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Analysis and Commentary

Caracas And Cars, Energy And Democracy

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Driving up to the gas pump these days is not as frightening as it was just a year ago.  Prices are not down to my childhood 49 cents a gallon, but today's petrol has dropped significantly from the heart-stopping hundred dollar SUV fill-ups.

Foreign PolicyIn the News

Xi Jinping’s Trip to Latin America

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Xi Jinping’s 10-day trip to Latin America in July 2014 constitutes an important milestone in the development of China-Latin America relations, marking the first major visit to this increasingly important region for a top Chinese leader since the extensive trip taken by Hu Jintao in 2004.  

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Peregrine: “Immigration Reform and the Central American Surge” with Madeline Zavodny

interview with Madeline Zavodnyvia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How an influx of unexpected immigrants derailed reform efforts.

Peregrine: “Immigration Reform: What the Experts Say” with Timothy Kane

interview with Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Examining those policy solutions members of Hoover’s immigration group believe are essential to reform.

Analysis and Commentary

Michael Spence on Bloomberg TV

interview with Michael Spencevia Bloomberg Television
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael Spence discusses the Brazilian economy on Bloomberg TV

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Chess pieces
Analysis and Commentary

The Amoral Nature of the Pawn Strategy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, July 21, 2014

The humanitarian crisis on the border derived from four callous parties who used illegal immigrants as pawns for their own self-interested agendas.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Tranquility

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

Immigration
Analysis and Commentary

Exporting Guns and Gangs to Central America, and Importing Victims

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The balance of trade in misery is hard to measure. The United States is importing inordinate suffering with the increasing numbers of victims fleeing Central American violence. More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have recently entered the U.S. and sparked the latest immigration crisis.

Latino students in class
Analysis and Commentary

Border Crisis Is Unfair, But No Surprise

by Timothy Kanevia CNN.com
Friday, July 18, 2014

Watching the flood of immigrant children from Central America seeking, and gaining, entry into the United States, one is struck by the chaos at all levels. It is a crisis, but hardly a surprise.

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