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    Iran: Nuclear Challenge Should Not Eclipse Concerns on Terrorism and Human Rights

    The Heritage Foundation hosted a distinguished panel on Wednesday to discuss current affairs in Iran. The purpose of the event was to discuss not only Iran’s nuclear program but ways in which the Iranian regime continues to undermine the rights of their own people and support global terrorist networks. Ken … More

    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

    Kerry Offers Himself as a Martyr for the Administration's Failed Foreign Policy

    During a recent Senate hearing, Secretary of State John Kerry said he would take the blame for any failures of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, all the while denying American foreign policy was “spinning out of control.” The administration’s approach to foreign policy—leading from behind—has been an abject failure. It … More

    Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador Exploited American Hostages

    While posing as a friendly and pragmatic reformer, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stuck a finger in the eye of Washington by appointing a diplomat who participated in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as Iran’s next representative to the United Nations. Hamid Aboutalebi was a member … More

    How Obama's Foreign Policy Views Could Affect the 2016 Election

    Bold prediction: By 2015, everyone running for president will be running against President Obama’s foreign policy. But the current crop of likely conservative candidates has, collectively, done little to lay claim to the right’s traditional mantle of national-security leadership. And squabbling amongst themselves is certainly no way to win it … More

    Nepal: Recent Elections a Tentative Step Toward a New Constitution

    Four months after elections that saw the Maoist party removed from power and the resurgence of its rivals in the Nepali Congress and United Marxist-Leninist (UML) parties, little progress has been made on a new constitution in Nepal. A new, properly constructed constitution will lead to stability, and stability in … More

    Boehner Warned the Reset with Russia Would Fail

    During a speech at The Heritage Foundation in October 2011, House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) warned that the Obama Administration’s much trumpeted “reset” policy with Russia was likely to fail. Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea vindicates the Speaker’s skepticism. Boehner explained how an utter lack of … More

    Why You Could Be the Next Obama Ambassador (Hint: No Experience Needed)

    “I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. That’s what Sen. Max Baucus said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Mr. Baucus had actually been … 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

    America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom: The Root of American Retreat

    America’s economic freedom and its leadership in international security are undeniably aligned. In his recent Wall Street Journal column, William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution asserted that the nation’s continuing jobless recovery has disheartened Americans from supporting a robust U.S. foreign policy: [O]ur political leaders cannot sustain the country’s … More