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Security guards walk past a billboard for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 13, 2017. (Wang
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On China’s New Silk Road, Democracy Pays A Toll

China's vast foreign investment program comes at a sharp cost to human rights and good governance

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi’s Long March on American Democracy

The United States can’t sit back and watch as China quietly colonizes the West.

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Asia Is Trawling for a Deadly Fishing War

Growing tensions between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen are just one signal of a looming conflict over the region's depleted waters.

View inside a looted supermarket in Capacho, Tachira state, Venezuela, on May 17, 2017. 
Venezuela's government said Wednesday it was sending troops to a western region rocked by looting and attacks against security installations during a wave of anti-government protests. / AFP PHOTO / George Castellanos        (Photo credit should read GEORGE CASTELLANOS/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela’s Road to Disaster Is Littered With Chinese Cash

Politicized loans left the socialist South American country trapped under a mountain of Chinese debt — but now others want to sign up for Beijing's "generosity."

General view of the UN Human Rights Council session after the United Nations (UN) Commission of Inquiry on Syria delivered the latest report on the situation in the war-ravaged country to the UN Human Rights Council on September 16, 2014 in Geneva.   AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Beware the Ides of Leaving the Human Rights Council

Yes, it’s a flawed body. But if Trump abandons the HRC, it will give Russia, China, and Iran a free hand to rewrite the global rules on human rights.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena listens to an AFP journalist during an interview in Colombo on January 3, 2016. Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic war will be given land for homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday. "It is an ambitious target, but I will see that all the internally displaced people are given land to build homes," the president said in an interview. "I am setting up a mechanism to complete this process within six months." AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI        (Photo credit should read )

Sri Lankan Teenager Hacks President’s Website Twice to Demand New Date For College Exams

How do high schoolers attempt to get out of exams these days? In Sri Lanka, one of them has turned to hacking the president's website.

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This photo taken on September 10, 2014 shows gantry cranes being operated at the new Chinese-majority owned Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) in Colombo. China's president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a 1.4-billion USD port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track -- all just 250 kilometres (150 miles) from India's coast.      AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI        (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking Back the Indian Ocean

India’s relaxed shipping rules could spell trouble for China's attempts to increase its influence in the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lankan prisoners hold placards as they take part in a gathering to mark World AIDS Day at a prison complex in Colombo on December 1, 2013. Some 1,808 HIV positive cases have reportedly been identified in the country between 1987 and the end of November 2013. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S.KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Rumors About AIDS Shuts Down Sri Lankan School

After rumors a Sri Lankan boy had AIDS, his classmates stopped showing up to school.

Sri Lanka army soldiers take up position in the north-eastern region of Weli Oya on March 27, 2008. Sri Lanka has launched a probe into a mystery poster campaign that is asking would-be Tamil Tiger suicide bombers to turn themselves in to government hands in return for cash. Tens of thousands have died since the LTTE launched an armed struggle in 1972, to carve out a separate homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community in the island's north and east. The Tigers are fighting for an independent homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese community in the island's north and east.     AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

How Can Sri Lanka Demonstrate its Commitment to Peace?

As Sri Lanka deals with its violent past, incremental moves taken right now could lay the groundwork for the genuine peace.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena interact during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on March 13, 2015.   India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Sri Lanka's new leaders to grant  greater autonomy to minority Tamils who suffered the most during decades of ethnic war.    AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombo Consensus 2.0

The new Sri Lankan government is re-balancing its foreign policy, drifting away from China's orbit toward a more equidistant engagement with India and the United States.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - MAY 02 :  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during a news conference following a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

America’s Sri Lankan Dilemma

The United States and the U.N. must ensure that Sri Lanka's reconciliation process is fair and just, rather than leaving the Sri Lankan government to its own devices.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (R) after taking an oath as he is sworn in as minister of policy planning and economic affairs in front of Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena  in Colombo on September 4, 2015. Sri Lanka's President September 4 formed a unity government with 42 ministers, a day after parliament endorsed the move as part of efforts to address ethnic reconciliation after decades of war. Maithripala Sirisena gave a majority of portfolios to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) which won the August 17 general elections. AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka: It’s Time to Turn Promises Into Action

In order to help ensure that Colombo fully commits to reform, sustained engagement from the United States and other members of the international community is more important than ever.

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Elite Fundraiser for Obama and Clinton Linked to Justice Department Probe

An FP investigation shows that Imaad Zuberi, who has bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars for leading Democrats, failed to disclose the extent of his ties to a foreign government.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa lights a lamp in Colombo on May 18, 2015 in commemoration of those who died six years ago in battles between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters and government troops at the end of the three decades old separatist conflict.  Rajapaksa urged against any separatist wars in the future. The sixth anniversary of the killing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is being marked in the first anniversary of the event under the new government of President Sirisena. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Rajapaksa on the Ropes

Sri Lanka's former president faces an uphill battle in his quest to become the country's next prime minister.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks in Colombo on May 18, 2015 in commemoration of those who died six years ago in battles between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters and government troops at the end of the three decades old separatist conflict.  Rajapaksa urged against any separatist wars in the future. The sixth anniversary of the killing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is being marked in the first anniversary of the event under the new government of President Sirisena. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka: Back to the Future?

Sri Lanka's authoritarian former president is on the brink of a political resurgence. His electoral success would put a halt to the country's already troubled political reform process.

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