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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Erdoğan’s Undeserving and Underwhelming Visit to DC
      Nov14

      Erdoğan’s Undeserving and Underwhelming Visit to DC

      Foreign leaders have long coveted invitations to Washington to meet with the President in the White House. Such encounters should be hard to come by, but President Trump has thrown open the Oval Office doors to a number of undeserving foreign officials, including Egypt’s authoritarian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Russian Foreign Minister...

      Laughter As Medicine
      Nov13

      Laughter As Medicine

      As we survey open societies across the world since the heady days of 1989-91, we cannot help but observe—as Freedom House annually documents—not an increase but rather a steady decline in the number of democracies in the world. Once open societies across the democratic world—some so-called new, others old established ones— are one by one turning...

      Look Forward, Not Back
      Nov12

      Look Forward, Not Back

      It is not altogether surprising that the thirtieth anniversary of the collapse of communism has prompted many to question the choices made during post-communist transitions in the Central and Eastern Europe. In many places, Soviet-style planning was replaced by cronyism and mafia regimes, while other countries saw ethnic strife and war. And even...

      Who Do We Think We Are?
      Nov08

      Who Do We Think We Are?

      Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of three essays, commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, examining the legacy of Reagan’s Westminster Speech and its relevance for democracy promotion today. Read the first installment by Carl Gershman here. The second, by Daniel Twining, is here.In...

      America’s Security Is Still Tied to the Fate of Freedom
      Nov06

      America’s Security Is Still Tied to the Fate of Freedom

      Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of three essays, commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, examining the legacy of Reagan’s Westminster Speech and its relevance for democracy promotion today. Read the first installment by Carl Gershman here. Coming Friday: a contribution by Richard...

      The Impeachment Conundrum
      Nov05

      The Impeachment Conundrum

      The growing accumulation of evidence that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the son of his possible 2020 election opponent has placed Democrats—and more broadly, democrats—in a quandary. The allegations involve deeply serious presidential wrongdoing in multiple respects. First, it appears that the President sought valuable...

      The Rallying Cry We Need
      Nov05

      The Rallying Cry We Need

      Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three essays, commissioned and cross-posted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, examining the legacy of Reagan’s Westminster Speech and its relevance for democracy promotion today. Coming Wednesday: a contribution by Daniel Twining. Coming Friday: a contribution...

      A Blinkered Case for Nationalism
      Nov01

      A Blinkered Case for Nationalism

      The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free Rich Lowry Broadside Books, 2019, 288 pp., $26.99 If we are fortunate, one way or another, through impeachment or the ballot box, the Trump era will soon draw to an end. What will fill the enormous void left by the departure of the mega-miscreant Donald Trump? Unsurprisingly, a...

      Ukrainegate and Political Decay
      Oct23

      Ukrainegate and Political Decay

      Watching the Ukraine scandal unfold from Singapore, I feel like the hapless dental patient in an early George Carlin routine who, muzzled in the chair by his busily probing and poking dentist standing over him armed with sharp metal implements and wads of cotton, strains but fails to respond to the dentist’s insistent defense of Richard...

      Azerbaijan: Reform Behind a Static Façade
      Oct18

      Azerbaijan: Reform Behind a Static Façade

      A wave of political dynamism is passing through Central Asia and the Caucasus. Under new leadership since 2016, Uzbekistan has embarked on a major effort to reform and modernize. Armenia’s former President’s attempt to cling to power launched a Velvet Revolution in 2018 and ushered in a new administration explicitly committed to...