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U.S. Must Act on Syria

(84) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 8:54 AM

"Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States." - President Barack Obama, Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities

"I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down...

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A Dangerous Pattern on Foreign Assistance

(11) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Bolivia's expulsion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) this month is a troubling development on its own, but when viewed in the context of similar actions by other governments, it raises questions about the future of American foreign assistance in the face of authoritarianism.

Bolivian president Evo Morales...

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Bachmann Letters Undermine Religious Freedom

(217) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 4:10 PM

The outlandish accusations of Muslim Brotherhood affiliations made against American government officials and agencies by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and four other Members of Congress have rightfully been dismissed by many public figures and members of themedia as...

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Translating Rhetoric Into Policy on Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 11:34 AM

In a speech to America's diplomats at the State Department on May 19, 2011, President Obama declared the United States' commitment to pursue policies that promote and protect human rights around the world. These rights, he argued, include "free speech, the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of...

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Doing the Right Thing in Bahrain

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 12:53 PM

by Sarah Trister and Husain Abdullah

In November an international commission organized and paid for by the Bahraini government found that there has been widespread and systematic abuses committed against protesters in the small gulf nation since uprisings began in February, 2011.

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry...

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Foreign Assistance for the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 5:53 PM

On September 8th, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman will roll out a new, sweeping foreign assistance reform bill aimed at completely replacing the outdated and confusing Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which remains the framework of America's foreign aid today. In a political...

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Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire: What Kyrgyz Refugees Face in Uzbekistan

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 4:55 PM

Gulnora Juma is a small woman. She speaks very quietly which only enhances the power of the message that she relays via an interpreter. Though I don't speak Uzbek, the emotion Mrs. Juma conveys when she describes how the fingers of her husband's right hand were purposely broken in order...

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Cuts in Foreign Assistance Indicate Short-sighted Policy

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 2:51 PM

The Senate Budget Committee recently passed a Budget Resolution that would cut the Foreign Affairs Budget by $4 billion. Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) released a statement about the bill and the cuts, stating, "a budget is about setting priorities." If that is the case, this resolution...

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Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Supporting the Fight for Freedom and Equality

(5) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 1:58 PM

While the rest of the world commemorated International Women's Day on March 8, women in the Middle East had less to celebrate than most. Though women around the globe have made substantial progress in increasing their rights in the home, workplace, and political sphere, a new Freedom House...

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