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Combustible South Asia

by S. Paul Kapurvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The military relationship between Pakistan and India is a catastrophe waiting to happen.

The War Against Religious Liberty

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The ferocious attacks against Indiana’s law reveal how narrow-minded, militant, and intolerant ideologues really are. 

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Indiana, Discrimination, and Religious Liberty”

The Tipping Point In The Middle East

by Karim Haggagvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Israel is the region’s sole nuclear-weapon state. How will that affect proliferation and deterrence in the region?

Breeding Ground For Terrorism

by Francis Fukuyamavia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The failed states of West Africa and the Middle East have given rise to movements like ISIS and Boko Haram. 

Wanted: A Color-Blind Voting Rights Law

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 30, 2015

The Supreme Court’s latest decision will further polarize electoral politics at the state and national level.

The Western Rift Over Iran

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Europeans wants stricter terms in the nuclear negotiations than the Obama administration. 

The Future of NATO’s Nukes

by Isabelle Williams, Steven P. Andreasenvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What role should the weapons play in the alliance’s strategy of deterrence?

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Barack vs. Bibi

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 23, 2015

The President’s foreign policy toward Israel and Iran reveals, once again, the dangers of “leading from behind.” 

The Nuclear Dilemma

by James Goodbyvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The world's nuclear stockpiles are shrinking. But that doesn't mean the world is a safer place. 

Race Baiting And Ferguson

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 16, 2015

The Department of Justice has exonerated Darren Wilson but still blames racism for unrest in Ferguson. Why?

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Ferguson Revisited”


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