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Analysis and Commentary

My Response To Scott Sumner

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, May 26, 2016

I'm still scratching my head at co-blogger Scott Sumner's recent post titled "You're not special." It seems like a combination of extreme subjectivism, denial of subjectivism, putting his thumb on the obvious, and argument from authority. 


Is The Obama Administration Changing Its Strategy In Afghanistan?

by Kori Schakevia National Review
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, is dead. As he was returning from Iran, his car was hit by a missile fired from an American military drone in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.


Our Turbulent Times: Niall Ferguson On Trump, Brexit And ISIS

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Australian
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discussess Brexit, ISIS, and Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "When the Cat's Away" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, May 20, 2016

Tamara and Susan are both away, so Shane and I were on our own for this week's episode. The result? Scotch at noon, of course. An EgyptAir jet crashes en route from Paris to Cairo, immediately sparking fears of terrorism.


The New JASTA Is Still Harmful Congressional Shirking

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Steve Vladeck followed up his excellent analysis of an earlier version of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) with an excellent analysis of the different version of JASTA that passed the Senate earlier this week. The Bill that passed the Senate was indeed different than the one being considered a few weeks ago.


How Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy De-Stabilized The World

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 19, 2016

In 1939, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier warned Adolf Hitler that if the Third Reich invaded Poland, a European war would follow. Both leaders insisted that they meant it. 

In the News

Learning From Mistakes: Lessons For Obama From Israel

quoting Josef Joffevia National Interest
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

As we approach the end of the Obama administration, we may look back over the past eight years, which has been responsible for more foreign policy debacles and misguided presidential decision making, especially in the Middle East, than we have seen in previous administrations.

In the News

Bold Anti-Nuke Campaign Will Benefit Canada At UN

mentioning George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunnvia TheStar.com
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

If we want a seat on the UN Security Council, showing leadership in disarmament is a winning strategy.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution
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Defense Policy Challenges for the Next President

via Hoover Institution
Friday, May 6, 2016

In this informative briefing, Kori Schake discusses the evolving threats to US interests that are waiting for the next presidential administration.

Analysis and Commentary

Leif Wenar On Blood Oil

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 16, 2016

Should the United States allow its citizens to buy oil from countries run by bad men? Is this a case where morality trumps the usual case for free trade?