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December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 21, 2017

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Reuters The Uncertain Future of the INF Treaty

Backgrounder examines the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which may now be imperiled by mutual suspicion between Russia and the United States.

November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…

December 24, 2013

Human Rights
What’s Next for Mikhail Khodorkovsky?

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, just pardoned after ten years in prison, is unlikely to challenge Putin at the ballot box, but don’t rule out a role for him in Russia’s political opposition, …

October 6, 2014

Russia
Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Open Russia and Building Civil Society

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of Open Russia, joins CFR Fellow Stephen Sestanovich to discuss building and strengthening civil society in Russia.

October 6, 2014

Russia
Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Open Russia and Building Civil Society

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of Open Russia, joins CFR Fellow Stephen Sestanovich to discuss building and strengthening civil society in Russia.

March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

February 18, 2016

Cuba
The Disgraceful Obama Trip to Cuba

Eight months after the U.S. Embassy opened in Cuba, what is the effect of this much-celebrated opening of diplomatic relations? Who has benefitted? The Washington Post noted today that "there has be…

September 17, 2015

United States
The Republican Debate: Where Was the Freedom Agenda?

Watching the Republican debate last night, I was very glad to see the field (with Rand Paul as the only real exception) acknowledge George W. Bush’s foreign policy achievements-- not least keeping Am…

January 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Freedom in the World 2011 Freedom in the World 2011

Tunisians shout slogans as they demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis on January 14, 2011 (STR New/Courtesy Reuters) Freedom in the world is declining. Given Hillar…