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    America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom: The Root of American Retreat

    America’s economic freedom and its leadership in international security are undeniably aligned. In his recent Wall Street Journal column, William A. Galston of the Brookings Institution asserted that the nation’s continuing jobless recovery has disheartened Americans from supporting a robust U.S. foreign policy: [O]ur political leaders cannot sustain the country’s … More

    U.S. Can Influence Russia by Promoting Regional Free Trade

    The Obama Administration is currently considering political and economic options to counter Russia. One option should be obvious: free trade and economic freedom. By advancing U.S. trade interests in Russia’s sphere of influence the U.S. can promote economic freedom and mutually beneficial exchange while at the same time putting pressure … More

    Boehner Is Right to Call for Allowing Natural Gas Exports to Ukraine

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) rightly called for the immediate easing of restrictions against the export of U.S. natural gas to Ukraine this week. Currently, exporting natural gas to most countries requires a lengthy and arduous Department of Energy approval. In a statement the Speaker said: Ending this de facto … More

    IMF Package to Ukraine Should Include Real Economic Reforms

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials beat the U.S. to the punch this week, arriving to discuss economic aid to Ukraine one day earlier than U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. While Kerry promised $1 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S., the IMF is working on a $15 billion loan … More

    Ukrainians and Venezuelans Demand What Their Neighbors Have: Economic Freedom

    The images flashing around the world of courageous freedom fighters in the streets of Kyiv, Caracas, and other cities and towns in Ukraine and Venezuela are compelling. Why are these people risking their lives? For freedom, that’s why. And how do they know they don’t have it? Because they can … More

    The Protesters' Cry for Freedom

    The international scene in the past couple of weeks was supposed to be a smiling gathering of nations for the Olympics. That has been overshadowed by violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, where protesters are demanding leadership that would address their concerns of freedom, both personal and economic. Where is President … More

    Mamma Mia! Sweden’s Remarkable Rise in Economic Freedom

    A member of celebrated Swedish pop group ABBA recently made this confession about the group’s signature bell bottoms and platform heels: “[W]e looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.” It turns out that ABBA’s unique fashion choices were partially … More

    Spain: Get Economic Freedom Out of the Shadows

    Spain’s economy is finally pulling out of its recession, with growth accelerating from a standstill to a snail’s pace. This is a good sign for a country that has been in recession for nearly two years. But the official estimates of tepid growth in the formal economy are missing the … More

    Heritage Takes the Message of Economic Freedom to Ukraine

    The Heritage Foundation sought to bring a small measure of encouragement to Ukrainians this week as they continue their months-long protests for democratic and market reforms in the streets of Kyiv and throughout Ukraine. At a presentation sponsored by the U.S.–Ukraine Business Council and the Bleyzer Foundation on February 13, … More

    Success of Tunisia Matters to America

    On February 7, Tunisia, the birthplace of the “Arab Spring,” celebrated the adoption of a new constitution that has been hailed as one of the most progressive in the Middle East and North Africa region. Tunisia’s remarkable political turnaround, epitomized by the almost unanimous ratification of the constitution and the … More