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Lessons From An American Prisoner In Iran: A Discussion With Xiyue Wang

interview with Cole Bunzel, Wang Xiyuevia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Xiyue Wang, a PhD candidate at Princeton and AEI fellow, discusses what he learned about the Iranian regime, and efforts to appease and placate it, as an American prisoner in Iran.

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Iran In All The Wrong Places: The Islamic Republic's Shadowy Presence In West Africa

via The Caravan Notebook
Thursday, March 11, 2021

by Nicholas Rodman

In 2016, while participating in a congressionally sponsored trip to the sub-Saharan republic of Niger, I noticed along a wide dusty avenue in the country’s capital of Niamey, a street lined with international aid clinics.  One building in particular felt out of place...  Why would the Islamic Republic of Iran fund a medical aid clinic over 3000 miles away?

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Partner Or Pariah? Saudi Arabia, The Biden Administration, And Human Rights

by Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Biden administration has set for itself an ambitious human rights agenda. “When I am president, human rights will be at the core of U.S. foreign policy,” then candidate Joe Biden told the New York Times in February 2020, citing “China’s deepening authoritarianism” and “the unconscionable detention of over a million Uighurs in western China.”

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Saudi Human Rights

by Karen Elliott Housevia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

If the Biden Administration lives up to its campaign promises and early governing pronouncements, human rights will play a larger role in its foreign policy than in that of the Trump Administration.  This isn’t necessarily good news.

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Egypt's Reckoning

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

As a young man, Egypt’s legendary playwright, Tawfiq Al Hakim had worked as an assistant to the Attorney General in the Egyptian countryside. There he would witness firsthand the dismal state of the country’s fellahin and the grave injustices Egypt’s rural population lived under. The experience would leave a profound impact on the young author and would shape his views of Egypt’s ills and the necessity for social change that became evident in his literary works. 

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Without Human Rights, Any Biden Deal With Iran Will Be Ephemeral

by Masih Alinejad, Kambiz Forooharvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

It has been a tough few months for human rights in Iran. Wrestler Navid Afkari and laborer Mostafa Salehi were executed in quick succession for participating in public protests against the Islamic Republic.

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Beyond Persecution: Why The Biden Administration Should Support An Agreement Between KNC And PYD

by Eva Savelsbergvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

In April 2020, the US Department of State decided to support the opening of a dialogue between the Kurdish National Council (KNC), an umbrella organization of Syrian-Kurdish political parties close to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Massoud Barzani, and the Democratic Unity Party (PYD), the Syrian branch of the PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party).

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Don’t Let Iran’s Human Rights Be Sacrificed At The Altar Of A Nuclear Deal

by Wang Xiyuevia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Islamic Republic of Iran remains one of the world’s worst human right abusers: it has the highest executions per capita; it constantly crushes peaceful assembly and freedom of expression; and it harshly persecutes human rights defenders and civil society activists.


The West And The World

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The idea of “Human Rights” is modern.  Humanity’s history only recently has recognized the need for such a category, and a concomitant need to explain what the category covers and where it comes from.

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Human Rights In Saudi Arabia: A Discussion With Karen Elliott House

interview with Russell A. Berman, Karen Elliott Housevia The Caravan Notebook
Monday, March 8, 2021

Saudi Liberalization, a dramatic generational change, and the complicated role of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.


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