Archive for the International Business Times Category

In Putin We Trust?

With Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to expel the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, from his country, perhaps Washington can finally set aside its illfounded belief – through presidencies of both parties – that U.S. leaders can build productive ties to Moscow’s strongman. Our leaders […]

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Post-Election, Iran Could Become Obama’s Decision

For the moment, let’s set aside the friction in U.S.-Israeli relations over Iran’s nuclear program, which serves neither Washington nor Jerusalem. Let’s move beyond White House efforts to prevent an Israeli military strike before Election Day and its distancing from America’s closest ally in the Middle East; […]

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Jack, Ina, And The Lessons Of History

Jaap Polak walks gingerly these days, leaning on a cane or holding the rail as he climbs the stairs to his second-floor room at The Sparhawk, a comfortable waterfront resort in the southern Maine town of Ogunquit. That’s where, for more than half a century, he and […]

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US Should Forcefully Encourage Free Elections In Georgia

Freedom and democracy don’t come easily to a land that’s known precious little of it over time. Often, a nation overthrows an authoritarian government and replaces it with a democratically elected one, only to see the new government subvert the rule of law and impose a new […]

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U.S. Opportunities in Libya and Egypt

Events in Libya and Egypt highlight the potential benefits of United States human rights promotion – both for the U.S. and for people across the world – as well as the downsides of America’s failure to pursue that task. The U.S. promotes human rights – i.e., freedom […]

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