Foreign and Defense Policy

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Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) sits down with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to discuss the security challenge China’s military modernization and expansion pose to the United States and its allies.

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus discusses the future of the Navy and Marine Corps with AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen.

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Members of the revolutionary guard attend the anniversary ceremony of Iran's Islamic Revolution at the Khomeini shrine in the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, February 1, 2012.

Washington should not underestimate how far Tehran will go to secure its interests in Baghdad, defend Damascus,  press Riyadh…or kick the United States out of the region.

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Colombian soldiers carry the weapons of comrades killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, April 15, 2015. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels on Wednesday after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.  REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga - RTR4XIFR

Escalating violence between government troops and the FARC casts doubt on ongoing peace negotiations in Colombia.

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara May 7, 2013.

I once tried to plot against Erdoğan. Alas, my telekinesis was no match for Erdoğan’s all-knowing perception of reality.

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Rohingya migrants, who arrived in Indonesia this week by boat, listen to government and non-governmental representatives speak at a temporary shelter in Aceh Timur regency, near Langsa in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 24, 2015. Reuters

There is no easy solution in sight for Asia’s newest boat people. The lack of an effective political community in the region only ensures that their suffering will continue.

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As we look for savings across the entire federal budget, it is critical that we recognize intelligence as a force multiplier, meaning that a relatively smaller investment in intelligence can help compensate for larger cuts elsewhere.

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The last thing we need in an increasingly threatening world is to disadvantage ourselves while other nations enhance their own export-credit programs.

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The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian is pictured here with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, pictured together on June 10, 2014. Photo courtesy of Rezaian's Twitter account.

Jason Rezaian is a canary in the coal mine.

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Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis delivers a speech during The Economist conference on "Europe: The comeback, Greece: How resilient?" in Athens May 14, 2015. Reuters

Changing course in Greece will require the maturity, resolve, and courage to tell Greek voters the truth — and to do the right thing for their country.

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter publicly criticized the Iraqi military and their handling of the situation in Ramadi. Both the United States and Iraq are attempting to regain control of the key city.

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Bluntly put, if the government’s economic policy grades do not quickly improve its foreign policy grades will suffer too.

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