Foreign Policy

North Korean uranium enrichment no surprise (Rep. Pete Hoekstra)

It’s not a surprise that North Korea was able to build a secret uranium enrichment plant considering they were able to help Syria construct a secret nuclear facility that went undetected for years. An unclassified report on North Korean nuclear proliferation issued by the House Intelligence committee in 2006 when I was chairman noted North Korea’s repeated covert enrichment efforts in spite of treaties dating back to the 1990s.

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Palestine at the UN: An alternative strategy

As Israeli-Palestinian negotiations lurch from crisis to crisis, Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders have been suggesting they may go to the United Nations to seek resolutions confirming the illegality of Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories and recognizing a reality of Palestinian statehood.

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The Lisbon Summit is a chance for nations to reaffirm commitments in Afghanistan

Tomorrow, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron join other NATO leaders in Lisbon for a Summit meeting that will define the future of the Alliance.

NATO has achieved some notable successes since the fall of the Berlin Wall: helping Eastern Europe to transition from communist dictatorship to democratic prosperity; underwriting peace in the Balkans; and sustaining a high intensity campaign in Afghanistan. But where does the Alliance go from here, in a world in which the threats – and the very concept of security - is rapidly changing?

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International security in a network world (British Foreign Secretary William Hague)

British Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered the following speech at Georgetown University today:

Good afternoon and thank you all for coming to hear me speak today. I am delighted to be back at Georgetown. It has been quite a few years since my last visit in 1982 at the tender age of 21, when I spoke in a debate about British policy in Northern Ireland. I am glad to say that that policy has since been successful, with a great deal of support from the United States. One of the reasons I was keen to come back was the very enjoyable weekend I spent here after the debate, about which I will only say that students at this University know how to have a very good time.

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New START: A missile-defense-friendly treaty

It is ironic that critics of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) use missile defense as an excuse to oppose Senate approval. In reality, New START has cleared the path for missile defense.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks on New START

SECRETARY CLINTON:  Hi, everybody.  Nice to be back in familiar surroundings.  Let me start by thanking the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for hosting a breakfast this morning with leadership from both the House and the Senate on some of the most critical national security issues facing our country.  And in particular, I want to thank both Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar for their outstanding leadership on the New START Treaty.  With their stewardship, this treaty is ready to be voted on by the United States Senate.  They have held a dozen hearings.  Other committees have held an additional half dozen.  They crafted a resolution of ratification, incorporating input from senators on both sides of the aisle and they were ultimately able to usher the treaty through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a strong, bipartisan vote of 14 to 4.

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Don't extend the timeline for withdrawing from Afghanistan (Rep. Lynn Woolsey)

About a year ago, the president of the United States quite clearly laid out a plan to begin redeploying troops out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. It was not soon enough for me, but it demonstrated at least the recognition that this could not go on forever and a commitment to do the right thing, the thing that the majority of Americans want, bring our troops home, was on the table.

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Failing to ratify New START has real consequences

When the Senate returns to complete their work for this session, they will undoubtedly have a lot on their plate. America's military leadership, however, has made clear that for them, scheduling a vote on the ratification of the New START arms reduction treaty with Russia should be a top priority.

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Arming the Kingdom

With the election behind us, and representatives still celebrating (or not) back in their home states, time is running out to affect a foreign policy matter that will have lasting implications on global stability for decades. On October 20th the White House sent details to the U.S. Congress of the largest arms sale in American history, which prompted the 30 calendar day countdown for Congress to object to it before it automatically goes through. This sale is a $60 billion package of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia. When the elected officials return to Washington on November 15th, they will have four days to act if they have an objection. While an outright objection is very unlikely, it would be unwise to let this arms deal sail through without serious oversight from the Congress.

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