-lawyer Li Baiguang and the stepped-up persecution of Christians suggests the Xi dictatorship is nervous.

Abbas: In Search of a New Strategy

As the US reasserts its role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, charting a different course than past administrations, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is in search of new strategy.

In an Era of Geopolitical Uncertainty, Lithuania Inspires

While threatened by a hostile Russia, Lithuania is clear-headed, engaged, and determined. Its leadership understands what it’s up against, and it has the will to defend itself.

Iranians in the Streets, Again.

Protests in Iran mirror past uprisings in their demands for economic reform and increased personal freedom, but this time the protests are more decentralized. Will they succeed?

A Proxy for the Kremlin: The Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church has become a valuable soft power tool in the Kremlin’s strategy to exploit divisions and dismantle European and transatlantic ties.

A Corruption Sting Gone Public Sparks Debate in Kiev

An independent court in Ukraine would break down the culture of corruption that has limited citizens’ opportunity, choked national development, and rewarded the country’s elites and thugs alike.

Migration Summit Yields Some Optimism, But Success Depends on Libya

Europe’s Big Four recently met with leaders from Libya, Chad, and Niger to discuss migration. Their efforts may improve the crisis, but all long-term success will depend on Libya.

Why Women Must Be Enlisted in the Fight Against ISIS

There are crucial roles for the women of Iraq, Syria, and Yemen to play in resisting ISIS, yet women’s perspectives are remarkably absent from peace and security strategies.

Europe's Migration Crisis Needs Comprehensive Approach

The European Union must cooperate on border strategies, but also strategies to reduce the deprivation, corruption, and fear that’s driving the migrants to Europe.

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.