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The "Moby Dick" Guide to Foreign Policy

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Herman Melville’s epic is a metaphor of and manual for American statecraft. 

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October Surprises, Foreign to the Election

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

And so a new month begins — and with it, only one more month on the calendar to flip before we arrive at Election Day.

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The Significance of Harold Koh’s Legal Defense of the Administration’s Interpretation of the 2001 AUMF

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Harold’s Koh’s grudging defense of the domestic legal basis for President’s Obama’s use of force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is important.  It adds little new to other defenses of the President’s position – a legal position, I have argued in past posts, is politically stupid and constitutionally imprudent but nonetheless legally defensible under Article II and the 2002 AUMF (but not the 2001 AUMF).

Featured Commentary

Lofty Rhetoric And Good Intentions Are Not Enough, Mr. President

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Taking a break from his exhausting schedule of rounds of golf and political fundraisers, last week President Obama gave several major speeches at the United Nations. He was characteristically disingenuous, but there was a kernel of wisdom among the chaff: “Lofty rhetoric and good intentions are not enough,” he said.

Featured Commentary

Across the Great Divide: New Perspectives on the Financial Crisis

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A year ago today, the Hoover Institution and the Brookings Institution held an unusual joint conference on the financial crisis, where twenty-four economists and legal scholars reexamined the crisis, its effect on the US economy, and possible policy reforms. The participants were spread between two venues: Hoover at Stanford and Brookings in Washington.

American Flags
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Pivotal Ark. Senate Race; Christie's Low N.J. Poll Numbers; Hoover's Overlooked Greatness

mentioning Herbert Hoovervia Real Clear Markets
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and baseball fans in Kansas City and its environs woke up this morning thinking, “Did I dream that last night?”

NAFTA at 20
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In NAFTA at 20, Boskin provides a unique perspective to the history and effectiveness of NAFTA

via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Hoover Institution Press today released NAFTA at 20, edited by Hoover senior fellow and renowned economist Michael Boskin.  NAFTA at 20 offers a unique compilation of perspectives from US, Canadian, and Mexican economists, historians, and policy makers of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and examines its conception, creation, outcomes so far, and future.

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Time Inconsistency in Tax Policy: A Colombian Case Study

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This discussion is related to the time inconsistency of optimal policy, which occurs when the government cannot implement an optimal tax policy because the stated policy is inconsistent with the government's incentives over time. Consider a proposal made by the government of Colombia in 2002.

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Why it Might Matter Whether the Islamic State Was AUMF-able Last Year

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In February, Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller wrote a story in the WP about how Al-Qaeda’s then-recent expulsion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, now Islamic State, or IS) raised questions about whether the AUMF “still applies” to ISIS. 

Mark Harrison discusses his research using the Lithuanian KGB records at the Hoo
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Forty Years On: What I Have Learned (Not!)

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Today's my last day as a full-time employee of the University of Warwick. I started in the autumn of 1974, so forty years ago. You might well think: It’s about time, too. That’s enough! I agree, so my departure is completely voluntary.

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