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    Don’t Count on China to Help Ukraine

    As the situation deteriorates in Ukraine, the United States and its European allies are looking for means to pressure Moscow, while recognizing that options—military or otherwise—are limited. The question has been raised: Could China be counted upon to press Vladimir Putin to limit his incursion? After all, China has long … More

    IMF Package to Ukraine Should Include Real Economic Reforms

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials beat the U.S. to the punch this week, arriving to discuss economic aid to Ukraine one day earlier than U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. While Kerry promised $1 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S., the IMF is working on a $15 billion loan … More

    Venezuela: Heritage Pays Attention

    For over two weeks, Venezuela has been engulfed in massive anti-government protests and violent reprisals from the government. Yet attention to the situation has been minimal. As Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) stated Tuesday, “There is no indication that the administration is even thinking too much about Venezuela.” Last week a … More

    Expelling Russia from the G8: Weak Symbolism and Absurdist Theater

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has joined U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in calling for consideration of expelling Russia from the G8, the group of the eight most powerful industrialized democracies. Russia was a late comer to the group, joining only in 1997, in a move that was supposed … More

    Questions About Ukraine? Experts Discuss Live at Noon

    While you were sleeping, Russian military personnel fired warning shots above the heads of Ukrainian soldiers in the Crimean peninsula. Additionally, Reuters is reporting that pro-Russian authorities are cutting off water and electricity to Ukrainian soldiers. And as if that wasn’t enough drama, Russian President Vladimir Putin is largely ignoring … More

    Chile Gets the Visa Waiver Program, but What About Poland?

    On February 28, the Obama Administration announced the designation of Chile as the 38th country to be admitted into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). That’s great as far as it goes. The VWP allows foreign nationals to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa … More

    Obama and the Red Crayon

    Lines don’t mean anything to President Obama. Domestically, he has no trouble stepping outside the lines of the law—even laws he championed—to suit his agenda. When it comes to foreign policy, he has a red crayon he likes to pull out from time to time—but it’s the washable kind. No … More

    Japan: On-the-Ground Perspective of Volatile Disputes

    On a recent visit by 10 young Heritage Foundation researchers to Tokyo, Japan, the issue of torn relations between Japan and China dominated the majority of our meetings with Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. There was little substantive talk, though, about how relations will actually be … More

    WATCH: Actor Jared Leto Sends Support to Ukraine and Venezuela in Acceptance Speech

    Actor Jared Leto made the first mention of the crises in Ukraine and Venezuela during last night’s Academy Awards as he accepted an Oscar for best supporting actor in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. “To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the … More

    Why Americans Should Care about Venezuela's Fight for Freedom

    While the uprising in Venezuela is getting lots less news coverage than the turmoil in Ukraine, the outcome is of equal importance — if not more — to the United States. Why? Geography. Quite simply, though not understating the importance of the results of “East versus West” in Ukraine, Venezue-la … More