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Hit for Xi, miss for Obama at G-20

John Lee

Over the past week, Australia hosted the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Brisbane, and the public heard speeches from a number of leaders including thos...

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Never Waste a Crisis

Melanie Kirkpatrick

How was the city of Medellín transformed from the murder capital of South America into a thriving urban center? Escalators....

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Why Are There So Few Arrests for Marijuana Violations?

David W. Murray & John P. Walters

A common criticism of laws against marijuana use and/or possession is that there are a disproportionately large number of marijuana arrests. ...

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Pragmatic China Deal Proves Critics Wrong

John Lee

The free trade agreement with China is a significant achievement given overhyped fears that the Coalition’s security policies favouring deeper strat...

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A Reality Check for the China-Australia FTA

John Lee

The free trade agreement with China is generating real excitement. In the view of one source close to it, “China has sent a powerful signal that it ...

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Hagel Launches New U.S. Defense Initiatives to Address Old Problems

Richard Weitz

Hagel’s proposed overhaul of the Defense Department’s management of its nuclear weapons enterprise is long overdue....

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Letter from Jerusalem: The Horror of Tuesday's Synagogue Terror Attack

Lela Gilbert

Tuesday’s synagogue attack was a gruesome bloodbath, and like many other recent incidents, it involved the use of knives and meat cleavers....

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Another ObamaCare Deception

Tevi Troy

The American people are smart enough to see Mr. Gruber and the Affordable Care Act for what they are....

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Hacking the Ayatollahs

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Gabriel Schoenfeld on the lessons of Stuxnet...

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America's Future Path: Paved with Laws or Intentions?

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

The pathway paved with laws leads to a better future than the pathway paved with intentions, no matter how good....

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Susan Rice Must Go

Arthur Herman

Since taking the post in July 2013, Rice has presided over a record decline of American power and prestige, even by Obama-era standards....

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Keystone Consequences for the Future of Large Infrastructure Projects

Christopher Sands

The Keystone XL pipeline extension through the Great Plains states of the United States has not been approved by President Barack Obama yet, but it is...

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News Highlights (November 8-14)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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Caving to Iran

Lee Smith

It's not clear when (or whether) the Obama White House will conclude a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. The extended deadline for t...

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Europeans' Relationship to Obama

Naser Khader

In 2012 several European countries’ citizens were surveyed regarding their support for Obama’s re-election. The results were clear: the majority o...

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Kurdish Refugees Struggle to Survive as They Outrun Assad's Army and ISIS

Lela Gilbert

Standing in the muddy street in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ ramshackle Domiz Camp, we were visitors to another world. A young man who wo...

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China and the United States Are Preparing for War

Michael Pillsbury

At a Nov. 12 news conference in Beijing, General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to notify the othe...

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A Tribute To the Great Fouad Ajami

Samuel Tadros

Samuel Tadros joins Bill to discuss the state of US Middle East policy and pay tribute to the great Fouad Ajami and the release of his last book, “I...

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Barbarism 2014: On Religious Cleansing by Islamists

Nina Shea

In a brief, nationally televised announcement on August 7th regarding the Islamic State, which invaded the multicultural, northern Nineveh Province of...

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The Stubborn South: Why Seoul Needs to Mend Ties with Japan

John Lee

While South Korean President Park Geun-hye has conferred with Chinese President Xi Jinping five times since 2013, most recently during a June 2014 sum...

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Rebuild Gaza? Remove Its Rockets First

Lewis Libby & Hillel Fradkin

The Palestinians must declare and turn in rockets currently in Gaza, and commit that they will not smuggle more into the region....

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President Obama Attacks FCC's Independence

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

President Obama called on FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and the entire FCC to adopt the president’s vision of network neutrality. That vision calls for regula...

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Obama Must Be Strong in China

Michael Pillsbury

Obama could have one last chance to recalibrate relations with the Middle Kingdom to one that is more to America’s advantage....

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America Needs Shinzo Abe

Arthur Herman

This week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing presents President Barack Obama with an opportunity to break that cycle by bolstering ...

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Reforming Defense Export Controls Could Unite Obama, GOP Congress

Richard Weitz

In the aftermath of the U.S. midterm congressional elections, the Obama administration’s ability to work with the new Republican-majority Congress h...

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Xi Meets Abe With Awkward Handshake at APEC

John Lee

Hudson Institute's John Lee discusses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s long-sought meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC meeting...

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Will President Obama Back Down?

Robert M. McDowell

President Obama’s possible immigration action, and the reaction it’s provoked on the right, are threatening the GOP’s lame duck agenda. Chris Ha...

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News Highlights (November 1-7)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

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Why We Believe Marijuana is Dangerous

David W. Murray

There are currently two types of residual questions about marijuana. Some are genuine and understandable, given the difficulty in comprehending the un...

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New GOP Congress Changes Canada's Expectations, for the Better

Christopher Sands

The 2014 midterm election results have forced many people to recalculate expectations of what can be accomplished in Washington in the final two years...

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Why American Support for Kurdistan Could Soon Become a Matter of Life and Death

Lela Gilbert

Let’s hope our oft-myopic Western leadership doesn’t foolishly overlook Kurdistan while continuing to prop up Baghdad. Kurdistan is a natural ally in ...

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Now That He Has Lost the Senate, It’s Time for Obama To Seal His Deal With the Devil

Lee Smith

Being president of the United States is often described as the most powerful job in the world not because the president can remake America with the st...

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The Strategic Cost of South Korea’s Japan Bashing

John Lee

Over the weekend, North Korea launched a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles. Even though the North Koreans have yet to actually mount ...

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America Can't Afford to Be Lost in Space

Arthur Herman

It hasn't been a good week for America’s reputation as a leader in space. First there was the spectacular explosion of Orbital Sciences’s Antares...

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Russia and Its Nuclear Strategy

Kenneth R. Weinstein , Andrei A. Piontkovsky & William Schneider

What are Putin’s aims? What do these actions portend for the state of U.S. nuclear deterrence, arms control treaties, and the nuclear-free movement wh...

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Will Russia Make Nuclear Security Next Victim of Ukraine Crisis?

Richard Weitz

Russia’s decision to skip the first planning meeting for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) is an alarming sign that U.S.-Russia tensions over U...

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Ditching Israel, Embracing Iran

Lee Smith

To the administration, Israel isn’t worth the trouble its prime minister causes. As one anonymous Obama official put it to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg...

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Brazil's Bad Omens

Jaime Daremblum

It’s official: Dilma Rousseff is no Lula. The left-wing Brazilian president may have been reelected late last month, but she enjoys nowhere near the...

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Mythmaker: Review of "To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party"

Arthur Herman

America needs a good history of the Republican party; unfortunately, this isn’t it....

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The FCC Plays Russian Roulette with Network Neutrality

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

At its core, network neutrality is a struggle to see which, if any, federal agency has the legal authority to regulate the Internet. In the worst poss...

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Joining New Asian Bank Would Be a Better Way to Contain China’s Illegitimate Regional Ambitions

John Lee

In an episode of the popular political satire Yes Minister, permanent secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby explains to minister for administrative affairs J...

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News Highlights (October 25-31)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

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Le Réalisme Libéral de Henry Kissinger

Benjamin Haddad

De Talleyrand à Twitter en passant par les armes nucléaires ou l’histoire de la diplomatie chinoise, Henry Kissinger, Secrétaire d’Etat (1973-1...

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Turkey's Contempt for NATO Principles

Seth Cropsey

When John Churchill, later the first duke of Marlborough, led the Anglo-Dutch alliance against Louis XIV, he and his ally differed constantly over tac...

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Rupert Murdoch: For Television, Content Is King

Robert M. McDowell

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch’s comments on SKY, 20th Century Fox and Fox News....

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China Just Bit Apple -- and We Need to Bite Back

Arthur Herman

Apple announced last week that it’s been the target of the latest hacking outrage, after a series of devastating attacks on its iCloud server. Recall ...

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For U.S. and South Korea, Missile Defense Looms as Next Big Challenge

Richard Weitz

The first so-called 2+2 meeting of the U.S. and South Korean foreign and defense ministers since Park Geun-hye became South Korea’s president took p...

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Unconstrained Grand Strategy

Bryan McGrath

How grand is grand strategy? Frank Hoffman, a friend and WOTR contributing editor, wrote an article titled “Grand Strategy: The Fundamental Consider...

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Christopher DeMuth on Conversations with Bill Kristol

Christopher DeMuth

The latest episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol features political scientist and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute Christopher DeMuth....

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Destroying Pakistan

Nina Shea & Farahnaz Ispahani

Nina Shea and Farahnaz Ispahani on the persecution of Christians for "blasphemy"...

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Health Expert: Obama’s Ebola Response Has ‘Failed Public Health 101′

Tevi Troy

By providing inaccurate information early on, President Obama has “failed public health 101.” Panic can be spread when citizens lose faith that their ...

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The Rise of the Disrupters

Irwin M. Stelzer

No longer do innovators style themselves "entrepreneurs." Too French-effete sounding. Nor do these creators call themselves "capitalists." Too likely ...

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News Highlights (October 18-24)

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China's Rise is America's Opportunity

Thomas Moriarty

Since ISIL has captured America’s attention by its rapid conquest of much of Iraq and Syria, it has been the focus of American diplomacy, if America...

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Containing Ebola in NYC

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services, told CNBC in a "Squawk Box" interview on Friday that New York City is the mo...

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Will Political Unity Give Way to Opportunism after Ottawa Attacks?

Christopher Sands

For a place that is normally a forum for rancour and division, the House of Commons was all about common ground this week. In the wake of an armed at...

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Kurds, Christians and Barbarians at the Gate

Lela Gilbert

For nearly six months, the eyes of the world have been focused on the most bloodthirsty and openly barbaric group of Islamist radicals ever to bludgeo...

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The CNO is Wrong When He Says Seven Month Deployments are "Achievable and Sustainable"

Bryan McGrath

The Navy is fraying, and it is no longer simply around the edges. It is too small to meet the current demand from its two-hub construct, even as that ...

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Maryland's Purple Line Costs Exceed Benefits

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Based on claims of an increase in ridership of less than one percent 25 years from now, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) proposes that Maryla...

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El 'Affaire' Klinghoffer

Jaime Daremblum

Finalmente, el pasado lunes, la controversial obra de John Adams, La muerte de Klinghoffer , se presentó en el Metropolitan Opera de Nueva York, prime...

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Kerry Links Rise of ISIS With Failed Peace Talks

Lee Smith

Last week John Kerry’s peace process moved from its mannerist phase to something else—something very dangerous and destructive. At a State Departm...

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Waxman’s Net Neutrality Proposal Would Harm Businesses and Consumers

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently wrote the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to...

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Opinion: Ebola: Limiting Flights from Africa, at Last

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy on new travel restrictions for passengers flying from West Africa to the United States....

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Business Is Missing the Big Picture in Hong Kong

John Lee

When the 1906 earthquake led to the deaths of about 3,000 people and destroyed about four-fifths of San Francisco, the esteemed Journal of Commerce (a...

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Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS

Lee Smith

Teenage girls are the West’s center of gravity: Virtually all of Western pop culture, the key to our soft power, is tailored to the tastes of teenag...

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Ann Marlowe on The John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe on how radicalized Islam uses Facebook and Twitter....

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HK Authorities Continue to Play Waiting Game: Pro

John Lee

John Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, says authorities will prefer to wait out protesters and explains why the submission...

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Social Media in a Time of Terrorism

Ann Marlowe

In the debate about whether supporters of groups like Islamic State should be legally banned from social media, one argument runs that having material...

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Oil Prices Drop -- Who Wins and Who Loses?

Arthur Herman

The recent plunge in the global crude oil price down to near $85 a barrel — a 20 percent drop from June — has everyone talking, from Washington an...

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Chemical Weapons Regime Must Be Updated to Better Counter Terrorist Threat

Richard Weitz

A series of recent media reports have refocused attention on chemical weapons and highlighted the threat presented by their possible use by terrorists...

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Naval and Maritime Strategy

Bryan McGrath

Admiral Chris Parry (ret.) of the Royal United Services Institute, Bryan McGrath of Hudson’s Center for American Seapower, and Evan Montgomery of CS...

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Soft Power, Hard Choices

Aparna Pande

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously to fulfil expectations he has generated in various constituencies. Through h...

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Ebola Isn’t a Messaging Problem

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

Much public skepticism about the government’s response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video...

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America the Resilient

Irwin M. Stelzer

Oh, woe! Ebola has come to America and 150 people from infected countries are landing here every day. ISIS is battering the Kurds, to whom we have not...

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News Highlights (October 11-17)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

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A Constitutional Congress?

Christopher DeMuth

What difference will it make if the Republicans win the Senate and hold the House in November? The House can already block Democratic legislation Repu...

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Re-imagining Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Almost every discussion of Pakistan, especially in India, inevitably tends to be about the logic and raison d’etre of the country’s creation. The...

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Pakistan Is Sliding Toward Extremism

Farahnaz Ispahani & Nina Shea

The decision to award Malala Yousafzai the Nobel Peace Prize last week was a good one. After all, the 17 year-old, who was named a joint winner with a...

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Persecuted Christian: Will Pakistan's Asia Bibi Be Killed for Alleged Blasphemy?

Lela Gilbert

Amidst wars and rumors of wars, the eyes of the world have understandably fixed themselves on the Middle East. In Iraq and Syria, untold thousands ha...

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In the Middle East Everyone Has a Map of Their Own

Eric B. Brown

The state collapses and half-collapses of the 2011 Arab Spring revealed something that many regimes had been trying to keep hidden for decades: ...

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U.S., Japan Update Defense Guidelines to Expand Operations

Richard Weitz

On Oct. 8, after a year of intense effort, the Japanese and U.S. governments "released an interim progress report(The Interim Report on the Revision o...

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Broader Ebola Outbreak in US 'Inevitable'?

Tevi Troy

Former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy explains his ominous prediction...

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Countering the Domestic Ebola Threat

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

Until recently, the bulk of the Obama administration’s efforts in the fight against Ebola have been on the international front. The emergence of a s...

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China Tries to Blame US for Hong Kong Protests

Michael Pillsbury

A Chinese state-run newspaper’s claim that the United States is helping pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong is only partially inaccurate, a top fo...

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Ann Marlowe on the John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses the UN's response to the crisis in Libya on "The John Batchelor Show."...

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Gabriel Schoenfeld: A Risen in the Sun

Gabriel Schoenfeld

A campaign is under way to present New York Times reporter James Risen as a potential martyr in the cause of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom ...

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Appeasing Iran

Lee Smith

Last week Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to the U.N. General Assembly and the White House to warn against letting Iran become a nuclea...

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FCC Plans Stealth Internet Tax Increase

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

American politicians of all stripes clearly see and oppose the abuses of the Internet abroad. But our government officials are not aware that the Fede...

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An Energy Revolution in Our Midst

Irwin M. Stelzer

Anyone who doubts that the deployment of the technologies we have come to call fracking constitutes a revolution should consider this. U.S. oil produc...

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A Nobel Laureate and Beacon for a Troubled Nation

Husain Haqqani

A 17-year-old from Pakistan has become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize—awarded Friday to Malala Yousafzai, for her courage in ...

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News Highlights (October 4-10)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

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Malala Has Won the Nobel Peace Prize – and It’s about Time

Lela Gilbert

Just about a year ago, the Western world held its collective breath, hoping against hope to hear that the courageous young Pakistani teenager, Malala ...

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Rebirth and Regeneration?

Richard Weitz

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) like to boast that their organization is special. The Chinese, for example, refer to the SCO’...

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Hospital Erred With Ebola Patient

Tevi Troy

The first Ebola patient in the United States died because the hospital he went to initially released him when he should have been admitted, says forme...

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Former HHS Deputy Secretary: Ebola is Definitely Mutating

Tevi Troy

Former HHS Deputy Secretary Dr. Tevi Troy on the conflicting government procedures for dealing with the Ebola virus....

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From Attempted Murder in Denmark to Freedom in the Islamic State

Naser Khader

Lars Hedegaard responded to a knock at his front door in February, he saw a mailman waiting with a package delivery. What seemed to be a commonplace o...

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How Authoritarian States 'Win' Internationally

John Lee

The 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea (or South Korea) concluded over the weekend – not that you would know about it given the lack of ...

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Fighting Obamapolitik

Arthur Herman & John Yoo

A House and Senate unified under conservative leadership could use its own constitutional powers to begin to rebuild American influence....

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Many Variables to be Considered to Combat Ebola

Tevi Troy

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, joined Tevi Troy, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to discu...

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After Modi Visit, U.S. and India Must Put 'Natural Partnership' Into Practice

Richard Weitz

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to the United States last week garnered massive media and think tank attention during the month...

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