Issue Brief posted April 10, 2015
North Korea Should Be Held Accountable for Persecuting Christians
In February 2014, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) confirmed the world’s worst fears: North Korea is guilty of crimes against humanity. In addition to the atrocities committed by the Kim regime, the report found that “there is no effective freedom of religious belief in the…
Issue Brief posted April 3, 2015
U.S. Should Not Stand By While Government in Burma Undermines Religious Liberty
Burma’s President Thein Sein has proposed four pieces of legislation that threaten the very fiber of Burma’s already halting democratic reform process. If passed, the Protection of Race and Religion bills would violate religious liberty and institute potentially severe population control measures. The U.S. should maintain its opposition to them.
Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015
The U.S. Needs to Respond to North Korea’s Latest Cyber Attack
On March 17, Seoul accused Pyongyang of conducting a series of cyber attacks against South Korean nuclear facilities in December 2014. South Korean prosecutors assert that North Korean hackers were responsible for repeated disclosures of information, including blueprints of South Korean nuclear reactors gleaned from cyber attacks, as well as threats to extort money and…
Backgrounder posted March 16, 2015
10 Objectives for the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a central piece of legislation for Congress each year. Not only has the NDAA been passed 53 years in a row, it is one of the last remaining bills that enjoys true bipartisan consensus. The annual legislation has been able to rise above the political fray in part because Congress understands the critical need to set defense…
Backgrounder posted February 26, 2015
Combating Human Trafficking in Asia Requires U.S. Leadership
Despite increased U.S. foreign policy attention over the past decade, human trafficking remains widespread and deeply entrenched in many Asian countries. The precise number of people being trafficked is difficult to estimate, but new studies suggest nearly 36 million victims worldwide. Of those 36 million, nearly two-thirds are from Asia. Total profits from worldwide…
Testimony posted February 24, 2015
The PLA’s Interest in Space Dominance
U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission
February 18, 2015
My name is Dean Cheng. I am the Senior Research Fellow for Chinese Political and Security Affairs at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.
Special Report posted February 10, 2015
Japan Needs Real Economic Reform
For four decades, Japan’s economic growth was the envy of the world. From 1950 to 1991, Japan averaged annual real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.8 percent, and recorded only a single year of economic contraction, in 1974. By the late 1980s, Japan had turned from postwar ruin into an affluent country with the second-largest economy in the world.