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  • Morning Bell: Taking Terrorism and the Arab Spring Seriously

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama showed a stunning lack of reality on terrorism and the Arab Spring. The President’s statement saluting “the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk” unfortunately rings hollow when one considers the Administration’s treatment of the … More

    Mali: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy

    As the Obama Administration increases its assistance for the French operation in Mali, it’s clear that Washington understands it has a role to play, even if it does not want to lead. In many ways, the instability across North Africa and the Sahel is owed to the Arab Spring and … More

    Congress Showing Initiative to Investigate Benghazi

    Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s congressional testimony (here and here) failed to deliver new information regarding the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. If anything, the hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee more or less offered … More

    Emerging Challenges in Africa Require Flexibility

    U.S. military engagement in Africa is not a new phenomenon, but it hasn’t always been a priority. But with the rapid expansion of terrorism across North Africa and the Sahel, the continent is making headlines. Until 2007, there was no U.S. military structure to address the increasing importance of Africa … More

    Clinton Takes One for Her Team

    Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. There were more questions than answers. Rather than provide new insight into the attack, Secretary Clinton simply reiterated … More

    Congressional Hearing on Benghazi: New Developments Beg More Answers

    Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The outgoing Secretary of State is unlikely to provide new insight into the attack. However, her testimony as … More

    Algeria: Terrorism on the Move in North Africa and the Sahel

    Yesterday, in western Algeria, near the Libyan border, militants under the command of Mokhtar Belmokhtar (a former al-Qaeda leader) attacked a gas field, taking hostages, including Americans. The attack was supposedly in response to France’s intervention in Mali. While details are still emerging, this debacle further highlights the freedom with … More

    Africa: Little Change in Economic Freedom

    Africa’s progress in Heritage’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom remains stagnant. Though making progress last year, with an average score gain of 0.2 points, the continent declined by 0.1 points in 2013. Over the past few years, scores of Western nations have seen their ratings plummet (including the United States). … More

    Iran Endorses Obama Pick Hagel for U.S. Secretary of Defense

    Iran’s Foreign Ministry dumped more fuel on the fire of former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) nomination for Secretary of Defense by announcing its approval for President Obama’s pick. It’s no secret that Hagel, an outspoken critic of sanctions on Iran, has preferred a policy of engagement and direct talks with … More

    Report on Benghazi Attack Falls Short on Investigation

    Today, State Department officials testify before the Senate and House of Representatives’ respective foreign affairs committees on the findings of the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) report on the September 11 terrorist attack against the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi. Released yesterday, the report demonstrates the State Department’s profound failure to … More