“Big Ideas on a Little Stool” featuring Governor Rick Scott

Last Friday, Governor Rick Scott of Florida visited the American Action Forum and spent a few minutes in our studio sharing his Big Ideas on our Little Stool. He talked about his major economic policy initiative for 2015, the White House’s approach to ISIS and fighting terror, and… his favorite Florida theme park. Watch and RT here. Tweet, tweet – and stay tuned for the next installment of “Big Ideas on a Little Stool” – America’s biggest leaders sharing their big ideas with AAF.

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..

Gaza Crisis 2.0

Today’s crisis involving Israel and the Gaza Strip has much in common with a similar skirmish four years ago.  Dramatic changes in the region since then, however, complicate the picture and increase the stakes.


Both crises began with a spike in rocket attacks launched from Gaza into Israel.  Claiming credit for these terrorist attacks were not just resistance groups like the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but also the military wing of Hamas itself, whose political arm has run Gaza since 2007. 

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