Defending rules of a rules-based order | Freedom House

Defending rules of a rules-based order, by Christopher Walker and Robert Orttung

A top priority in President Barack Obama's National Security Strategy is the ambition to "strengthen international standards and institutions" and spread the norms that protect basic human rights — including the rule of law.

But chances for success are slim — unless the United States and its democratic allies demonstrate enough political will to defend these rules-based global institutions from a number of serious threats.

One major threat is from the influential autocratic countries that, while increasingly accepted into these institutions, have values and standards anathema to them. Read more.

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