The War on Terror

We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

– Senator John McCain, 2004

 

 

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As Algerians head to the polls for nationwide elections today, the country’s three-term president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is widely expected to win re-election. Under Bouteflika’s rule, Algeria has emerged as an important partner to the United States in the fight against al-Qaida affiliates in North Africa. However, analysts worry that if Bouteflika fails to pursue substantive economic and...
President Obama's visit to South Korea next week will highlight not only a critically important alliance, but also one of the greatest success stories of foreign aid in American history. South Korea, which once ranked among our aid recipients, is now a global partner that plans to increase its budget for foreign assistance by 11 percent this year. South Korea's success shows how U.S. foreign...
“There is a new Berlin Wall going through this country, and I hope it’s closer to Moscow.” The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry official who told me this in Kyiv last month was mourning the loss of the Crimean peninsula to Russia, which had invaded and annexed the territory just over a week earlier. But the Russians weren’t finished. At the time, the Ukrainian government suspected that there were...
April 17, 2014 | Europe | James Kirchick
In late 2011, I visited Kathmandu to look into the situation of Tibetan refugees. Nepal provides a home to a community of approximately 20,000 refugees who left Tibet after the 1959 departure of the Dalai Lama; in 1989, no longer willing to allow settlement by newly arrivals, it became a way station to Tibetan refugees on their way to India. The 1989 change in policy was made in response to...
At the beginning of this month, two prominent Hong Kong democracy advocates visited Washington to seek America’s support.Vice President Joseph Biden “dropped by” to meet Anson Chan, a former top civil servant under both the British and Chinese administrations, and Martin Lee, a distinguished barrister and founder of the territory’s democratic party.  The White House press office gave a brief...
FPI Policy Director Robert Zarate discussed the situation in Ukraine with Larry O'Connor on WMAL's Drive at Five.  You can listen to their discussion by pressing the Play button below. 
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April 15, 2014 |
Over the weekend, pro-Russian armed militants, apparently assisted by Russian military forces in unmarked uniforms, seized police stations and attacked other government buildings across six cities in eastern Ukraine.  General Philip M. Breedlove, who heads the U.S. military’s European Command and serves as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces in Europe, has reportedly warned U.S....
April 14, 2014 | Europe
The Obama administration has scheduled a deputies committee meeting this week—tentatively set for Tuesday—to resolve a bitter inter-agency dispute over a request from Russia with respect to the Open Skies program. Informed sources believe the White House is likely to side with the State Department, which wants to accommodate Russia, over the objections of the Obama administration's Defense...

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