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    Assad’s War on Terrorism Is a Misnomer

    The Syrian peace talks are cautiously proceeding despite Iran being invited and then disinvited from the talks, divisions within the Syrian government delegation, and utter disagreement over the possibility of a transitional government. Expectations for any type of political settlement to the war remain very low. Unsurprisingly, President Bashar al-Assad … More

    What the President Should Say About Foreign and Defense Policy

    Five years on since Barack Obama took office, it is time for the President to admit the obvious: His foreign and defense policies have largely been a failure. Bewildered Administration policies have eroded national sovereignty, weakened the military, emboldened enemies, and disheartened allies. The Administration’s strategy of “leading from behind” … More

    U.S. Could Learn From Hong Kong About Economic Freedom

    My previous column focused on why the United States is no longer among the top 10 nations listed in the annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” It’s important to put this in a larger context and explain why it matters. The freest societies in history have always been the most prosperous. … More

    American Leadership Needed as Global Freedom Declines

    Freedom House has just released its 41st annual survey of freedom in the world. It shows an overall erosion in global freedom for the eighth year in a row. Just 40 percent of the world’s population now lives in “free” countries. Some of the biggest declines in global freedom occurred … More

    Russia's Reputation at Risk in Sochi

    Next month, the Winter Olympics in Sochi will bring many of Russia’s systemic problems in focus. It won’t be a pretty picture. The terrorist threat, rampant corruption, a problematic human-rights record, and rising xenophobia and nationalism will all be on display. How the Russian leadership deals with these ills during … More

    Obama's Foreign Policy to Nowhere

    Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the British Defense Staff, made some ripples across the pond with his judgment on the U.S. president’s foreign policy. “Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world,” Strachan said. Coming from a world-class military historian, it … More

    The State of Economic Freedom in Asia

    Asia is home to some of the economically freest and least free nations in the world, according to the recently released Index of Economic Freedom. The Index, published yearly by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, surveys 186 countries and gives each country a score based on 10 … More

    5 Things You Might Be Asking about the Sochi Terrorist Threats

    With two weeks to go before the opening of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, terrorist threats have many questioning the security of the games. The Foundry asked Heritage’s expert on the region, Ariel Cohen, for some perspective on the threats. Where are the terrorist threats to the Olympics coming … More

    Economic Freedom in Japan: A Lot of Work Ahead

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. While Japan has dropped in its ranking in the Index of Economic Freedom, from 24th in 2013 to 25th in 2014, it still has a positive growth in economic freedom, allowing it to hold on to … More

    Burma: ASEAN Can’t Ignore Persecution of Religious Minorities

    As Burma assumes its role as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its ability to credibly deal with serious human rights issues is in serious question. Burma has come out with a statement that, under its chairmanship, ASEAN will not address concerns about the persecution of the … More