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    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

    John Kerry Faces Tough Questions on U.S. Security Abroad

    Secretary of State John Kerry will be under scrutiny by the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m., testifying at a hearing entitled “Securing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget.” It could be a rough morning for the former Senator. HFAC Chairman Representative Ed … 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

    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

    U.N. General Assembly Adopts the Arms Trade Treaty

    This morning, by a vote of 154 nations in favor (including the United States), 23 abstentions, and three against (Syria, North Korea, and Iran), the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The treaty will be open for national signature on June 3, 2013, and will enter into … 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