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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.”
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.
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.
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.

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.
1 Mar 2015

Yesterday’s People: Taiwan Votes Against Beijing

In November Taiwan’s ruling party, the Kuomintang, suffered its worst defeat ever in an election that became a referendum on its long-held policies to integrate the island into China.
26 Feb 2014

Isle of Light: A Look Back at the Boat People and the European Left

After the fall of South Vietnam, Paris’s antiwar left mobilized to condemn and partially remedy atrocities committed by the communist victors whose cause some had even championed.
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?
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.
3 Jan 2012

Afghanistan Now: ‘The People Do Not Want to Go Back’

Terry Glavin's new book shows a side of Afghanistan many Westerners have never seen—and makes a strong case for continuing to help the troubled country.
1 Jul 2010

Busted by the Trends: Inside a People-Smuggling Hot Spot

Journalist Gary Moore profiles a people-smuggling stop-over about sixty miles south of the U.S.-Mexican border. Not surprisingly, the people there have some strong thoughts about Arizona's new immigration law.
4 Aug 2017

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.
1 Sep 2009

Mullahs on the Verge: Iran's People, Iran's Pulpits

Despite the tension mounting between Iran's leaders and practically everyone else—at home and abroad—Abbas Milani argues that the West should address the problem with smart diplomacy, not smart bombs.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Dec 2016

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.
17 Oct 2016

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.
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.
17 Aug 2016

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 Feb 2016

North Korea: Why Human Rights Must Come First

It’s now time for US policy on North Korea to adopt a comprehensive approach that treats human rights as a practical requirement, and not as a negotiations obstacle.
14 Jun 2016

In China, Xi's Legitimacy in the Balance

The contradictions between claims made by China's leaders and the country's realities have exposed the regime's vulnerabilities that activists must spotlight to further the push for freedom.
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.
5 Jan 2017

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.
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.
20 Jan 2017

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.
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.
5 Apr 2013

China’s Other Environmental Problems

When it comes to environmental destruction in China, recent headlines about air pollution in major cities tell only part of the story.
2 May 2016

Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring

The Arab Winter convinced many that the Middle East is destined to be a hopelessly repressive region. But peel away the layers and it's clear there's both hope and opportunity.
10 Feb 2016

The New Fight: Cuba and the Movement for Democracy

The Castro regime has lost whatever raison d’être it may once have had, is deeply corrupt, and now appears ideologically bankrupt to both the people of Cuba and the rest of the world. What’s next?
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.
31 May 2016

Western Paralysis and Retreat Threatens Democratic Progress

Democratic reversals of recent years have been somewhat offset by gains in Argentina, Burma, Nigeria, and Tunisia, but continued gains will require leadership from a dispirited West.
26 Oct 2016

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.
13 May 2015

Why Ukraine's Success Is Pivotal

Putin wants Ukraine to fail. But Putin will fail if Ukraine succeeds. The democratic West needs to live up to its values to ensure Ukraine's success.
19 Sep 2016

Presidential Priority: Restore American Leadership

The alternative to America’s indispensability is not a harmonious, self-regulating balance of independent states but an international landscape marked by eruptions of chaos and destruction.
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.
5 Mar 2015

The Kim Regime's Atrocities, and the Road Ahead

A powerful UN report gives an authentic accounting of North Korea's systematic abuse of its citizens—and a realistic roadmap on how to stop it.
21 Mar 2016

Is Democracy in Retreat?

After the fall of communism in Europe, democracy appeared unstoppable. Today, NED president Carl Gershman says that we are learning that democracy is neither inevitable nor irreversible.
23 Dec 2014

Reaffirming US-European Commitment to Democratic Universalism

On the anniversary of Vaclav Havel’s death, President of the National Endowment for Democracy Carl Gershman warns of the creeping threats to historic democratic achievements around the world.
13 May 2013

China's Rich Ignore One-Child Policy

China’s one-child policy has been around for more than 30 years, but many who can afford to simply don’t follow it—while a special kind of misery awaits lawful parents whose children die.

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