David J. Kramer
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Democracy Watch
As the World Marches for Freedom, Where is Trump?

Activists at home and abroad are being galvanized to stand up for fundamental freedoms. Why can’t the President?

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Fallout
It’s Ukraine That Loses in Whistleblower-Gate

The people who will get hurt the most from Donald Trump’s despicable dirty tricks are Ukrainians trying to root out corruption.

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Snubbing Ukraine
A Trump-Zelensky Meeting? On Second Thought…

Trump is holding support for Ukraine hostage to his own political interests. Zelensky should resist the pressure—and Congress should step up.

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John Trumbull, “Declaration of Independence” (1819)
American Ideals and Interests
Human Rights Problems a Commission Won’t Solve

The Trump Administration has cozied up to autocrats and been silent about, if not complicit in, violations of human rights abroad. And now it wants to redefine “unalienable rights”?

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Francisco Goya, Fight with Cudgels (1819-1823)
Europe's Grey Zone
The Fight for the Poorest Country in Europe

Tiny Moldova remains stuck between East and West—but an unprecedented new coalition offers a chance for change within its borders and beyond.

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Calling it like it is
Russia Is No Great Power Competitor

Treating it like one paradoxically enfeebles our foreign policy thinking—and our will to respond.

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The Khashoggi Murder
Human Rights Suffers a Major Blow

President Trump’s dismissal of human rights in cases like that of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi will ultimately harm American interests.

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China and Russia
A Strategic Alliance in the Making?

Should the U.S. be worried about a Sino-Russian alliance emerging?

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RIP
John McCain: The Enemy of Evil

John McCain was a tireless champion for American interests and human rights, as well as an implacable foe of autocrats, dictators, and demagogues.

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The Helsinki Summit Fallout
Ukraine Thrown Under the Bus?

Notwithstanding some positive moves, the Trump Administration is letting Putin write the script on Ukraine. It needs to seize the initiative against Putin and reassure Ukraine.

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