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    Affirming the Taiwan Relations Act

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee met this week to mark up H. Res. 494, “Affirming the Importance of the Taiwan Relations Act [TRA].” The bill, co-sponsored by more than 60 Congressmen, reaffirms the House’s commitment to support Taiwan in joining any regional free trade agreements and to maintain peace in … More

    South Korea Needs Trustpolitik…with Japan

    Just when relations between South Korea and Japan appeared unalterably on the road to perdition, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proffered an off-ramp. Abe defied predictions by affirming rather than rejecting Japan’s previous apologies for its wartime atrocities. His stunning reversal provides an unforeseen opportunity to repair relations between America’s … More

    Young Heritage Researchers Back from Japan

    A group of 10 young researchers from The Heritage Foundation just returned to Washington after a two-week stay in Japan. During our trip we met with Diet members, staff from the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and scholars, including those from the Matsushita Institute of Government and … More

    Young Heritage Researchers Group in Japan

    A group of 10 young researchers from The Heritage Foundation arrived in Narita International Airport on Japan’s national Foundation Day holiday (also known as Kenkoku Kinen no Hi), which celebrates the establishment of Japan. The group—consisting of researchers from a variety of backgrounds, including national security, trade, and foreign relations—was … More

    Honey, I Shrunk America: U.S. Global Influence Under Obama

    A newly released Pew Research poll, “America’s Place in the World,” indicates that the Obama approach to foreign affairs has had a profoundly negative effect on the way Americans see their role in the world. Far from seeing the “shining city on the hill” articulated by American leaders from William … More

    Hearing on Afghanistan Highlights Importance of Residual Force

    Panelists at a recent hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia urged Congress to maintain a strong residual force in Afghanistan post-2014. The U.S. should remain diplomatically, financially, and militarily engaged in Afghanistan, noted Heritage Foundation senior fellow Lisa Curtis: The U.S. must … More

    Iceland Charts a Course Away from the EU

    In September, Iceland decided to officially suspend accession talks with the European Union. The decision indicates that the island nation will likely seek to chart a course for itself outside the EU. While Iceland remains an official candidate for EU membership, the suspension of accession talks demonstrates a new way … More

    Benghazi: State Department Accountability Under Scrutiny

    Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) held the first in a series of three important Benghazi hearings. This week the focus is the actions—or lack thereof—of the U.S. government as we pass the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi. “Benghazi: Where Is … 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