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    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

    Iran in Latin America: State Department Ignores Allies

    The State Department recently released a report to Congress assessing the threat posed by Iran in the Western Hemisphere. Regrettably, it seems that the State Department neglected to consult with U.S. allies in Latin America and ignored research that contradicted their assertions. Indeed, the report paints a rosy picture, suggesting … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting “Defunct”—Congress Finally Steps In

    Last Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) tackled an issue long overdue for congressional oversight—the state of affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The title of the HFAC hearing—“Broadcasting Board of Governors: An Agency ‘Defunct’”—came from none other than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The BBG … More

    Syria: Would the U.N. ATT Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels?

    Proponents of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) assert that the treaty prevents signatories from supporting not only the Syrian opposition but future rebellions against other totalitarian regimes. The Geneva Academy argues that the transfer of arms to a non-state actor “could amount to a violation” of the treaty. At … More

    “Russian Reset”: Time to Listen to the Critics

    In a well-reasoned broadside, The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted President Obama’s Russian policy and his Berlin speech this past Thursday. The editorial justly criticized the naiveté with which Obama reached out to Russian president Vladimir Putin with a badly thought out proposal to cut a third of the U.S. … More

    “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!”

    Today, we celebrate the anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s great speech before the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 12, 1987. Coming two and a half years before the end of the Cold War, Reagan’s famous line on the Berlin Wall still has that chill-giving power. General Secretary Gorbachev, if … More

    Susan Rice to NSC: Obama Goes All In on Failed Policies

    President Obama’s jarring choice of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to be the Administration’s new National Security Adviser showcases the President’s willingness to ride off a foreign policy cliff hand in hand with his ideological soul mate. In choosing Rice, the President fired a political shot … More

    Obama Reinforces Failure with Susan Rice Nomination

    President Obama gets high marks for loyalty to his closest political friends and allies, but his nomination of Susan Rice as National Security Adviser shows that his concern for the realistic security issues threatening the United States remains questionable. Rice was the frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State until … More