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    Use South Korean Presidential Visit to Affirm the Bilateral Relationship

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrived in Washington on May 6 to meet with President Obama and affirm the bilateral alliance that has kept peace on the Korean Peninsula for 60 years. At the moment, the U.S.–South Korea military, political, and economic relationships are the strongest they have ever been. … More

    Heard the One About the Benghazi Whistleblowers? Obama Hasn’t

    President Obama raised eyebrows today with his press conference statement that he was unaware of news stories about Benghazi whistleblowers being blocked and even threatened by the State Department. “I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” said Obama to a question from Jessica Yellin … More

    New House Report on the White Washing of Benghazi

    A just-released Interim Progress Report based on an investigation across five House committees on the Benghazi terrorist attack paints a disturbing picture of diplomatic security neglected and of obfuscation on the part of the Obama Administration. The House report is based on documents and e-mails laboriously extracted by Congress from … More

    Tensions Grow Between China and India

    Even as tensions remain high around the disputed Senkaku islands, China appears to be asserting its sovereignty elsewhere along its periphery. Indian officials have accused China of a deep incursion into the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, with Chinese forces reportedly 10 kilometers inside Indian territory. While there have been … More

    Benghazi: No, Let’s Not Move On

    Secretary of State John Kerry said it not once but twice during his House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday: Let’s move on from investigating Benghazi to “more important things.” This was not just an unfortunate turn of phrase. As the repetition shows, it clearly reveals Kerry’s thinking: We must … More

    Obama Administration Snubs Thatcher Funeral

    President Obama’s decision not to send any significant member of his Administration to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London was a regrettable decision that did disservice to the U.S.–U.K. Special Relationship. The decision not to send a senior Administration official such as Vice President … More

    Congressional Hearing Produces Shocker on Benghazi

    Kudos to members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for squarely placing Benghazi on the table at today’s hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s answers were nothing less than shocking. What we learned is that State is conducting yet another internal review of Benghazi, initiated by Kerry himself … More

    Asia: Kerry’s Missing Puzzle Piece

    “[T]his budget isn’t just a collection of numbers; it’s an illustration of our values and priorities,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in his testimony before the House Foreign Relations Committee on the proposed State Department budget. It’s not clear from his testimony today that one of those priorities is … More

    Chinese Defense White Paper Challenges American Leadership, Military Readiness

    On the eve of Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony to Congress on securing American interests abroad, the release of the Chinese defense white paper is a reminder of the significant challenges confronting the U.S. in the Asia–Pacific region. Sequestration may have Washington in knots, but there is no comparable … More

    Bad Deal for the U.S.: Kerry on Missile Defense

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated during his recent trip to China that the U.S. would withdraw some of its missile defenses if China can persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. It is optimistic to assume that China would be interested in persuading North Korea to … More