James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

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April 12, 2019, 9:52 AM EDT
President Donald J. Trump (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
May 1, 2018, 4:20 PM EDT
The Israeli government on Monday unloaded a massive intelligence data dump that demonstrated Iran’s efforts to hide its nuclear weapons program.
March 2, 2017, 9:47 AM EST
Foreign policy and defense experts have expressed concern.
January 30, 2017, 8:21 AM EST
It all started with making America safe.
June 29, 2016, 3:35 PM EDT
Remember when the secretary of Homeland Security declared “the border has never been stronger”?
June 13, 2016, 10:06 AM EDT
Obama's use of an act of terror to press a political agenda strikes of opportunism.
June 6, 2016, 10:41 AM EDT
In saving freedom’s future, the men and women who served in World War II justly earned the moniker the “greatest generation.”
April 27, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT
The presidential campaign more and more resembles Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The public and pundits are constantly being surprised on where the course turns next. Few would have predicted the list of candidates left standing as the parties turn towards their conventions.
April 22, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT
According to press reports, a man arrested as part of an Islamic State (ISIS) group in Minnesota claimed he wanted to setup a pipeline to funnel terrorists into the U.S. through Mexico. The story rekindles concerns over the security of our southern border.
April 6, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT
Recently there have been some who have questioned NATO’s importance in the 21st century.
March 28, 2016, 10:13 AM EDT
American defense officials have announced that a very senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader has been killed in a U.S. military operation.
March 23, 2016, 2:44 PM EDT
The first question security professionals around the world ask after a horrific terrorist attack is: What’s next? The second question is: How to stop it?
November 18, 2015, 4:40 PM EST
Following the horrific attacks in Paris last week, Americans are right to have real concerns about who might be next in the terrorists’ cross hairs.
November 17, 2015, 3:37 PM EST
The Washington Post reports a social networking site related to Daesh, the Islamist terrorist group in Syria-Iraq also known as ISIS, has released a video threatening a terrorist strike on Washington, D.C.
September 9, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT
The Pentagon cares as much about how money moves around the world as it does about the movement of arms. Small wonder the recent bobbling in Beijing’s economy has caught the armed services’ attention.
August 3, 2015, 11:36 AM EDT
The Vienna Agreement overseeing Iran’s nuclear program brought no joy to Tel Aviv. 
June 29, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT
Summer is scary. Sharks attack. Hurricanes harry us. Draught and heat exhaustion claim casualties. And, last year there was Ebola. And, Ebola could be back.
June 17, 2015, 4:19 PM EDT
Islamist terrorists are busier than ever trying to kill us. That’s a fact.
June 15, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT
Today, despite our multibillion-dollar investment, America’s military is not all that great. That was the finding of a two-year research effort by a team of analysts at The Heritage Foundation.
April 13, 2015, 2:51 PM EDT
Usually, domestic issues are front-and-center in presidential campaigns. Not so this year. From Islamist terror in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to the growing Iranian nuclear threat, foreign and national-security policy is the hot topic among White House aspirants.