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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending America Means Defending Democracy

With China and Russia on the rise, the United States leaves the field uncontested at its peril.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2015.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Audit America’s Secrets

Declassification should be determined by the American people, not partisan politicians.

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and historian Niall Ferguson speak onstage during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit in New York City, on Apr. 7, 2016. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

China’s Understanding of Global Order Shouldn’t Be Ours

Contrary to what Niall Ferguson suggests, if the liberal international system gets reduced to economics, it will no longer exist.

U.S. President Donald Trump at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Japan on November 5, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is the Worst Salesman America Has Ever Had

The United States is more unpopular than ever before, and that’s no accident.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions Abet Iranian Internet Censorship

If the United States wants to stand behind the next #IranProtests, it should liberalize rules that impede access to cutting-edge tools against repression.

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A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, right, leader of Poland's Law and Justice party. (Attila Kisbenedek, Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Break Up Europe’s Axis of Illiberalism

If the EU really wants to punish Poland, it should turn up the pressure on Hungary.

Protesters in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare cheer a military vehicle during a demonstration demanding President Robert Mugabe's resignation on Nov. 18. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Africa’s Generational War

Last year was a good one for the continent’s autocrats. But young Africans have launched a democratic revolution — and they’ve got the numbers on their side.

U.S. President Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at a G20 economic summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Populism Is a Problem. Elitist Technocrats Aren’t the Solution.

The problem isn’t too much democracy — it’s too little.

Then-president-elect Donald J. Trump arrives at his inauguration at the United States Capitol on Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C. (Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images)

The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved

The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us.

Same-sex activists outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

The Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.

A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo takes shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014 in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria

Syria’s war isn’t over, but a growing number of German policymakers are trying to revoke asylum and send Syrians back home — against their will, if necessary.

Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

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