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    Energy Exports: Free Trade for Me, but Not for Thee

    Some corporate interests are lining up to fight economic freedom in the United States by maintaining the government’s restrictions on energy exports. Their efforts are seen by some to be remarkably hypocritical—even by Washington, D.C.’s low standards. For example, oil refiner Valero fears that exporting U.S. crude oil could decrease … More

    Trade, Not Aid, Could Protect 100,000 Children in Africa

    President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget continues to put aside money for malaria prevention worldwide in the battle to help the 3 billion people at risk from the disease. Much of this money goes to sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 90 percent of all fatalities from Malaria. However, with responsible economic … More

    Why the Iron Lady Continues to Inspire

    Great Britain’s Iron Lady passed away a year ago today, on April 8, 2013. Her death, at the age of 87, left a huge void on the world stage, one that may never be filled. Margaret Thatcher was a political titan who transformed her home nation from the “sick man … More

    Liberty’s Champions from Hong Kong

    Anson Chan, the final Chief Secretary of Hong Kong under British rule and the first after the turnover to the Chinese, is a model of practicality and moderation. Martin Lee, founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, is the city’s revered, chief democratic activist. They came to Washington together last … More

    Tunisia: Time to Forge Economic Freedom Partnership

    Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa is currently visiting the United States on a trip designed to demonstrate “the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people.” He will meet with President Obama on April 4. The success of Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring, in moving toward … More

    In Peru, Trade—Not Aid—Works Best

    Peru Bosques, a $38 million project included in the Peru Trade Promotion Authority that was meant to help the Peruvian government write a new forestry law, has not fared well, according to a 2012 audit by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inspector general. At the time of the … More

    Don’t Wait to Cut U.S.-EU Tariffs

    The United States and the European Union (EU) are currently negotiating a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A recent survey by the Atlantic Council and the Bertelsmann Foundation of over 300 “stakeholders” who have an interest in the TTIP talks suggests a possible strategy to jumpstart the agreement. … More

    Congressional Skepticism of Aid to Afghanistan Grows as U.S. Troops Withdraw

    As the U.S. continues to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, possibly all of them by the end of the year, Members of Congress are increasingly doubtful about the efficacy of U.S. aid programs. “Afghanistan is the most corrupt country in the world,” Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R–UT), chairman of the House Oversight … More

    Indonesia: Elections an Opportunity for Improved Governance

    Upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Indonesia are heating up after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) announcement that Jakarta’s popular governor, Joko Widodo (known as “Jokowi”), will run for president. As the vastly favored candidate, Jokowi’s popularity offers promise for consolidation of democracy. Improvement in Indonesia’s democratic credentials … More

    Chile: Socialists Fire First Salvo at Pacific Alliance

    In office only a week, the new foreign minister of Chile, Heraldo Muñoz, is already signaling the intention of the government of Socialist president Michelle Batchelet to weaken the pro-free-market Pacific Alliance in favor of its more statist competitor, Mercosur. A move like this would seem to confirm rumors of … More