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Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapon Systems: Why a Ban Won’t Work and How the Laws of War Can

by Matthew Waxman, Kenneth Andersonvia Analysis
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Public debate is heating up over the future development of autonomous weapon systems and the merit and risks associated with their use in war. Grounded in a realistic assessment of technology, this essay outlines a practical alternative with which to evaluate the use of autonomous weaponry that incorporates codes of conduct based on traditional legal and ethical principles governing weapons and warfare.

A Statutory Framework for Next-Generation Terrorist Threats

by Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Monday, February 25, 2013

Since September 18, 2001, a joint resolution of Congress known as the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) has served as the primary legal foundation for the "war on terror." In this essay we explain why the AUMF is increasingly obsolete, why the nation will probably need a new legal foundation for next-generation terrorist threats, what the options are for this new legal foundation, and which option we think is best.

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Renewable and Distributed Power in California: Simplifying the regulatory maze — making the path for the future

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedor, Dian Grueneich, Cara Goldenbergvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Canadian Province of British Columbia was an early adopter of a broad-based, revenue-neutral carbon tax that directly recycles 100 percent of the revenue it generates; British Columbia now has four years of experience on implementation and revenue distribution. Australia, after years of discussion with stakeholders from across the economy, has designed and now recently implemented its own partially revenue-recycling carbon tax. Taken together, their policy choices help illustrate the spectrum of options, dynamics, and pitfalls that might be anticipated elsewhere. This essay examines these revenue-recycling carbon-pricing mechanisms to assess their approach and efficacy.

Emerging Threats

by Gabriella Blum, Shane Harris, Jeremy Rabkin, Paul Rosenzweigvia Analysis
Friday, June 1, 2012

This online series of essays grows out of the work of the Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law. The essays reflect the task force’s determination to seek out and publish thoughtful and timely writings by leading scholars, policy analysts, and journalists on emerging national security threats and the daunting legal challenges they present.

Endangered Virtues

by Peter Berkowitz, Russell Muirhead, Clifford Orwin, Harvey C. Mansfield, Diana Schaub, James W. Ceaser, William Damon, Gerard V. Bradley, Tod Lindbergvia Analysis
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Endangered Virtues essay series is an online volume, written by members of Hoover’s Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society that rests on several shared convictions: that the American constitutional tradition is a source of wisdom about the mutual dependence of liberty and virtue and the tension between them; that the tradition places primary responsibility for the cultivation of the virtues on which liberty depends not on government but on the institutions of civil society, particularly the family and faith but also on education, work, and civic life; that in recent decades and owing to a variety of causes—social, cultural, economic, and political—those virtues and the sources that sustain have been exposed to danger and are weakening; and that renewing the virtues and the sources that sustain them is an urgent task.

Future Challenges

by Peter Berkowitz, Benjamin Wittes, Tod Lindberg, Jessica Stern, Philip Bobbitt, Matthew Waxman, Jack Goldsmith, Kenneth Anderson, Amy Zegartvia Analysis
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Future Challenges essay series, a collaborative effort of Hoover’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law, is an online volume that explores a variety of emerging national security and law challenges, including the crafting of rules for the detention of unlawful enemy combatants, the proper orientation for the United States toward the International Criminal Court, the deradicalization of terrorists, application of the principle of proportionality to asymmetric warfare, developments in the war-powers doctrine, cyber-warfare, the search for and regulation of weapons of mass destruction, and the reform of Congressional oversight of intelligence.

“Trickle Down Theory” and “Tax Cuts for the Rich”

by Thomas Sowellvia Analysis
Monday, September 17, 2012

This essay unscrambles gross misconceptions that have made rational debates about tax policies virtually impossible for decades. Sowell articulates the true effects of tax cuts and corrects notions put forward by the media.

Why Government is the Problem, by Friedman, Milton, 1993.

by Milton Friedmanvia Analysis
Monday, February 1, 1993

Friedman discusses a government system that is no longer controlled by “we, the people.” Instead of Lincoln's government “of the people, by the people, and for the people," we now have a government” of the people, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats," including the elected representatives who have become bureaucrats.

A Health Care Plan for California

by John F. Cogan, George P. Shultzvia Analysis
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our objective is to make health care in California more affordable and more accessible. There is virtual universal access now, but it is carried out in emergency rooms, which take all comers. Such an undesirable method not only heavily burdens emergency rooms but means that many people wind up without care because they do not have an organized way of obtaining it.

The Iran Factor, the Sunni States, and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

by Robert Zelnickvia Analysis
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

When George H. W. Bush was contemplating the removal of Saddam Hussein following the Persian Gulf War of 1991, the Saudis and Egyptians advised him not to do so. It could lead to civil war in Iraq, they argued, which would weaken the country as a bulwark against Iranian expansion in the region. Coupled with intelligence reports predicting the overthrow of Saddam by humiliated military men, the administration decided to follow its allies’ advice. Saddam was spared, Bush lost his bid for reelection, and the United States under Bill Clinton maintained a policy termed “dual containment” – degrading Iraq’s military capabilities through sanctions and air strikes while keeping Iran in the disfavored category of state sponsors of terrorism.