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    Morning Bell: Taking Terrorism and the Arab Spring Seriously

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama showed a stunning lack of reality on terrorism and the Arab Spring. The President’s statement saluting “the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk” unfortunately rings hollow when one considers the Administration’s treatment of the … More

    Qatar’s Growing Influence in Africa and the Middle East

    Qatar, a small peninsula off Saudi Arabia that’s the size of Connecticut, is a strong security partner to the United States on many issues, but its support for Islamist forces within many countries affected by the Arab Spring raises important questions. Last year, Qatar hosted Syrian opposition groups to discuss … More

    Responding to Rising Islamist Movements (VIDEO)

    Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) will deliver remarks Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation laying out his ideas for “Restoring the Founders’ Vision of Foreign Policy.” A major portion of that speech is likely to focus on how the U.S. should deal with the rise of Islamist political movements. The Obama Administration’s … More

    Egypt: Morsi Regime Rams Through New Egyptian Constitution

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi today signed into law Egypt’s new constitution, which his fractured opposition has denounced as a betrayal of the original democratic goals of the 2011 revolution against the Hosni Mubarak regime. The constitution was written by an Islamist-dominated assembly that pushed through a draft over the objections … More

    Will the "Day the World Shook" Be This Weekend?

    Quick—rush to Vegas and lay down a bet on this weekend’s headlines. Here is a short list of what we all might be talking about by Monday. Arab Spring Part II The president of Egypt showed his true colors last week—which look an awful lot like a Muslim Brotherhood banner—by … More

    Morning Bell: Egypt's President Moves Toward Dictatorship

    Egypt remains in turmoil after its president decreed last Thursday that he was no longer subject to the laws of his country—giving himself power over the judiciary and other branches of government. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made his lunge for power shortly after helping to broker a fragile ceasefire in … More

    Egyptian Opposition Pushes Back Against Morsi's Autocratic Ambitions

    Egypt has been rocked once again by a political crisis triggered by President Mohamed Morsi’s relentless efforts to secure dictatorial power. Hundreds of protesters from liberal and secular opposition groups demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the birthplace of Egypt’s stunted “Arab Spring” revolt. One barometer of the coming test of … More

    Egypt's New Pharaoh: President Morsi Grabs for Power

    Egypt was wracked by protests today, the day after President Mohamed Morsi purged key judicial officials and issued a decree that granted himself sweeping new powers. In Cairo, protesters gathered in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt’s stalled revolution, to denounce Morsi’s power grab and chant: “Morsi is Mubarak.” There … More

    Morning Bell: The Escalating Conflict Between Hamas and Israel

    Over the last four days, militants in Gaza have fired more than 840 rockets at Israel. Hamas rockets have reached the outskirts of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for the first time, thanks to the smuggling of Iranian rockets into Gaza. The increasing range and sophistication of Palestinian rockets has expanded the … More

    Bahrain and Kuwait Face Growing Internal Threats as Syrian Opposition Gathers in Qatar

    Three Arab kingdoms in the Persian Gulf region have been confronted with the destabilizing fallout of growing political tensions in recent days. On Monday, a series of bombings in Bahrain’s capital of Manama killed two men, an ominous sign that the struggle between the island nation’s predominantly Sunni ruling elite … More