How Weakness and Inconsistency Allowed Crises to Develop in Ukraine and Venezuela

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Presidents Putin and Obama. Photo: Newscom

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The Obama administration’s flawed foreign policy strategy, which lacks both strength and consistency, has allowed major crises to develop in Ukraine and Venezuela, Heritage Foundation experts explain:

The Obama Doctrine has been a monumental failure because it fails to protect and advance U.S. interests. It is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan’s bold approach, which was based on powerful American leadership on the world stage, including a willingness to firmly stand up to America’s adversaries. Perhaps even worse, many of America’s traditional allies are questioning America’s resolve to transatlantic relations and NATO’s security guarantee.

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Honduras’ Leadership ‘Absolutely Loves Heritage’

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Heritage expert Ana Quintana poses with outgoing Honduran president Pepe Lobo.

Heritage expert Ana Quintana, right, poses with outgoing Honduran President Pepe Lobo.

To develop policies that advance America’s interests and promote freedom abroad, Heritage Foundation foreign policy experts maintain close contact with many foreign leaders.

Heritage Latin America expert Ana Quintana, for example, was invited by Honduras’ leaders to attend their presidential inauguration.

She attended the inauguration of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández this week, and had a chance to meet with the outgoing president, Pepe Lobo.

“The conservative party of Honduras is a strong supporter of Heritage,” Quintana reports from Tegucigalpa. “I’ve met more fans of Heritage down here than in some places in DC.”

Quintana recommends that the United States expand security cooperation with Honduras. She also urges Latin American governments to reduce government interventions in their economies; Honduras has slipped in the Index of Economic Freedom.

With Hugo Chávez Gone, What’s Next for Venezuela?

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The death this week of Venezuelan despot Hugo Chávez death this week, while not a surprise given his health, is still a big deal.

“Chávez’s death has far-reaching—and potentially dangerous—implications for the U.S. and the world, ” The Heritage Foundation’s Jessica Zuckerman explains.

Recent actions by interim president Nicolás Maduro “threaten to take a dangerous situation from bad to worse,” Zuckerman says, and could “spark strong anti-American violence in Venezuela like that seen throughout the Middle East late last year.” Maduro went so far as to blame the United States for Chávez’s illness. While plainly ridiculous, in Venezuela these remarks may be taken seriously.  Continue Reading »

America’s Next Overseas Opportunity May Be in Latin America

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Policymakers and the media have largely ignored Latin America in recent years, focusing instead on the Middle East and Asia. This oversight is misguided especially when considering the strong economic, political and geographic ties that connect us deeply with our southern neighbors.

Heritage Foundation experts James Roberts and Ray Walser write:

In 2013 and beyond, the second Obama Administration and Washington policymakers of all stripes should work to fashion a Western Hemisphere policy that advances U.S. national interests, promotes democratic and free-market values, and actively combats criminal and terrorist organizations.

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Wikipedia Relies on Heritage Research

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Wikipedia logoA key part of The Heritage Foundation’s mission is to help change the national debate on key issues. That’s why we aim to get our material into newspapers and magazines and our experts on the radio and TV.

Here’s one example of this work paying off: the Wikipedia page about the Obama Doctrine relies heavily on Heritage research and analysis. The entry on the collaborative encyclopedia cites three separate Heritage articles:

Tell us in the comments: where do you see Heritage materials referenced online or in the media?

Podcast: Ray Walser on Iran in Latin America

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Click here to listen to this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, in which Ray Walser discusses the influence of Iran in Latin America. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.

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Latin America’s ‘Gang of Five’ Votes Against Terrorism Resolution

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In late November, the U.N. General Assembly voted to approve a resolution condemning acts of violence against diplomats and calling on Iran to bring to justice those who attacked the British embassy in Tehran.

Astoundingly, nine member states voted against resolution A/RES/66/12. While 106 member states were quick to denounce violence and terrorism and vote for the resolution, these nine dissented, claiming that the condemnation of Iran is unjust without more evidence of its involvement in the plot.

Jen Gieselman, a member of Heritage’s Young Leaders Program, takes a closer look at who those nine members are:

Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Ecuador made up the majority of the nine member states that voted against the resolution. These five countries have more in common than identical votes: They are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of America, known by its Spanish initials as ALBA. ALBA was created to offer member countries alternatives to trading with the U.S. However, it is clear that this group is about more than economic policies. Over the years, ALBA nations have exhibited close ties to Iran, a fact only reinforced by the U.N. vote. Last year, the same five countries met in Tehran, where they officially condemned sanctions imposed on Iran.

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