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Hillary Clinton VS. Free Trade

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 22, 2015

Republicans and President Obama want an agreement that labor and environmental groups unwisely reject. 

Podcast: The Libertarian: “The Fight Over Free Trade”

Islam Through The Looking Glass

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Westerners fundamentally misunderstand the religion that motivates the jihadists. 

The Battle Over Jerusalem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 15, 2015

The Supreme Court weighs in on whether the President or Congress takes the lead in foreign policy. 

The Magna Carta At 800

by Allan H. Meltzer, Kenneth E. Scottvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 15, 2015

The revolutionary document forms the basis of American constitutional government and should be celebrated by all freedom loving people. 

Looting For "Justice"

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Let’s remember that the rule of law, not mob rule, determines whether justice has been done. 

Make Soccer More American

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 8, 2015

With the departure of Sepp Blatter, FIFA should look to hockey and basketball to reform its game.

Podcast: The Libertarian: “FIFA: What Went Wrong?”

Toward A National Security Strategy

by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 4, 2015

We need to consider what our institutions are capable of before declaring foreign policy goals. 

American Foreign Policy In Transition

by Stephen D. Krasnervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Since World War II, American hegemony has led to peace and prosperity for most of the world. Now, the international landscape is changing. 

Podcast: “The Future of American Global Leadership,” With Stephen D. Krasner

An Economics Lesson For Bernie Sanders

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 1, 2015

Limiting consumer choice, as he wishes to do, will hurt the very people he wants to help.  

Why America Needs International Agencies

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 28, 2015

These organizations, flawed though they may be, enhance international cooperation and can help solve international security problems.


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