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    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

    Arab Spring Protests Underscore Urgent Need for Economic Reforms

    In Monday’s foreign policy debate, Governor Mitt Romney briefly mentioned the importance of economic reform in addressing some of the problems associated with the eruption of the “Arab Spring” uprisings. The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom confirmed that the lack of economic freedom was a major factor that … More

    Presidential Debate Revisits President Obama’s Apology Tour

    During Monday night’s presidential debate, President Obama provided some tough rhetoric when highlighting his foreign policy credentials. However, Governor Romney was quick to point out that Obama not too long ago traveled the world apologizing for U.S. leadership. Upon entering office in 2009, Obama sought atonement for the supposed sins … More

    Anti-Terrorism Operation in North Caucasus Exposes Russia's Vulnerabilities

    ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — The Kremlin’s control over the North Caucasus region has come under scrutiny as a massive counterterrorism operation in the area got underway. The latest counterterrorism operation took place in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and in some parts of Dagestan, Russian media reported Sunday. The National Anti-Terrorism … More

    Lebanon Simmers with Anti-Assad Rage

    Lebanon has been roiled by mounting political tensions in the wake of another assassination of a Lebanese leader that is widely blamed on the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Last Friday, a car bomb killed the intelligence chief of Lebanon’s internal security forces, Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, who was a … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze Final Presidential Debate

    Last night’s debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was supposed to focus on foreign policy. It turned into a wide-ranging conversation on everything from the Middle East to American teachers. Heritage Foundation experts were live blogging analysis throughout the night. Below are some highlights from their reactions. Join us … More

    Ignoring the Terrorist Threat Doesn't Make It Go Away

    Last week, President Obama joked to guests at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner in New York about the upcoming foreign policy debate: “Spoiler Alert: We got [Osama] bin Laden.” While this is indeed the highlight of the Administration’s foreign policy endeavors, President Obama’s failure to take a comprehensive approach to … More

    Debate Prep: The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Efforts to Stall Fighting in Syria for Muslim Holiday Implausible

    The efforts of United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to negotiate a ceasefire between the Syrian military and rebels for the Arab holiday Eid al-Adha are likely to be fruitless. Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) begins this year on October 26. While this holiday focuses on the prophet Abraham being … More

    Middle East Policy a Focal Point of Vice Presidential Debate

    The Middle East played a prominent part in the debate between Vice President Biden and Representative Paul Ryan, with sharp exchanges over issues related to Libya, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Ryan energetically lambasted the Obama Administration’s policies as naive and ineffective, while Biden maintained that Ryan proposed few clear alternatives. … More