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February 11, 2016

Israel
Sharansky!

Today, February 11, marks the thirtieth anniversary of the liberation of Anatoly Shcharansky from the Soviet gulag. Shcharansky, now Natan Sharansky, was arrested in 1977 and sent to prison in 1978 f…

September 13, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Arab World Advances U.S. Interests and Ideals, Says Abrams in New Book

September 14, 2017—Setbacks to political liberalization in the Arab world have caused the United States to turn away from support for democrats there in favor of “pragmatic” deals with tyrants in ord…

December 14, 2015

Cuba
Obama Digs in Deeper on Cuba

In a new interview with Yahoo, President Obama goes further than ever with his new Cuba policy—in essence giving an early announcement that he will visit Cuba next year. The inducement of sitting dow…

December 29, 2015

Cuba
Rahm Emanuel in Cuba

Here’s the news out of Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting short his family vacation in Cuba and will return to Chicago on Tuesday to deal with the latest crisis involving the city’s Police Depar…

May 13, 2015

United States
Leopoldo Lopez, Democracy, and the 2016 Presidential Race

Today at the Council on Foreign Relations we hosted Lilian Tintori, the wife of the Venezuelan political leader—and political prisoner—Leopoldo Lopez. With her were Lopez’s father and mother, and his…

June 30, 2014

Iran
Reagan and the Iran Talks

In his address to the UN General Assembly in September, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke a few words about the relationship between peace and freedom. Here is what he said: Freedom in Nicaragua …

April 4, 2014

April 4, 2002: Bush on Middle East Peace (and a Correction on Cheney)

On April 4, 2002, twelve years ago today, President George W. Bush gave the first of two important speeches about Middle East policy. The April 4 speech challenged the leadership of Yasser Arafat, wh…

April 12, 2014

Human Rights
"To You, the Court, I Have Nothing to Say"

In July 1978, the Soviet dissident Anatoly Sharansky was sentenced in a Soviet court for the "crimes" of teaching Hebrew, seeking emigration to Israel, and being part of the human rights movement in …

September 12, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

March 12, 2015

Israel
What’s Topping the Next Israeli PM’s Inbox?

Israel’s next governing coalition will lead a country that is prosperous and militarily strong but faces security, economic, and social challenges. Five experts weigh in on the country’s policy prior…