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    Obama Mulls Response to Syrian Chemical Attacks

    The Obama Administration is now seeking the least bad option for responding to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brazen use of chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces. The most recent chemical attack, on rebel positions in the eastern edge of Damascus on August 21, killed hundreds of people. Secretary of … More

    Obama Administration Stumbles in Egypt’s Shifting Sands

    The Obama Administration’s influence in Egypt has evaporated as Egypt’s “Arab Spring” hopes for a democratic transition have wilted during a summer of rising violence. Egypt’s army, which ousted the unpopular, autocratic and anti-Western President Mohamed Morsi in a July 3 coup, turned a deaf ear to Washington’s call for … More

    Indo–Pakistani Cease-Fire No More

    Indo–Pakistani skirmishing along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir has escalated in the past 10 days and threatens to destroy a decade-old cease-fire between the regional rivals. A series of incidents along the LoC, including the ambush and killing of five Indian soldiers last week and the killing … More

    Q&A on Embassy Closings and Terrorist Threats

    James Carafano, Heritage’s vice president for foreign and defense policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, sat down with us to answer some frequently asked questions about the recent terrorist threats, embassy closures, and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. Q. Is the threat against U.S. embassies credible? A. Yes. … More

    War of Tweets: The State Department Takes on Islamists

    Twitter and other social media are the new battle ground in the war of ideas between Islamist radicals and the U.S. State Department. Since July 17, Islamist tweeters and the State Department’s Digital Outreach Team (DOT) have been dueling on Twitter. The DOT is part of the State Department’s Center … More

    The Case for Strengthening the GMD Program

    Following the failure of the July 5 intercept test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense system, Senator Dick Durbin (D–IL) commented that “this is a system that still hasn’t been proven to be able to protect America.” Durbin added that he does not see the value in allocating … More

    Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath

    Iraq, which has fallen out of the spotlight since the December 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, has been plagued by rising internal conflict and instability. On Monday, al-Qaeda terrorists launched a brazen attack on two prisons near Baghdad and freed more than 500 prisoners. While the world’s attention has been focused … More

    The Growing Presence of Iran in Latin America

    The Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee recently held a hearing about Iran’s influence and presence in Latin America. Contrary to a prior report released by the State Department, all of the experts who testified expressed deep concern over what they called a growing influence of Iran in the region. Ilan … More

    Missile Defense: Independent Working Group Holds Valuable Seminar

    In recent days, the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee adopted different versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014. They both include provisions for small increases in funding for the Missile Defense Agency—over the Obama Administration’s request. On June 25, the Independent Working … More

    Egypt: Fruits of the Obama Administration's Neglect

    For a leader, neglect almost always turns out for the worse. Problems fester. Opponents are emboldened, and supporters demoralized. Aimlessness begets powerlessness, as changing positions confuse and bewilder. Then, after all is said and done, the very thing you most earnestly wanted to avoid comes to pass anyway, only now … More