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Trump V. Big Tech

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 12, 2021

Does the First Amendment insulate all claims against private parties?

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Canada: America's Nearest Ally

via Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and former Canadian Ambassador to the US David MacNaughton discuss the U.S.-Canada relationship and its implications for trade, economics, security, and climate policy.

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Star Wars 2.0

by Barry Straussvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

In 1983 U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which was nicknamed by some as “Star Wars.” SDI was meant to protect the United States from intercontinental ballistic missiles by the use of defensive weapons on both earth and in space. Lasers would play a key role in the technology of destroying incoming missiles. The technology didn’t exist yet, but Reagan proposed that the nation devote itself to developing it.

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Philadelphia Freedom

interview with H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster revisits his introduction to Independence Day as a Philadelphia native.

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The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

via Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Yll Bajraktari and Anshu Roy in conversation with Amy Zegart on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.

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Unsalvageable Phenomena: A Doubter’s Guide To Middle Eastern Oil And US Foreign Policy

by Tristan Abbeyvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Does Middle East security really revolve around oil? According to this policy practitioner, doubts are accumulating about the “petrocentric” theory of the region's geopolitics, with anomalies that cannot be easily explained away by the conventional fixation on oil production. This essay draws on parallels from historical astronomy to suggest the time is ripe for a strategic revolution in the minds of American policy makers.


Fast Grants And The Economics Of Subsidizing Science

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

One of the great insights of modern growth theory -- Paul Romer's Nobel Prize -- is that ideas are the foundation of economic growth. Ideas are also "nonrivial." If you use my car, I can't use it, but if you use our family recipe for road-oil chocolate cake (yum), we can still enjoy it as much as ever. Once an idea has been had, economics says it should be used as widely as possible as soon as possible

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Taiwan: Time For A Real Discussion

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Strategika
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

There has been a spate of recent articles proffering when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will likely be capable of invading Taiwan. The prognostications are interesting but unhelpful as they distract from the reality of the range of coercive actions the PRC may impose on Taiwan and what could happen now as a result of the PRC increasing pressure and a related military accident or misstep in the vicinity of Taiwan.

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: The Post-Heart Attack Governor

interview with Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Monday, June 28, 2021

Should he survive a recall election later this year, would California Governor Gavin Newsom preside more cautiously, having survived the political near-death experience, or push even harder to the left?

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The Libertarian Podcast: Climate Change And The SEC

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Why is the Securities and Exchange Commission writing new rules about climate change?


Research Teams

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.