Thomas O. Melia
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Diplomacy and Human Rights
Swagger Is as Swagger Does

If Secretary Pompeo wants to get the State Department’s swagger back, he could start by reaffirming our commitment to human rights—especially to Vladimir Putin.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetoes a Russian proposed draft resolution that would “condemn the aggression against Syria by the U.S. and its allies” during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at United Nations headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Yesterday the United States and European allies Britain and France launched airstrikes in Syria as punishment for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected role in last week’s chemical weapons attacks that killed upwards of 40 people. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Sovereign Confusion
The World Is Still a Dangerous Place

The UN is flawed. It’s also where governments go to do diplomacy

Blissfully-dangerously-intentionally ignorant
The Alt-Ostrich Movement

Informed judgment is so rare in Washington there is a prize for it.

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A Pre-Election Reflection
Hungary and Democratic Decay

Hungary emerged from the collapse of European communism as the poster child for seamless transitions. Today, its future looks more than a little like its pre-communist, authoritarian past.

“The business of America is business…”
The Corporate Conscience

Should corporations pursue more than profits?

news analysis
Follow the Money
Citizens United = Russian Money in American Campaigns

A story even bigger than it looks at first glance.

Sincerest Form of Flattery
Plebiscites Masquerading as Elections

Authoritarians’ New Year’s resolution: to have their votes be as close to a Napoleonic plebiscite as they can!

news analysis
All in for Viktor Orbán

A new report from the Senate shines a light on Viktor Orbán’s machinations.

High Anxiety
What Happened, Indeed

How Putin’s domestic political worries fuel Russian interference in U.S. politics.

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Potemkin Committee Hearing
The Diplomat vs. the Lobbyist

A former U.S. congressman is leveling serious accusations against a U.S. diplomat on behalf of Viktor Orbán.

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