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    Al-Qaeda: 'Spreading Like Wildfire'

    Last week, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing provocatively titled “Is Al-Qaeda Winning?” The answers that the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade received were profoundly unsettling. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–Conn.) testified that Syria had become a key focal point of al-Qaeda’s efforts. He noted that there … More

    Tunisia: Time to Forge Economic Freedom Partnership

    Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa is currently visiting the United States on a trip designed to demonstrate “the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people.” He will meet with President Obama on April 4. The success of Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, in moving toward … More

    Success of Tunisia Matters to America

    On February 7, Tunisia, the birthplace of the “Arab Spring,” celebrated the adoption of a new constitution that has been hailed as one of the most progressive in the Middle East and North Africa region. Tunisia’s remarkable political turnaround, epitomized by the almost unanimous ratification of the constitution and the … More

    The Obama Administration’s Syria Policy Meltdown

    Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the Obama Administration’s policy on Syria was failing and needed to be changed, according to two Republican Senators. Senators John McCain (R–AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R–SC), who were part of a congressional delegation attending the Munich Security Conference, revealed that Kerry, in a … More

    U.S. Suspends Aid to Syrian Rebels as Islamists Seize Supplies

    Washington has suspended nonlethal aid to Syrian rebels after Islamist militants seized warehouses containing U.S.-provided supplies close to the Turkish border, U.S. officials announced Wednesday. General Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army, the non-Islamist rebel group that the United States has weakly supported, was forced to flee Syria … More

    Syria: Obama’s Policy Implosion

    The White House has become increasingly defensive about the supposed benefits of its policy zigzags regarding the deepening crisis in Syria. Syria’s humanitarian crisis is worsening; the Bashar al-Assad regime continues to get away with murder, supported by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah; and Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution … 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

    Obama’s Lack of Leadership on Aid to Egypt

    U.S. policy on Egypt has drifted in recent months due to a lack of high-level attention, as the Obama Administration focused on Syria, Iran, Israeli–Palestinian peace talks, and the government shutdown. CNN reported yesterday that the Administration would soon announce a cutoff of aid to Egypt, but the White House … More

    Satellite TV: Empowering Women in the Middle East and North Africa

    Female genital mutilation. Slavery. Honor killings. These are the fates of thousands of Arab and African women each year. The United Nations’ conservative estimate is 5,000 honor killings annually, two-thirds of them by their families of origin. On October 1, The Heritage Foundation’s Becky Norton Dunlop hosted “Pain and Promise … More

    Obama’s Ad Lib Syria Policy Puts Putin in Driver’s Seat

    Moscow has quickly exploited Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark on Monday about how Syria could avoid a U.S. military attack by giving up its chemical weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov swiftly launched a Russian initiative, which Syria immediately welcomed. Now the Obama Administration has been drawn into … More