by Nile Gardiner, Theodore R. Bromund, James Phillips
The Heritage Foundation
January 15, 2014
The United States faces mounting challenges abroad in 2014. The Obama Administration’s “leading from behind” strategy has been a spectacular failure that has led to confusion among traditional U.S. allies while emboldening the enemies of freedom. The year 2013 was marked by declining U.S. leadership and a series of foreign policy follies, from the White House’s woeful handling of the Syria crisis and the illusory nuclear deal with Tehran to Washington’s ill-judged support for the short-lived Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. In 2014, the U.S. should be willing to stand up to those who threaten its interests while it stands with those who share its values and goals. Foremost among those values are the principles of sovereignty and self-determination, which must be as central to U.S. foreign policy as they are sacred to its system of government. Here are 2014’s top five foreign policy priorities.

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