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    Syrian Geopolitical Chess: Putin’s One-Two Punch

    Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times is an attempt to talk to the American people over the heads of its elected representatives. For a Russian foreign policy practitioner, it is also an act of information warfare. After all, Russia views the United States as a strategic competitor, if … More

    The Other September 11 Anniversary: Remembering Benghazi

    While official commemorations of September 11, 2001, are going on and Americans continue to grieve and honor the lives lost 12 years ago, those who lost their lives in Benghazi, Libya, one year ago today must not be forgotten. This day also marks the anniversary of the death of U.S. … More

    Who Are the Rebels in Syria?

    No one knows for certain the number of organized opposition groups in Syria and opposition militia forces fighting in the Syrian civil war. These irregular guerrilla forces fighting primarily against the Syrian army range from secular groups to Salafi Islamist militants. The Islamist factions are reportedly split between groups that … More

    Syria FAQ: Is Striking Syria in America's Strategic Interests?

    Is Obama’s plan to strike Syria in America’s strategic interests? Is it true that unless we attack Syria, chemical weapons could somehow be used against us or our allies? Is it true that America’s credibility really is at stake? And will the planned strike measurably change the balance of power … More

    Where Was John Kerry on Syria for the Past Six Months?

    Secretary of State John Kerry has emerged—perhaps erupted is a better word—as the Obama Administration’s strongest advocate for punitive air strikes against the Assad regime. With his impassioned speech to a global audience at the State Department last Friday, Kerry pleaded for humanitarian intervention in Syria. (That, of course, was … More

    Iran Warns of Retaliation over Syrian Crisis

    If the Obama Administration follows through with its planned “shot across the bow” of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, it should be prepared to deal with the unintended consequences of such action. Some of the most troubling repercussions could come from Iran, Assad’s chief ally. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, … More

    Can There Be a "Humanitarian War"?

    In pressing Congress to approve military action against Syria, both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have argued that the U.S. must strike for humanitarian reasons, if no other. But does the Syrian situation really support a moral argument for war? No, concludes Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Kim Holmes … More

    Heritage Experts Discuss the Mess in Syria (VIDEO)

    In a 26-minute chat, Heritage experts discussed the unraveling situation in Syria and why President Obama’s widely publicized plan for limited missile strikes is not the best course of action for the United States. Having carelessly established a “red line” for intervening in the Syrian civil war without a clear … More

    Obama’s Goals in Syria Remain Unclear

    Red lines work only when they are red. This is one of the foreign policy lessons President Obama has not learned. The President has had to redefine what his “red line” on chemical weapons use constituted in Syria and has not explained a clear plan for America’s involvement in the … More

    Obama's Unreal New Realities on Syria

    Today, President Obama sent Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the use of military force in Syria; they will testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee tomorrow. The trio has … More