John Kerry’s Honeymoon Tour

Newly-installed Secretary of State John Kerry recently returned from his first foreign trip, which was described as a “listening tour.”  During the eleven-day, nine-nation swing through Europe and the Middle East, Kerry got an earful about U.S. policy toward Syria, Egypt, and Iran, while signaling increased U.S. attention to Europe.  In a sense, Kerry’s honeymoon trip exhibited “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”

The Problem with Obama’s Egypt Policy

The Arab Spring brought a new reality to Egypt: a democratically elected Islamist government, and a population that found its voice.  Despite this seismic shift, U.S. policy toward Egypt is stuck in the framework of the Mubarak era.  The Obama administration’s perceived backing of the Muslim Brotherhood risks empowering forces that could yet prove hostile to U.S. interests while spurning the very reformers we profess to support.

The Rise of Syria’s Jihadists Co-authored by Yelena Altman

January 23rd will mark the one-year anniversary of the official establishment of Syria’s al-Nusra Front, also known as Jabhat Al-Nusra.  In just twelve months, al-Nusra has become one of the most visible revolutionary groups in Syria, as well as a major foreign policy problem for the U.S.  As the conflict in Syria continues, the U.S. must take a more active role in strengthening Syria’s moderates to ensure this jihadist group does not wreak havoc in a post-Assad Syria..

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