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The Enduring Legacy of US-Japan Alliance

The US-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of regional stability enabling Washington’s forward-deployed presence and deterrence strategy.

“When Peter Met Mao”: Inferring the Contents of the Concordat between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China
“When Peter Met Mao”: Inferring the Contents of the Concordat between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China

The text and therefore the terms of the “Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and China” have not been made public. But its probable contents can be surmised.

New Report Confirms China Continues to Kill Innocent People for Their Organs
New Report Confirms China Continues to Kill Innocent People for Their Organs

A respected prosecutor chaired a panel of experts to examine whether China ended its practice of organ harvesting in 2006, as Beijing claims. These human rights advocates, physicians, and diverse leaders uncovered haunting violations.

Why the June Elections in Kazakhstan Matter to the US
Why the June Elections in Kazakhstan Matter to the US

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced on April 9 that his country will hold presidential elections on June 9.

Making the Case for Democracy: Part 3 of the Decline of Democracy Series
Making the Case for Democracy: Part 3 of the Decline of Democracy Series

When the forces of tyranny were far stronger and the world’s roster of democracies far smaller, President Reagan argued that “we must take actions to assist the campaign for democracy.” America took those actions in the twentieth century; it should do no less in the twenty-first.

Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series
Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series

When it comes to democracy promotion, it seems the Obama-Trump era is the aberration.

First, They Came for the First Commandment - China - Religious Persecution
First, They Came for the First Commandment

Last November, a government squad in Henan Province, China, removed the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,” from a display at a state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement church because an official determined it was inconsistent with Chinese policy.

Do Power Transitions Always Lead to War? Book Review of Kori Schake’s Safe Passage - They Can't Fight - US UK Special Relationship
Do Power Transitions Always Lead to War? Review of Schake’s Safe Passage

In Safe Passage, Kori Schake details how transitions in geopolitical power lead to violence, except when the United States slowly and peacefully took over the hegemonic role Great Britain played.

Freedom of Religion and the Christian Ethics of the Nation-State
Freedom of Religion and the Christian Ethics of the Nation-State

A socially responsible Christian ethic understands that the ordinance of the nation-state—even in a fallen world—calls for prophetic scrutiny in hopes that it would be brought back in alignment with civic and moral righteousness.