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Obama’s Afghan Struggle

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 20, 2009

The administration will find that the “graveyard of empires” is not history’s idle boast

Michael Boskin

Obama’s Radicalism Is Killing the Dow

by Michael J. Boskinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 9, 2009

The illusion that Barack Obama will lead from the economic center has quickly come to an end. President Obama is returning to Jimmy Carter’s higher taxes and Bill Clinton’s draconian defense drawdown.

Ruth Wedgwood

What Do You Do with a Captured Pirate?

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Why has the West’s response to twenty-first-century piracy on the high seas been so anemic? In part it is logistic; in part, it is a purposeful deformation of the law.

Engaging Muslim Communities

by Zeyno Baranvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Islamism—not Islam—is a threat to democracy

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What Can America Do with China?

by David G. Victorvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For a start, rethink engagement on energy, security, and climate protection

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The Crisis of 2008: Lessons for and from Economics

by Daron Acemogluvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 5, 2009

Although it is too soon to tell how the second half of 2008 will be featured in history books, it certainly signifies a critical opportunity for the discipline of economics.

Terry M. Moe

Collective Bargaining and School Performance

by Terry M. Moevia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Teachers’ union power is heavily bound by politics

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The Employee Free Choice Act Is Unconstitutional

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 19, 2008

With the Employee Free Choice Act, unions and their backers seek to reverse seventy unbroken years of the National Labor Relations Act.

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The Past Must Not Be Prologue

by George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Energy is a large and critical component of the economy. Getting energy policy wrong and adopting unnecessarily costly, economically inefficient policies will negatively affect our standard of living.

Jack Goldsmith

Does Europe Believe in International Law?

by Jack Goldsmith, Eric Posnervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 25, 2008

American politicians frequently express their skepticism about international law, while European politicians loudly proclaim its central role in their value systems, even when they are defying it.


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