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  • Obama’s Ad Lib Syria Policy Puts Putin in Driver’s Seat

    Moscow has quickly exploited Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark on Monday about how Syria could avoid a U.S. military attack by giving up its chemical weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov swiftly launched a Russian initiative, which Syria immediately welcomed. Now the Obama Administration has been drawn into … More

    Iran Warns of Retaliation over Syrian Crisis

    If the Obama Administration follows through with its planned “shot across the bow” of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, it should be prepared to deal with the unintended consequences of such action. Some of the most troubling repercussions could come from Iran, Assad’s chief ally. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, … More

    Suez Canal Attacked by Terrorists

    Egyptian authorities announced this weekend that a container ship passing through the Suez Canal was attacked by terrorists, who apparently sought to close the strategic waterway. The Panama-flagged vessel reportedly escaped major damage. More importantly, the canal was not forced to close, which would have disrupted global shipping operations, ratcheted up … More

    Obama Punts to Congress on Syria

    Having carelessly established a “red line” for intervening in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy or appropriate course to protect U.S. interests, the President has now dumped the whole mess in the lap of Congress. It is appropriate for the President to consult Congress, but he has a … More

    Obama Mulls Response to Syrian Chemical Attacks

    The Obama Administration is now seeking the least bad option for responding to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brazen use of chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces. The most recent chemical attack, on rebel positions in the eastern edge of Damascus on August 21, killed hundreds of people. Secretary of … More

    Obama Administration Stumbles in Egypt’s Shifting Sands

    The Obama Administration’s influence in Egypt has evaporated as Egypt’s “Arab Spring” hopes for a democratic transition have wilted during a summer of rising violence. Egypt’s army, which ousted the unpopular, autocratic and anti-Western President Mohamed Morsi in a July 3 coup, turned a deaf ear to Washington’s call for … More

    Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath

    Iraq, which has fallen out of the spotlight since the December 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, has been plagued by rising internal conflict and instability. On Monday, al-Qaeda terrorists launched a brazen attack on two prisons near Baghdad and freed more than 500 prisoners. While the world’s attention has been focused … More

    Q&A: U.S. Foreign Aid to Egypt

    James Phillips, Heritage’s senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs, answers key questions about U.S. foreign aid to Egypt. What is U.S. foreign aid to Egypt? The Obama Administration has requested $1.55 billion in total bilateral aid to Egypt for fiscal year 2014. This includes $1.3 billion in military aid … More

    Egypt: Morsi Regime Shaken by Massive Protests and Army Ultimatum

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose authoritarian misrule has provoked massive protests, is desperately clinging to power. Egypt has been roiled by nationwide demonstrations since Sunday, the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration. Protesters demanded that Morsi step down by today and called for early elections. Middle East expert Daniel Pipes has … More

    Turkish Protests Undermine Erdogan and His Foreign Policy

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has badly mishandled mushrooming protests, which could obstruct his political ambitions and constrain his latitude on foreign policy issues. The protests, which were initially triggered on May 28 by Erdogan’s plans to uproot trees in Gezi Park in Istanbul, quickly snowballed into nationwide anti-government … More