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    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The political crisis that consumed Ukraine for the past two months is showing signs of positive developments. President Viktor Yanukovich is beginning to meet some of the demands of the demonstrators, but the opposition is still demanding early presidential elections. What are the latest developments in Ukraine, and why did … More

    Africa: U.S. Leadership Needed to Promote Democracy

    Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World 2014 found that sub-Saharan Africa declined in all seven categories of global political rights and civil liberties. Most telling was that, of the 10 countries listed as the “Worst of the Worst” in this year’s report, five were African countries, including the Central … More

    Chinese Military Plays Greater Role in South China Sea Disputes

    China appears increasingly willing to escalate tensions along its periphery as it asserts its claims over various disputed islands and shoals. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently compared Sino–Japanese relations to 1914, suggesting not only that tensions are on the rise but that there is a real potential for conflict. … More

    Hope is Not an Asia Policy

    State of the Union addresses are generally expressions of hope.  And yes, it would be nice if Asia was all economic opportunity and competition.  Indeed, the economic opportunities in Asia for the U.S. are great. But a shadow of doubt is growing over the region. The threat that doubt poses … More

    Church Leaders: ‘There Will Be No More Christians in Syria’ If War Continues

    Religious leaders from Syria warned that without dialogue between Bashar al-Assad’s government forces and the rebels, Syria will eventually lose its indigenous Christian population. “If things continue the way [they are], there will come a time [when] there will be no more Christians in Syria,” Revered Dr. Riad Jarjour, Presbyterian … More

    Spiritual Leaders of the Caucasus Extremists: The Enemies of the Olympics

    Radical Islamists of the North Caucasus are not the only ones threatening Russia’s security on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. They are being supported with weapons, money and “spiritual” guidance from major figures of Sunni radical movements such as Salafi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Terrorist attacks … More

    Congress Tells MCC to Get Back to Basics

    Buried in the 1,582-page, trillion-dollar “omnibus” budget bill for fiscal year 2014 is some very tough language that in essence orders the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to focus on corruption and demand that aid-receiving countries be held accountable for the outcomes of their economic policies. The report reminds us that … More

    Lack of American Leadership Leaves Ukraine out in the Cold

    Protests and unrest continue to grip Ukraine as citizens voice their strong opposition to policies pursued by President Viktor Yanukovych. These policies have drawn the nation of 45 million closer with the Russian Federation while simultaneously stifling democracy and economic freedom within the country. As Americans read and watch scenes … More

    Amid Woes, Emerging Markets Need More Economic Freedom

    Global markets are huffing and puffing and trying to blow the BRICs down. Some of the BRICs—Brazil, India, and China in particular, along with other emerging markets such as Turkey—are feeling the pinch as their economies weaken and currencies slide. This week, central bankers from Turkey and Brazil are considering … More

    Cruz Warns of ‘Receding’ Global Power of U.S.

    Russia’s geopolitical power has expanded “because the United States is globally receding from leadership,” according to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who spoke at a Heritage Foundation panel on U.S.-Russia relations Tuesday. “In the geopolitical stage, it is almost as if the Russians have a renowned grandmaster playing chess, and the … More