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    Iran’s Election: Little Hope for Change

    Iran’s theocratic dictatorship has gone to great lengths to shore up its crumbling domestic legitimacy with a facade of democratic process. But today’s presidential election will be a tightly controlled exercise in political choreography that offers little real choice for the long-suffering Iranian people and even less hope for meaningful … More

    The Danger of Defense Cuts: North Korea Just a Reminder

    Amidst increased sequestration cuts and North Korean threats of hostility, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed deep concern on Thursday over the increased danger that North Korea now poses requiring the U.S. to be prepared for “any eventuality.” Hagel’s concern is in agreement with Heritage Foundation expert Bruce Klingner, … More

    North Korea Threat: There Is No Substitute for a Strong U.S. Missile Defense

    Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the United States will shore up its missile defense system. Yet again, the Obama Administration is proving critics of its missile defense program correct. The U.S. will deploy additional 14 Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors in Alaska, deploy additional radar in Japan, … More

    North Korea Defies with Nuclear Test

    Pyongyang again disobeyed international efforts to rein in the recalcitrant regime by conducting its third nuclear test. North Korea announced it successfully conducted a test of a “miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously.” Coupled with its successful launch of a long-range missile in December 2012, … More

    What's Up with That North Korea Video?

    Is North Korea threatening to bomb the United States? That’s the question on people’s minds after that country released a strange video depicting a fiery America while the song “We Are the World” played in the background. Last night on Fox Business, Heritage’s Bruce Klingner—the former CIA chief in Korea—discussed … More

    VIDEO: Heritage's James Jay Carafano on the Israel-Hamas Conflict

    Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire agreement in Cairo today, bringing to a halt Operation Pillar of Defense. The ceasefire ends eight days of fighting in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel sent a strong message to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip by using … More

    Morning Bell: Why We Aren't Producing Enough Domestic Energy

    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney had a heated exchange about energy in the most recent debate. The President repeated his refrain that oil and gas production is the highest it has been in eight years, but Romney was right to point out that this was driven by production … More

    Russia Draws a Veil over Its Weapons Program

    On Wednesday, the Russian government said it will not seek to extend the Nunn–Lugar program after the program expires next year. The Nunn–Lugar program has been a useful tool for increasing transparency and reducing the likelihood of diversion of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in the countries of the former … More

    Changing the Definition of "All of the Above" Energy Policy

    The Heritage Foundation has been making the case against energy subsidies for years. This research eventually led to a letter written in March 2011 by our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, and signed by numerous other organizations calling for the dismantling of energy subsidies. Up until then, both Republicans … More

    President Obama’s False Premises on U.S. Unilateral Nuclear Reductions

    A recent op-ed by Representative Michael Turner (R–OH) draws attention to President Obama’s lack of clarity regarding his Nuclear Posture Review implementation study. Indeed, the study is about 11 months overdue. Despite this lack of clarity, it is apparent that the study will recommend further unilateral reductions to United States … More