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    Morning Bell: Remembering Tiananmen

    In the spring of 1989, millions of Chinese peacefully seized control of their own capital and demanded democracy. After then-Premier Li Peng declared martial law on May 19th, the people of Beijing, not just students, responded by setting up bus and truck barricades to protect the demonstrators’ command post in … More

    In the Heat of Battle, Secretary Clinton Faults Drug War Strategy

    In her March 25-26 visit to Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attracted considerable attention when she said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. …So yes, I feel very strongly that we have a co-responsibility.” Secretary Clinton acknowledges that the U.S. market and American habits are … More

    Opportunities for Clinton in Mexico

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins her first trip to Mexico today and Heritage scholars Ray Walser, James Roberts, and Jena Baker McNeill preview what Clinton needs to accomplish: Secretary Clinton needs to demonstrate to President Felipe Calderon and the Mexican people that the U.S. approaches the Mexican drug cartel … More

    Possible Effects of Clinton-Lavrov Talks

    The Geneva meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hardly attracted Russian spotlight. Moscow does not have much faith in a fast track success toward improving bilateral relations and resolving multiple thorny issues. Nevertheless, the Kremlin is viewing with hope some of the … More

    Secretary Clinton’s Real Reset: Missile Defense

    In a recent Associated Press article, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s trip to Europe and the Middle East showed improvement as far as missile defense is concerned. Secretary Clinton “appeared to suggest that missile defense in Europe was a good idea even if Iran was no longer a worry.” While Iran is … More

    Pushing the Wrong Buttons

    Friday night, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a dinner in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss US-Russian relations. As a token, Secretary Clinton brought a yellow box with a button and the words “reset” on both sides in English and Russian. Apparently, the State … More

    State Department Lowers Bar on Hugo Chavez

    On February 15, the Venezuelan electorate in a referendum gave President Hugo Chavez a green light to become what he longs to become: president for life. By mobilizing the weapons in his arsenal that includes influence over state employees and recipients of his largesse, with increased media control, and a … More

    Japanese Initiative on Pakistan Welcome

    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Japan this week, one of the main topics of conversation will be developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Japan has played an important role in contributing to efforts to stabilize and secure South Asia over the last seven years. Washington should welcome a more … More

    Is Senator Clinton Eligible for Secretary of State?

    There is a growing debate on the web and in the media regarding Senator Hillary Clinton’s eligibility to be appointed to the office of Secretary of State by President-Elect Barack Obama. The controversy centers on the “Emoluments Clause” of Article I, section 6 of the United States Constitution, which states that “No Senator … More

    Morning Bell: Health Care Reform We Believe In

    Yesterday the nation’s largest health insurance trade group, the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), unveiled its proposal for major reform of the U.S. health care sector. AHIP President Karen Ignagni told the Los Angeles Times, “The nation is on the eve of a national discussion about healthcare. This comes around … More