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    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, gives us his take on the latest deal with Iran. Will the interim agreement stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program? The agreement will marginally slow, but not halt, Iran’s nuclear efforts. It has been incorrectly described as a “freeze,” but many … More

    Iran Gains Sanctions Relief from the Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration, eagerly seeking a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, is now signaling that it will ease the sanctions that finally forced Tehran to the negotiating table. On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama Administration is considering the easing of some sanctions to further … More

    U.S. Allies Voice Alarm over Obama’s Middle East Policies

    Saudi Arabia and Israel, two key U.S. allies, have publicly challenged the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies this week and expressed alarm over the unraveling of America’s reputation as a dependable ally. Both are understandably concerned that the Administration is succumbing to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive and is … More

    Japanese Conservative Victory: A Welcome Development for the U.S.

    In Japan, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) exceeded even the most optimistic predictions by winning a landslide victory in Sunday’s lower house election. LDP Leader Shinzo Abe’s conservative foreign policy views and the Japanese public’s growing concern over China provide an excellent opportunity for Washington to achieve several policy … More

    U.S. Makes Right Call on U.N. Internet Treaty

    Governments eager to use the recently concluded International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference to bolster their efforts to censor and govern the Internet successfully inserted a provision to aid their cause. Although the Obama Administration is known to support most international treaties, this proved to be a bridge too far. As … More

    Time to Take Mexico Seriously

    When President Obama and Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto meet in Washington on Tuesday, their talks will highlight the critical relationship between our two nations. Today many businessmen and investors are increasingly bullish on Mexico. The potential for positive developments in Mexico, The Economist and others argue, are too easily … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty Moves Forward

    Last Wednesday, the First Committee of the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution to hold a final negotiating conference on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on March 18–28, using the treaty text from last July’s conference and under the rule of consensus (i.e., any nation can block the treaty … More

    U.N. Loses Focus on the Human Rights They Ought to Protect

    The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group reconvened last week in Geneva to examine the human rights records of 14 U.N. member states. The review was established as part of the new Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2006 and intended to review all 192 U.N. member states … More

    Presidential Debate Revisits President Obama’s Apology Tour

    During Monday night’s presidential debate, President Obama provided some tough rhetoric when highlighting his foreign policy credentials. However, Governor Romney was quick to point out that Obama not too long ago traveled the world apologizing for U.S. leadership. Upon entering office in 2009, Obama sought atonement for the supposed sins … More