One wonders whatever happened to the vigor with which the rights of LGBT people was put on the international agenda a few years ago.
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Pragmatism however should not be an easy way out of the responsibility for human rights and dignity that we, as democracies, share in the world. We should not suggest that we do not have an influence, when we actually do.
While confronting Russia undermines popular support for American and European leaders, Putin, by contrast, is finding that fighting the West enhances his popularity.
NATO's ongoing dilemma is bound up in structural changes in the world order, not least being the difficult emergence of the European Union as a distinct strategic player.
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