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  • Obama Inauguration Speech: Ignoring Problems Does Not Make Them Go Away

    Not to rain on President Obama’s parade, but the world is a dangerous place. America cannot afford to place “hope” above reality when it comes to its foreign policy. Although the U.S. faces many overseas challenges, there was barely any mention in President Obama’s inauguration speech of what America’s role … More

    Algeria Hostage Crisis: Why U.S. Bases in Europe Are Vital

    Yesterday, Islamist militants seized a foreign-owned gas field in Algeria and took dozens of Western hostages, including several Americans. This attack was allegedly in response to Algeria allowing French warplanes to transit Algerian airspace to strike militants in neighboring Mali. Even though U.S. citizens are being held at gunpoint in … More

    The Senate Must Press Obama Foreign Policy Nominees on Europe

    In the coming weeks, the Senate will begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan for Director of the CIA. All three have been … More

    Celebrating Margaret Thatcher Day in the Falkland Islands

    Today the Falkland Islands are observing Margaret Thatcher Day. Thirty years ago today, during her first visit to the Falkland Islands since its liberation, Thatcher said: Today again the Union Jack flies over Port Stanley, and may it ever fly there. So we in the Falkland Islands and in Great … More

    How Sequestration Budget Cuts Could Affect U.K. Defense

    If sequestration becomes a reality in January 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) will cut another $500 billion from an already slashed defense budget. These cuts are likely to negatively affect many American allies—especially the United Kingdom. Here are two programs that London should watch carefully: 1. The Short Take … More

    Another EU-Led, Feel-Good Measure That Will Result in Disappointment

    As the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) prepare to retake northern Mali from Islamist militants, the European Union (EU) formally agreed to the deployment of an EU-led military force to train the Malian army to undertake this mission. The challenges of the task … More

    Surprise, Surprise: Nobel Prize Awarded for Politics, Not Substance

    Many self-righteous and smug Eurocrats will be celebrating the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded earlier today in Oslo, Norway. Wisely and sensibly, some European leaders, such as British Prime Minister David Cameron and Czech President Václav Klaus, decided not to attend today’s ceremony. It was clear to … More

    In Afghanistan, France Retreats While Georgia Advances

    During the same week that France announced it has retreated early from Afghanistan, the tiny NATO-aspirant country of Georgia announced that it has doubled its troop contribution to the NATO-led mission. The Taliban, unsurprisingly, issued a statement calling on other NATO members to follow France’s example. For the sake of … More

    U.S. Air Force in Poland: A Small Step in the Right Direction

    Last week marked an important milestone for U.S.–Polish defense relations: A small detachment of U.S. airmen arrived at Lask air base in Poland and established the first permanent U.S. military presence in the country. While this modest increase in the U.S. Air Force’s presence in Europe is a step in … More

    The Obama Doctrine: A Failed Policy Leaving America Weaker in a Dangerous World

    In the third and last presidential debate before the November election, President Obama will be challenged on his foreign policy credentials. Defending his foreign policy track record will be no easy task. After almost four years of his presidency, not only is America’s standing in the world weaker; the world … More