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    Four Charts on How Economic Freedom Makes Your Life Better

    Political gridlock, the government shutdown, and Obamacare are making Americans gloomy. But, largely thanks to economic freedom and the free-market system, things aren’t so bad after all. Americans are currently healthier than at any time in history, live in cleaner environments than most of the world, and have access to … More

    China and Taiwan: Possible Storm Signals for Cross-Straits Relations Underscore Need to Provide for Taiwan’s Defense

    After several years of being relatively quiet, it would appear that the Taiwan Straits may be on the verge of becoming an epicenter of crisis once again. Two public statements highlight the potential return of tension to the region. First, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in a side meeting at the … More

    Senate Decisively Rejects U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The U.S. Senate responded decisively today to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signature on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Joe Manchin (D–WV), half of the Senate has officially pledged to oppose the ratification of the ATT. The … More

    Kenya Mall Attack Reminiscent of 2008 Mumbai Attacks

    Last month’s terrorist attacks at a shopping mall in Kenya brought back memories of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed nearly 170. The similarities between the attacks serve as a reminder that the U.S. needs to keep up its guard to prevent similar attacks on its soil. In November 2008, … More

    Venezuela Tries to Smuggle Cuban Agents into the U.S.

    Venezuela’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, recently attempted to smuggle a dozen Cuban agents into the United States. Traveling with Maduro to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the agents tried to pass themselves off as Venezuelan nationals. They were caught in France carrying fraudulent passports. … More

    Tweeting for Their Country: Diplomats and World Leaders Warm to Twitter

    Twitter is coming of age. Today, the social website will be offering its shares to the public, following in the somewhat faltering footsteps of its competitor Facebook. But this is not the only the reason the 140-character social website is making its mark. World leaders, from President Obama to Iranian … More

    Obama’s Lack of Leadership on Aid to Egypt

    U.S. policy on Egypt has drifted in recent months due to a lack of high-level attention, as the Obama Administration focused on Syria, Iran, Israeli–Palestinian peace talks, and the government shutdown. CNN reported yesterday that the Administration would soon announce a cutoff of aid to Egypt, but the White House … More

    Mixed Messaging Is Ineffective Foreign Policy

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United States culminated on Friday in the first conversation between the Iranian and American presidents in over three decades. With a new round of negotiations between United Nations Security Council members and Iran set to take place later this month, an important national … More

    Why Japan Should Reengineer Innovation

    The Japanese are good at innovation. It was their reengineering techniques that propelled them to a top world competitor in the 1980s. But since stagnation began 20 years ago, Japan’s skill of innovating is still only good. It needs to be great. Most economies can be categorized by four characteristics: … More

    Generating German Energy Poverty

    What began as a daring endeavor to bring Germans more renewable energy and wean the country off nuclear energy by 2022 has turned German energy into a luxury good. The project began in 2000 with the German Renewable Energy Act. During her reelection campaign this summer, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised … More