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8 Apr 2018

As Hungarians Head to the Polls, Will European Allegiance Suffer?

Hungarians are headed to the polls Sunday April 8, and many are concerned about the country’s turn away from Western-style democracy, but the reality is far more complex.
3 Jun 2018

A Hero and a Martyr, Remembering Liu Xiaobo

Instead of promoting liberalization, China’s dramatic economic growth has reinforced the regime’s belief in the legitimacy and superiority of its state-driven economic model. The Economist magazine bluntly stated, “The West’s 25-year bet on China has failed.”
1 Mar 2018

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.
4 May 2018

Authoritarianism Breeds Extremism, Democracy Deters It

Research and facts on the ground show that democratic openness deters extremism more effectively than authoritarians whose first goal is to preserve the regime.
16 Oct 2017

A Corruption Sting Gone Public Sparks Outrage, 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.
28 May 2018

A Timeline: The Making of Boris Nemtsov Plaza

A newly named plaza in front of Russia’s embassy in Washington DC pays tribute to a slain opposition figure’s courage and resilience, and to his Russian and American supporters determined to promote and preserve his legacy.
28 Mar 2018

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.
4 Jan 2018

Iranians Try Yet Again to Change Their Government

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?
12 Jun 2017

Anti-Corruption Efforts Showing Results in Ukraine

Although Ukrainian officials continue to resist anti-corruption efforts, international and domestic pressure are leveraging important progress.
7 Jun 2017

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.
10 Aug 2017

Only a Comprehensive Approach Will Solve Europe’s Migration Crisis

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.
13 Jun 2017

Tunisia is a Strategic Partner to be Supported

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.
19 Apr 2016

Putin Consolidates Domestic Power


In a little noticed move, Vladimir Putin has established an entirely new security structure that further consolidates his personal grip on domestic control.
5 Dec 2017

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.
1 Mar 2018

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.
6 Jun 2017

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?
27 Jun 2012

The Country That Is the World: Syria’s Clashing Communities

Given Syria’s widespread poverty and illiteracy, life and politics there are often determined by deeply rooted and divisive religious, sectarian, and ethnic allegiances—and the fear they inspire.
19 Sep 2016

Presidential Leadership: Uniting Behind Exceptionalism

With population diversity and political partisanship at an all-time high, and with more war still ahead, the next president can reclaim American exceptionalism as a unifying force for good.
7 Sep 2016

Turkey’s Tensions With the 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.
29 Aug 2016

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.
13 Sep 2017

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.
8 Dec 2016

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.
25 Aug 2016

Iran Targets Latin America

Three years ago the Obama Administration offered Congress soothing reassurances regarding Iran's aspirations in Latin America. Look again.
20 Jun 2017

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.
30 Jun 2016

Unholy Alliance: Kleptocratic Authoritarians and their Western Enablers

The kleptocratic authoritarians who steal from their citizens, thwart freedom, and endanger world order mustn't be welcomed by Western banks.
3 Aug 2016

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.
1 Jan 2011

The Mystery of Europe and the Decline and Fall of the War System

in any region composed entirely of modern countries. What are the essential ...

28 Apr 2017

In a Deluge of New Media, Autocrats Swim and 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.
26 Apr 2017

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.
29 Dec 2015

Democracy's Retreats and Tentative Advances in 2015

2015 saw important, yet fragile, democratic gains around the world. But, as the West is now preoccupied with domestic challenges, the future of democratic reform will be determined by those on the frontlines.
15 Mar 2017

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.
30 Apr 2015

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13 Feb 2017

Perilous: 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.
12 Apr 2016

Solving Ukraine’s Security Dilemma

NATO won’t be expanding east anytime soon, so militarily weak countries between the Baltic and the Black Sea should form an alliance for mutual defense against Moscow.
22 Nov 2016

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.
24 Jun 2016

After Brexit, EU Must Refocus on Credibility, Transparency, Legitimacy

As Brexit shock settles, the EU should stay pragmatic—keeping good relations with the UK—and refocus on European ambition to prevent the spread of a trend across the continent.
14 Dec 2016

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.
10 Feb 2016

Not Even Past: Bravado Meets Reality in Brazil

Having attached itself to China’s fortunes, Brazil’s emerging economy is now in a major tailspin that reveals the country’s deep social fissures and underlying economic weaknesses.

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10 Mar 2017

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.
22 Feb 2017

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."
3 Nov 2016

Ukrainian Officials Declare Personal 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.
10 Feb 2016

After the Shake-Up: Rhetoric vs. Reform in Sri Lanka

The window for Washington to walk back some of its soaring rhetoric about Sri Lanka and instead focus on helping push the country toward real change is quickly closing.
30 Dec 2015

The Pas de Deux in Burma

Both the process leading to Burma's recent elections and the actual results give reason to be hopeful that Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein can advance reforms further.
19 Sep 2016

America Rising: Indispensable Again in Asia

China’s aggressive militarism, slowing economy, and indecisive leadership has renewed America’s status as a welcome and indispensable force for prosperity and security in Asia.
2 Feb 2017

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Opposition Leader, on Life Support in Moscow Hospital

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.
16 May 2017

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.
9 Jun 2016

Merkel and Putin's Wrestling Match

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin are wrestling over which approach to security will be more effective in coming years: economic strength or nuclear intimidation and military conflict.
1 Apr 2016

Ukraine's Needed Media Offensive

The Kremlin's efforts to undermine and subordinate Ukraine should be countered, in part, by viable English-language reporting from Ukraine and the West should support it.
10 Feb 2016

The Ukraine Example: Nuclear Disarmament Doesn’t Pay

Washington’s failure to fulfill its explicit security assurances in exchange for Ukraine dismantling its nuclear arsenal has greatly undermined US credibility and global nonproliferation.

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