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The Libertarian Podcast – “Climate Change, China, and International Law”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Parsing the US-China agreement on carbon emissions.

Deterrence in the Drone Age

by Amy Zegartvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It is often argued that deterrent signals are more credible when they are costly, but that ignores the domestic political will necessary to sustain costly signaling. Drones offer a compelling deterrent option precisely because they are low in cost and thus more likely to be politically sustainable.

Managing the Cyber Security Threat

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The cyber threat is part of a transnational game, with low barriers of entry, increasing sophistication, increasing cost, and no prospect that any state will be victorious.  The U.S. needs to manage the risk by focusing on those aspects of cyber insecurity that relate to commerce and critical infrastructure, leaving traditional forms of intelligence and military activities unregulated; and by allowing private companies and individuals to use strong encryption or open source software without built-in vulnerabilities. 


by Coit Blackervia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Russia’s aggressive actions in the Ukraine are intended to signal to the West that there are limits to what Russia will accept in what it sees as aggressive Western action against Russia, even if Russia’s intervention comes at the cost of a split Ukraine. Ukraine will likely remain a frozen conflict, with the real issue being “for how long, and what cost, Putin will seek to impose his vision of the new Russia on the neighboring states of the region”.


Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:36)

interview with Henry I. Millervia John Batchelor Show
Monday, November 24, 2014

Hoover Fellow Henry Miller discusses the meaning of "sustainable" and "organic" on the John Batchelor Show.


Carbon Taxes: The Tax Interaction Effect

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, November 24, 2014

Robert P. Murphy, one of the economists who writes frequently for Econlib, has published a number of pieces on the "tax interaction effect." He has recently published another that is well worth reading. Before getting to his article, here's some background.

Other Media

Letter to the Editor: New Potato Advances Sustainability

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, November 20, 2014

The newly approved genetically engineered Innate brand potato varieties are quite remarkable (“Engineered Potato Gets Approval From USDA,” Business & Finance, Nov. 8).


Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Senior Fellow Richard Epstein discusses net neutrality on the John Batchelor Show.

Featured Commentary

Why Organic Isn't 'Sustainable'

by Henry I. Miller, Richard Cornettvia Forbes
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“Sustainable” has become a buzzword that is applicable not only to agriculture and energy production but to sectors as far afield as the building and textile industries. Some universities offer courses or even degrees in “sustainability.”

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The Libertarian Podcast – “Net Neutrality and the FCC”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Analyzing President Obama’s plan to regulate the internet.


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.