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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.

Nepal a Surprising Focal Point for the Global Movement for Democracy

Though the international community pays little attention to Nepal, it’s worth noting how the resilience of the country’s democracy movement is a beacon of hope and its activists are an example to others.

Iran Targets Latin America

Three years ago the Obama Administration offered Congress soothing reassurances regarding Iran's aspirations in Latin America. Look again.

Dear President of Angola: Your Soldiers Are Starving

Soldiers in Angola’s military are in a deteriorating state, deprived of a living wage and struggling to afford food and other basic essentials—a stark contrast to luxuries displayed by the generals.

The Balkans: Backsliding, Bankrupt, and Vulnerable

In the wake of the West's endless pursuit of quick fixes, the Balkan countries are backsliding, bankrupt, or somewhere in between. And western 'investments' have provided meager returns.

Iran and Oman: Burgeoning Allies

Oman—often called the Switzerland of the Gulf—is strengthening ties with Iran in a way that will likely strain the Gulf region's alignments and politics.

Staying in Afghanistan

Obama’s decision to slow down the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan through 2017 should prevent gains by the Taliban and continue to strengthen the National Unity Government.