Now more than ever, U.S. must side with activists struggling to install democracy

Recent developments in Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere have convinced skeptics that U.S. human rights promotion in the Middle East causes more harm than good by inciting instability – positioning the Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-Western forces to win elections or otherwise seize power. The argument has superficial […]

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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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Peace Through Tennis: An Alluring Idea

Across the Middle East, hopes for Arab-Israeli peace face obstacles that, of late, are rising on multiple fronts. Fatah and Hamas are working toward a coalition government, which will further empower a terrorist group that’s sworn to Israel’s destruction and isolate Palestinian moderates; a candidate of the […]

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Suu Kyi’s timely reminder

Delivering her Nobel Lecture after a 21-year delay, Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi offered a timely reminder from the front lines of struggle. “To be forgotten,” she said in her October 16th address in Oslo, “… is to die a little. It is to lose some of […]

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We Will Be Haunted By Syria

“Life,” the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, “must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.” What’s true of individuals is true of nations. As we, as a nation, look back in an effort to understand our history, we invariably question some of the decisions we made […]

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