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    Ceasefire in Syria Fizzles As Violence Spills into Turkey

    A ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces appeared, for a moment, to be on the horizon. But in reality it was nothing more than a mirage that evaporated over the weekend when dictator Bashar al-Assad’s government demanded concessions from the opposition who have been under unceasing attacks for the past year. The Guardian … More

    The Soviet Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games has captured the imagination of the entire nation. The book-turned-movie is set in a dystopian world where 12 districts are held under the tyrannical rule of a far-distant Capital. To keep the districts from rebellion, the Capital uses an age-old tactic to manipulate the people: constant fear … More

    House to Hear about Chinese Public Diplomacy

    There used to be a saying about the Chinese: “They work while we sleep.” In the field of public diplomacy, it is absolutely spot on. The Chinese have taken to public diplomacy and information warfare with a vengeance, using every tool of state and military craft to advance their ideology … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Whispers Away America's Security

    It is hard to overstate the dangerous implications of what happened this week when President Obama was caught by an open mic sending a message to Russia’s dictator-in-waiting to wait quietly till after the November elections, after which Mr. Obama could make concessions on America’s national defense. The White House … More

    Blocking Strait of Hormuz: IHS Exercise Confirms Heritage Analysis

    As is frequently the case, petroleum futures markets are anxious about political instability in the Middle East. Of particular concern is the possibility that efforts to counter or eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons capability will lead Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which passes about one-fifth of the world’s … More

    Latest U.N. Security Council Act Won't Stop Assad

    The U.N. Security Council finally reached an agreement on Syria yesterday. In typical U.N. form, it amounts to more talk than action. Russia and China acquiesced to a non-binding presidential statement calling for “a ceasefire in Syria and opening conflict areas to humanitarian aid.” The statement contains no ultimatum for … More

    Meet Al-Nusra, Another Bin Laden Wannabe Group

    The group that claimed responsibility for a double-suicide bombing that killed 27 people in Syria is widely regarded as a front organization for al-Qaeda in Syria. The Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant, which claimed responsibilities for the attacks, bears all the marks of another bin Laden wannabe group. The … More

    Congress Keen to Promote America's Interests in Asia

    Three key senior congressional staff members gathered last Thursday for an enlightening discussion in The Heritage Foundation’s annual “View from the Hill” event, hosted by Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center. Edward Burrier, a professional staffer for Congressman Ed Royce (R–CA) on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on … More

    Alleged Killings by American Soldier Rattle Afghanistan

    Details are still emerging on the killings of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier in Kandahar province. U.S. officials call it an isolated incident in which one rogue soldier acted alone. Obviously if the initial reports are true, this is a horrifying event that will shake how Americans and … More

    Morning Bell: China's Military Rising

    In early January, President Barack Obama traveled across the Potomac River to the Pentagon and joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to discuss his Administration’s military strategy, promising that he would keep America’s fighting forces the best-trained, best-led, best-equipped military in history. Unfortunately, he’s not keeping that promise, and meanwhile, China’s … More