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    Afghanistan: Obama Administration Taking Wrong Lesson from Elections

    The high voter turnout for the April 5 election in Afghanistan (nearly 60 percent) in the face of insurgent violence and threats demonstrates that the Afghan people want democracy, not the harsh Islamist rule on offer from the Taliban. The U.S. should show it fully backs the Afghan people by … More

    President Obama’s Asia Trip and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    As President Obama travels to Asia, one item sure to be on his agenda is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries. Since the U.S. joined the negotiations in 2008, about the only thing the countries involved seem to … More

    Obama Seeks to Reassure Allies … Again

    Reassurance. Out of necessity, it’s become a prevalent theme of President Obama’s foreign policy, including his trip to Asia that he embarks on today. After all, how else to assuage jittery U.S. allies and their grave misgivings over Washington’s capabilities and resolve to defend them against escalating security threats. The … More

    Deal or No Deal? Cambodia Elections Saga Continues

    Hun Sen, prime minister of Cambodia, and opposition leader Sam Rainsy met last week in an attempt to reconcile differences over allegedly rigged July 2013 elections. Despite their lengthy discussion, no deal was inked. Since the elections, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has called for a transparent review … More

    Iran Exploits Interim Nuclear Agreement to Undermine Sanctions

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to release a report indicating that Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the November interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium stockpile, as required by the agreement, according to the IAEA. While this is … More

    U.S. Should Not Give Russia More Insight into Its National Security Activities

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R–MI) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reject a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin to upgrade Russia’s technical capability for observational flights of U.S. and NATO countries by airplane. Signed in 1992 by 34 counties, the Open Skies Treaty allows … More

    Iran: Nuclear Challenge Should Not Eclipse Concerns on Terrorism and Human Rights

    The Heritage Foundation hosted a distinguished panel on Wednesday to discuss current affairs in Iran. The purpose of the event was to discuss not only Iran’s nuclear program but ways in which the Iranian regime continues to undermine the rights of their own people and support global terrorist networks. Ken … More

    It’s Not the Value of the Chinese Currency: The Proof in Charts

    While the U.S. Treasury did not label China as a currency manipulator this week, it did criticize the Chinese authorities for recently intervening in the foreign exchange market. However, the yuan–dollar exchange value has no effect on the U.S.–Chinese bilateral trade balance. This is because a lot has changed in … More

    We Give Foreigners Taxpayer Money to Import Stuff from America. What?

    Is there anything the U.S. government doesn’t take taxpayer dollars to do? Here’s a lesser-known function of your hard-earned money: providing backing for people in other countries to buy things from America. Come again? Yes, that’s right. Let’s say Air China wants to purchase some Boeing jets. To encourage that … More

    Ukraine Takes Action to Quell Russian-Provoked Unrest

    Today, the Ukrainian military began “anti-terror” operations to wrest control of some eastern police stations and government buildings from pro-Russian militants who had seized these installations during the previous week. These militants, along with suspected Russian Special Forces, have stirred up unrest in cities in eastern Ukraine, capturing government buildings … More