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    New START: State Department’s “Facts” Don’t Match Reality

    “Three years in, New START has performed exactly as advertised,” writes John Kerry, Secretary of State, in his most recent article. In reality, the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START) was a bad deal for the U.S. three years ago and it remains so today. Kerry says he would … More

    John Kerry’s Words Don’t Match Obama Administration Actions on North Korea

    During his trip to South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed that the United States “will, if necessary, defend our allies and defend ourselves” against North Korean aggression. Yet, he appears more eager to defuse a crisis than pledge unequivocal support to an ally threatened with military attack. It … More

    Key Political Appointments Remain Unfilled at the State Department

    Despite John Kerry being confirmed as the Secretary of State for President Obama’s second term two months ago, numerous senior State Department positions remain unfilled with no plans to fill them in sight. Instead, the White House process for political appointees is moving as “slowly as molasses,” according to State … More

    China’s Egregious Human Rights Record

    Human rights advocates stressed the importance of U.S. leadership in fighting violations of liberty in China in testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a renowned human rights advocate and former prisoner in China, told Congress the … More

    Despite “Pivot” to Asia, Kerry Forced to Return to Middle East

    Although the Obama Administration has proclaimed its intention to “pivot” toward Asia, Secretary of State John Kerry has been forced to pivot back to the Middle East in advance of his forthcoming trip to Asia. Kerry was originally slated to travel to South Korea, Japan, and China following the April … More

    Kerry Signals Conditional U.S. Commitment to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    On Friday afternoon—the traditional time to issue unpopular statements—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled the conditional commitment of the U.S. to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The conditions were as important as the commitment: According to Kerry, the U.S. wants a “strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty” that … More

    U.S. House to Hear from Wife of American Citizen Imprisoned in Iran

    On Friday, the House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the persecution of religious minorities in Iran. It will feature Nagmeh Abedini, the wife of a Christian pastor currently jailed in Iran. Nagmeh’s husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, is an American citizen who was sentenced to eight years in prison … More

    Morning Bell: Why the Death of Hugo Chavez Matters

    Tears streamed down the face of Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro yesterday as he announced that longtime Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was dead. The news likely came as a surprise to no one—Chavez had been battling cancer for years and was long thought to be on his deathbed. In fact, … More

    John Kerry’s First Foreign Trip: Not Exactly a Roaring Success

    Secretary of State John Kerry returns tomorrow to the United States after his first foreign trip as a member of the Obama Administration. It is probably with a sense of relief. Kerry did charm some of the European media (not exactly a difficult task) by showing off his language skills. … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline

    In Washington, a presidential Administration releases news it doesn’t like at 5 p.m. on Fridays. So it pays to pay attention when everyone is leaving work for the weekend. Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying … More