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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.

The UK Adopts Modern Definition of Anti-Semitism

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced an updated definition of anti-Semitism that addresses unfair hostility toward the state of Israel. Hopefully Jeremy Corbyn’s staff gets the memo.

Invest in Tunisia with a Free Trade Agreement

The Tunisian government is working hard to combat the threat of terrorism, and the United States should support the moderate Arab state by setting up a free trade agreement.

Castro: Revolutionary or Tyrannical Demagogue?

The passing of Fidel Castro should be marked by tributes to those who lost their lives resisting his oppression and a recommit to a free and democratic Cuba.

Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

The Western powers are weakening and the authoritarians are ascendent. The question is whether the West can summon the will and the unity to rise to the challenge.

Ukrainian Officials Declare Wealth in Transparency Milestone

Under pressure from the West, some 50,000 Ukrainian officials just publicly declared their personal assets. The staggering wealth has stunned the citizens, but a tradition of disclosure will make for a healthier country.

Czech President Rescinds Medal for Holocaust Survivor

Czech President Miloš Zeman exemplifies Central Europe’s recent democratic backsliding. His latest blunder: to appease China by rescinding a medal from a Holocaust survivor over support for Tibet.

The Power to Vilify on Social Media Trumps Reverence

The outpouring of grief for Thailand’s King Rama IX makes one wonder if reverence and respect for national leaders will fall victim to the tendency to vilify and stigmatize public figures on social media.

Modernization, Literacy, and Stagnation in the Arab World

Perhaps the Arab world’s deep-rooted problems with literacy and modernity would be aided—like in much of the developing world—by adoption of alphabetic writing.

Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Fight Makes Strides

Corruption has eroded Ukraine’s entire judicial system yet the public has kept up pressure to transform it, and important and visible progress is finally taking shape.

Turkey’s Tensions With West Are Nothing New

Turkey’s pivot to Russia is cause for alarm but not surprise. Government messages, reinforced by media, sow mistrust of the West, and have been getting louder for some time.