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    America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom: The Root of American Retreat

    America’s economic freedom and its leadership in international security are undeniably aligned. In his recent Wall Street Journal column, William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution asserted that the nation’s continuing jobless recovery has disheartened Americans from supporting a robust U.S. foreign policy: [O]ur political leaders cannot sustain the country’s … More

    Gallup: Americans View Obama as Less Respected

    Fewer Americans think President Obama is respected on the world stage, according to a new Gallup poll. It is not hard to see why. This President came into office on promises as outlandish as reversing climate change.  Abroad, expectations were so outsized that Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in … More

    The Obama Doctrine: The Not So Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    The state of U.S. foreign policy under President Obama resembles nothing so much as the mess surrounding Obamacare. This was the grim message of Thursday’s event at The Heritage Foundation. The event featured chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R–TX), followed by a panel of experts on … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting “Defunct”—Congress Finally Steps In

    Last Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) tackled an issue long overdue for congressional oversight—the state of affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The title of the HFAC hearing—“Broadcasting Board of Governors: An Agency ‘Defunct’”—came from none other than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The BBG … More

    Syria: Would the U.N. ATT Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels?

    Proponents of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) assert that the treaty prevents signatories from supporting not only the Syrian opposition but future rebellions against other totalitarian regimes. The Geneva Academy argues that the transfer of arms to a non-state actor “could amount to a violation” of the treaty. At … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Week Two: As the U.N. Talks, the Senate Acts

    At the United Nations, review continues of the latest draft of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that was unveiled on Friday. The temperature of the conference is notably lower now, and there is a renewed sense that Thursday is likely to bring agreement on a treaty. True, the Arabs and … More

    John Kerry’s First Foreign Trip: Not Exactly a Roaring Success

    Secretary of State John Kerry returns tomorrow to the United States after his first foreign trip as a member of the Obama Administration. It is probably with a sense of relief. Kerry did charm some of the European media (not exactly a difficult task) by showing off his language skills. … More

    Taiwan Needs Japan as Much as It Needs the U.S.

    Fostering the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is vital to U.S. relations with many of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and will prove profitable for U.S. security and economic interests. The Heritage Foundation recently hosted a discussion on the future of U.S. relations with Taiwan. Randy Schriver, former Deputy Secretary of State … More

    Kerry: Diplomacy Is Hard Work

    On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry took off on his first foreign trip of the capitals of Western Europe and the Arab world. The focus of the trip is the just-about-impossible task of creating international consensus on ending the civil war in Syria at a an international conference in … More

    Clinton and Kerry Play Musical Chairs with U.S. Foreign Policy, Benghazi

    Senator John Kerry (D–MA) has announced that he will bow out of chairing the expected Benghazi hearing featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 22. Given that President Obama has chosen Kerry to succeed Clinton, and given that Kerry’s own confirmation hearings might take place the following day, his … More