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June 22, 2006

Syria
Lasensky: Syrian Regime Cracks Down on Opposition

Scott Lasensky, who specializes in Syria and other Middle Eastern areas for the U.S. Institute of Peace, says Syria has mounted a major crackdown to try to silence the growing number of intellectuals…

December 14, 2005

Lebanon
Lasensky: Syria Clearly Acting As If It Has ‘Something to Hide’

Scott Lasensky, a Middle East specialist for the United States Institute of Peace, says pressure is mounting on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria overthe assassination of former Lebanese Pr…

August 23, 2019

South Korea
Japan-South Korea Tensions Are Eroding Security in Northeast Asia

The United States must protect the alliance architecture in Northeast Asia from internal threats, so that it will be prepared if and when external threats come its way.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with Japanese counterpart Taro Kono and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN and dialogue partners foreign ministers' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand August 2, 2019.

August 27, 2019

South Korea
Why the Japan-South Korea Dispute Just Got Worse

Seoul’s decision to abandon an important military intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo could hurt regional security and U.S. interests related to China and North Korea.

August 20, 2005

Israel
America At War: Israel, the U.S. and the Middle East

As the U.S. and coalition forces continue military strikes in Afghanistan, the military prepares for the next step which could involve ground troops. Meanwhile, tensions are escalating in the Middle …

July 24, 2019

South Korea
South Korea-Russia Air Incident: What to Know

South Korea fired warning shots at a Russian warplane after it violated Seoul’s airspace over disputed islands. Here’s what that means for the region.

September 20, 2019

Climate Change
UN Climate Summit: What to Know

Plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reach carbon neutrality, to be announced during the 2019 summit, could be an important milestone in the global fight against climate change.

September 13, 2019

Australia
The U.S.-Australia Alliance: What to Know

President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison’s close relationship is good news for the decades-old alliance.

August 28, 2015

United States
Scott Walker’s Foreign Policy Speech

Gov. Scott Walker gave a major foreign policy speech today at The Citadel, and it contained some points worth noting. I’ll skip over some of the rhetoric and the criticism of Clinton and Obama, which…

February 13, 2015

Education
Scott Walker's Risky College Experiment

Since 2000, the percent of state budgets devoted to higher education has fallen from 13 percent to 9.5 percent. This decline in funding has strained public university finances, reduced pay for many p…

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015 (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters).