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    Embassy Closings Reflect Benghazi Failure

    The closing of 21 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East grows out of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in at least two ways: The failure of the Obama Administration to retaliate in any way against those who attacked our consulate and killed a U.S. ambassador has emboldened the enemies … More

    Government Investigation Reveals Inadequate Security at U.S. Embassies

    Recent testimony has revealed the fragile nature of the security of many American embassies. State Department officials Gregory B. Starr and Bill A. Miller testified that 10 months after the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, 15 diplomatic posts in high-threat areas fail to meet safety and security standards. … More

    Egypt: Who’s Who in the Transitional Government

    Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi no longer controls the purse strings or answers the direct line in the presidential palace. So who exactly is running Egypt’s political and economic affairs? The interim cabinet, comprised largely of anti-Morsi supporters and technocrats, now governs the country. Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi has … 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

    Q&A: U.S. Foreign Aid to Egypt

    James Phillips, Heritage’s senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs, answers key questions about U.S. foreign aid to Egypt. What is U.S. foreign aid to Egypt? The Obama Administration has requested $1.55 billion in total bilateral aid to Egypt for fiscal year 2014. This includes $1.3 billion in military aid … More

    Egypt: Egyptians Want Greater Economic Freedom Before Democracy

    For many ordinary Egyptians, fixing the economy is key. They are demanding a functioning economy that works under the rule of law. In fact, protesters have been demanding greater economic freedom, not necessarily greater democracy. Recognizing the critical distinction between these two cannot be overemphasized. In his thought-provoking chapter featured … More

    Q&A on Egypt

    Heritage expert James Jay Carafano, vice president of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, gives his answers to questions about the turmoil in Egypt. Q. Is President Mohamed Morsi’s downfall a blow to democracy in the Middle East? A. No, far from it. Morsi was … More

    Egypt: Marines on Standby

    U.S. Marines from Morón, Spain, have been moved to the U.S. base in Sigonella, Italy, to station more forces closer to Egypt as a response to the events happening there. There is a sentiment among many in politics that America can pull back its global presence, cut the military, and … More

    Egypt: Morsi Regime Shaken by Massive Protests and Army Ultimatum

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose authoritarian misrule has provoked massive protests, is desperately clinging to power. Egypt has been roiled by nationwide demonstrations since Sunday, the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration. Protesters demanded that Morsi step down by today and called for early elections. Middle East expert Daniel Pipes has … More

    Turkish Protests Undermine Erdogan and His Foreign Policy

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has badly mishandled mushrooming protests, which could obstruct his political ambitions and constrain his latitude on foreign policy issues. The protests, which were initially triggered on May 28 by Erdogan’s plans to uproot trees in Gezi Park in Istanbul, quickly snowballed into nationwide anti-government … More