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Analysis and Commentary

The Reality of Civil War

by Niall Fergusonvia Time Magazine
Monday, February 5, 2007

While supposedly waging a war on terrorism, in reality the U.S. today finds itself embroiled in multiple civil wars: Iraq, Afghanistan and now Somalia...

In the News

Milton Friedman and India

with Milton Friedmanvia Economic Times (India)
Friday, February 2, 2007

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, the legendary champion of economic freedom and the nemesis of Keynesian orthodoxy, strongly influenced the economic policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, the growing opposition to Communism within the eastern bloc, and more controversially Chile under Pinochet...

Analysis and Commentary

Micro health plans for macro benefit

by Scott W. Atlasvia Washington Times
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Democritus touted the goal of good health in the fifth century B.C., when he said that "without health, nothing is of any use, not money nor anything else" ("On Diet:)...

Analysis and Commentary

What Drives High Growth Rates?

by Michael Spencevia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

With China and India growing at high rates, there has been a dramatic increase in the fraction of the world's population experiencing the benefits and challenges of rapid growth...

In the News

Why India Needs School Vouchers

with Milton Friedmanvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, January 15, 2007

On India's Republic Day, January 26, the New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society will launch a campaign for school choice...

Michael Spence

Economic Growth In India and China

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Michael Spencevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 27, 2006

According to Michael Spence, “We are entering a period in which the two most populous countries in the world are the fastest-growing countries in the world—and the fastest-growing countries in the history of the world.” How have India and China done it, and what problems do they face as they seek to sustain this growth? What threats do these two economic powers pose to the United States, and what strategies should guide our relations with them? (37:01) Video transcript

Analysis and Commentary

God knows why faith is thriving

by Dinesh D’Souzavia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, October 22, 2006

A group of leading atheists is puzzled by the continued existence and vitality of religion

In the News

More Rubble, Less Trouble?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, October 22, 2006

There is a new narrative—compare the recent essay in the New York Times Magazine on the supposed resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan—namely that the United States is failing not only in Iraq to win hearts and minds, but also in Afghanistan…

Karachi, Pakistan
Analysis and Commentary

Some Sobering Thoughts on Pakistan's Future—and Ours

by Guity Nashatvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 29, 2004

We can help Pakistan achieve stability by discouraging policies that create unrest and encouraging policies that will benefit the struggling population.

India: Asia's Next Tiger?

via Analysis
Sunday, February 1, 1998

India, a rare democracy in the third world, is widely perceived to be a political success, despite its economic failures. India's poor choice of economic policies, however, has a political motivation. Getting elected has required targeting tangible spoils to an increasingly well-organized, but fractured, electorate. Political patronage was the stimulus for interventionist economic management, eventually producing massive fiscal deficits. When the danger of defaulting on foreign debt became a reality in 1991, the country's leadership began to reevaluate the flawed economic policies without considering the flawed system of governance that accompanied and sustained the policy matrix. Patronage politics spawned corruption; money, muscle, or influence propelled public services and government, making the system of public administration as incompatible with liberalism as the system of economic regulation. Political and administrative imperatives impelled the country to economic policies that failed. Economic reform will not be complete until the underlying administrative imperatives are transformed by accountable governance.

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