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  • Pakistan Elections May Go to the Terrorists

    In the lead up to the historic May 11 elections, the Pakistani Taliban (also known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP) and other radical Islamist groups are attacking Pakistani parties that they deem too “secular”—mainly parties in the ruling coalition. The TTP are using high-profile terror attacks as a strategic … More

    Afghanistan: "Zero Option" Has Zero Chance of Working

    Senator John McCain (R–AZ) bombarded top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford at a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with tough questions when he refused to give a concrete recommendation on the post-2014 U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan: Don’t you understand, general, that…one of the reasons why we’re … More

    The Philippines, an American Ally, Requires Continued Support

    The armed forces of the United States and the Philippines conducted the 29th annual Balikatan joint military exercises April 5 through April 17. These military exercises are the largest and most significant joint military operations between the U.S. and Filipino militaries. The exercises are “a signature element” of the “two … More

    Bangladesh Spring Turns Violent

    At least 44 people have been killed in the past two days in protests in Bangladesh following the third conviction by a war crimes tribunal set up to investigate the role of Islamist political leaders in Bangladesh’s independence movement in 1971. The recent spurt in violence follows a month of … More

    Taiwan’s Role in America’s Pivot to Asia

    The often overlooked relationship between the United States and Taiwan has never been more important. Effective economic and security cooperation between the United States and Taiwan is absolutely necessary as the U.S. shifts focus to Asia. The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, in partnership with the Taiwan Benevolent Association of … More

    The Way Forward in Afghanistan

    The lack of a clear strategy for Afghanistan post-2014 endangers the gains that the United States and its Afghan allies have made in the past decade. As 2014 draws nearer and the troop drawdown continues, the U.S. is entering into a new era of strategic engagement with Afghanistan. A panel … More