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    Obama's Move to Close U.S. Embassy in Syria a Wise Decision

    After 10 months of anti-government protests in Syria and some 5,000 dead amid a violent government crackdown, the United States is preparing to close the U.S. embassy in the capital city of Damascus and evacuate all American personnel by the end of January, The Washington Post reports. The embassy will … More

    Libyan Islamists Gaining Strength

    Although Libya has rid itself of the Muammar Qadhafi regime, it faces an uncertain future endangered by radical Islamist factions, warring militia commanders, tribal rivalries, a lack of democratic traditions, and a civil society ravaged by decades of authoritarian rule. Last week, two militias clashed violently in a turf war … More

    Syria’s Media Crackdown: No End in Sight

    Syria remains a holdout in the Middle East against the forces of popular discontent. The regime of Bashar al-Assad has so far stayed in power throughout the Arab uprisings where the autocrats of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya have failed. Other regimes have been forced to make political changes. If you … More

    Islamists Dominate First Round of Egyptian Elections

    Egyptian Islamists are poised to emerge as the big winners in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, a complex electoral process that will be held in phases until March. The first round of voting, to fill one-third of the seats in the lower house of parliament, was held on November 28–29, with run-off … More

    Egypt's Army Overplays Its Hand Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

    Egypt experienced its third day of bloody clashes on Monday, the worst explosion of political violence since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak last February. The riots were provoked by a clumsy government attempt on Saturday to forcibly eject protesters from Cairo’s Tahrir Square—the epicenter of Egypt’s “Arab Spring” protests. … More

    VIDEO: Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Hopes Arab Spring Spreads to Russia

    Garry Kasparov mastered the game of chess to become a world-famous champion. These days he’s facing a much tougher opponent: the corrupt leadership of Russia. Kasparov, a leader of the Russia opposition, spoke at Heritage about why Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is immune to the Obama administration’s reset strategy. In … More

    New Libyan Prime Minister Faces Major Challenges

    Libya’s interim government gradually is taking shape. On Monday the Transitional National Council (TNC) announced that it had elected a new Prime Minister, Abdurraheem el-Keib, who will serve until elections in June for a national assembly that will write a new constitution. El-Keib, a dual Libyan-American citizen, is a U.S.-educated … More

    Tunisian Elections Dominated by the Islamist Al-Nahda Party

    The Al-Nahda (“Renaissance”) Party, a long-banned Islamist movement that was legalized after the ouster of Tunisia’s autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January, is emerging as the big winner in Sunday’s elections. Although the final results have not yet been announced, Al-Nahda has reportedly won 27 out of the … More

    The Decline and Fall of Obama's Foreign Policy Czars

    Whatever became of President Barack Obama’s vaunted foreign policy czars, who were to transform America’s international relations through soft power diplomacy? The answer is nothing good. One by one the czars have fallen by the wayside, leaving a trail of bureaucratic irritation and diplomatic failure behind them. The Administration now … More

    Obama's Middle East: Withdrawal from Iraq

    The word is out that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year. While every American shares the conviction that we don’t want any U.S. troops stationed in a Middle East country a day longer than they need to be, it is tragic to … More