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Open Government Owes a Lot to a Couple of 18th-Century Finns

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Dunja Mijatović

It seems like such a simple idea these days - "the life and strength of civil liberty consist in limited Government and unlimited freedom of the written word."

Why the OSCE Is Indispensable for Security in Europe

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | Posted 02.01.2017 | World
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

We currently face what is perhaps the most serious threat to peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War. We are fully aware of what it...

Privatizing Censorship in Fight Against Violent Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 10.18.2016 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Islamic State has embraced social media as a way to attract supporters around the world, in a move governments and companies have struggled to respond to. Closing down social media accounts believed to be linked to Islamic State has become a major international agenda item.

Ukraine: The Consequences of Far Right World War II Revisionism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 08.25.2016 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

How extreme will politics have to get before the Ukrainian establishment stands up to the far right? If the political mainstream doesn't act soon, Kiev's relationships with key diplomatic partners and even Poland could be severely tarnished.

Azerbaijan Must Release All Imprisoned Journalists

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Dunja Mijatović

Journalists and free-expression advocates sit in Azerbaijani jails in record numbers. Their lot is growing. The systematic shutdown of dissenting voices and their outlets are clear violations of commitments on free media and free expression that Azerbaijan has signed on to as a participating State of the OSCE.

Russia's Adoption Ban Two Years Later

Shai Baitel | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Shai Baitel

A renewed shining a light on the second anniversary, by RTVi and others, on the devastating effect of the adoption ban will help to educate more Americans as well as Russians about the benefits and challenges of adopting children.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

Russian Media Is in Dire Need of Self-Examination

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Dunja Mijatović

Russia has largely failed in sustaining media freedom and ensuring journalists' safety. It is the obligation of any modern state to prove its political will to protect journalists. It is time for Russia to demonstrate that will.

Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

WARNING: The Internet Might End in December

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Peter Schwartz

The challenger countries will once again try, as they did last December in Dubai, to wrest control from the coalition of stakeholders that has been governing the Internet under a contract with the U.S. government. If they succeed it will be the end of the world as we know it. There will be no Internet. There will be many nets: ChinaNet, Euronet, maybe Deutsche Net and France net and Brazil Net and Russia Net. It will resemble the world before the Internet with many private networks and a constant challenge of interconnection.

As Conflict Escalates, Dictator Ilham Aliyev Needs to Be Stopped

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

The United States and Russia should accelerate their efforts in this direction before it is too late. Let's put an end to historical or territorial recriminations. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have enough territory to survive and prosper. And without each other, neither country will reach its true potential -- economic or otherwise.

Ukraine Rebels To Cooperate With Plane Crash Investigation

Reuters | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

(Adds detail, quotes) MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have agreed to provide assistance in an investiga...

Another Team Of International Monitors Goes Missing In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

VIENNA, May 30 (Reuters) - Another team of monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has been detained in eastern Ukraine,...

Power-Sharing in Ukraine

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Like other countries, Ukraine will have to consider transitional justice strategies that balance truth-telling and accountability. It will also need a plan for disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating both pro-independence fighters in Eastern Ukraine, as well as nationalist groups including Right Sector.

Abducted International Observers Freed In East Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

By Miran Jelenek and Maria Tsvetkova ODESSA/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 3 (Reuters) - At least 42 people were killed in a street battle be...

Pro-Russian Forces Free One Of Captured Military Observers

Reuters | Matt Spetalnick and Thomas Grove | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 27 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, free...

U.S. Warns: Russia Has Only 'Days' To Uphold Deal

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) - Russia has not fulfilled its part of an international agreement to defuse tension in Uk...

A Free Press Crusader on the Crimean Front

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Confrontation doesn't ruffle Mijatovic, who hails from Sarajevo. She experienced first-hand the suffering of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose views were suppressed during the Bosnian War.

Ukraine Gives Protesters Ultimatum

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth KIEV, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Ukrainian police on Thursday gave demonstrators five days to leave public buildings they ...

Drivel from Dictators

Freedom House | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Dictators come up with some pretty lame excuses for abusing the rights of their citizens. And these ex...

Exporting Repression

Freedom House | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to rep...

Joshua Hersh

International Election Monitors Will Watch U.S. Polls, Despite Texas Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An international body of election monitors said it intends to carry on with plans to observe U.S. elections on Tuesday, despite caustic ...

Kazakhstan's Historic Election

Al Eisele | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Al Eisele

Kazakhstan's relatively quiet election process, with its extraordinarily high turnout and lack of violence, stood in sharp contrast to recent political and social unrest in parts of Russia and in the so-called "Arab Awakening."

The Cost of Corruption

Peter Zalmayev | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Zalmayev

OSCE member states gathered in Oslo for a session of the Parliamentary Assembly, whose theme is "Combating Transnational Crime and Corruption." Led by Kazakhstan, the irony of a corrupt government presiding was palpable.

Rise of Eurasianism through institutions: the CICA as the OSCE of Eurasia

Tuncay Babali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tuncay Babali

Leaders from about 40 countries across Eurasia and the Middle East including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliy...