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February 14, 2019

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.

January 25, 2019

Democracy, Human Rights, and American Foreign Policy

What role should the promotion of democracy and human rights play in U.S. foreign policy? Over the last decade, human rights groups have documented a decline in freedom around the world. In some coun…

January 25, 2019

Middle East Policy After the "Arab Spring"

When protests swept the Arab world in 2011, the United States hoped that the so-called Arab Spring would bring a wave of liberalization and democratization to the Middle East. Today, with much of the…

January 25, 2019

The Future of the Middle East "Peace Process"

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process never ends—nor does it seem to make much progress. In blog entries, op-eds, and magazine articles (and in my most recent book, Tested by Zion: The Bush Administr…

January 18, 2019

United States
U.S. Economic Competitiveness: Trade, Immigration, and Workforce Development

Chike Aguh, principal of strategy and product integration at McChrystal Group; Diana Farrell, founding president and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase Institute; and Alexandra Fuenmayor Starr…

Play U.S. Economic Competitiveness: Trade, Immigration, and Workforce Development

January 16, 2019

United Kingdom
What Brexit Means

Brexit supporters argue that the EU threatens sovereignty and stifles growth, while opponents counter that EU membership strengthens trade, investment, and the UK’s standing in the world.

EU and UK flags fly during a pro-EU march in front of the British Parliament in London.

January 9, 2019

Cuba
The OAS Secretary General Tells the Whole Truth About the Cuban Regime

For many years the Organization of American States was a dictators' club, where the rule was "you don't criticize my human rights abuses and I won't criticize yours." And the secretaries-general of t…

January 9, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Celebrates 14th Anniversary of His Four-Year Term

On January 9, 2005—exactly 14 years ago today—Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority. For a four-year term. Today Abbas begins serving the fifteenth year of his four-year…

December 11, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump Versus the Government

As the Trump administration reaches the halfway point, what are we to make of Trump foreign policy? In the January issue of Foreign Affairs, I address that question in an article entitled "Trump V…

December 7, 2018

Lebanon
UNIFIL and the Hezbollah Tunnels

Israel announced this week the discovery of several tunnels dug by Hezbollah and reaching from Lebanon into Israel. Their existence has been confirmed, and has been condemned not only by Israel but a…