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    Elections in Argentina May Determine the Future of Democracy in the Nation

    On Sunday, Argentinians will go to the polls to select their candidates for the country’s upcoming legislative elections. Though it may seem trivial, the open primaries will in fact be the first step in an election that is likely to prove critical to the fate of democracy and freedom in … More

    As Commodities Prices Fall, Economic Freedom Should Rise

    New reports are hinting that an end to the decade-long run-up of the prices of commodities prices is here. For years, emerging markets such as China rapidly sucked up natural resources to fuel their hasty economic expansions, inflating the cost of commodities such as coal, iron, and oil. Meanwhile, resource-endowed … More

    Milton Friedman at 101: We Need His Ideas Now More Than Ever

    Today, on what would have been Milton Friedman’s 101st birthday, we celebrate the enduring insights of an economist and thinker whose ideas have served as the guiding light for visionary leaders around the world. The practical policies inspired by Friedman have allowed countless individuals to realize their dreams through participation … More

    Millennium Challenge Corporation Goes Off Course in Georgia

    The U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors recently approved a five-year, $140 million compact with the nation of Georgia “to increase the quality of human capital by investing in science and technology education and workforce development” with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)” and … More

    Dealing the Right Cards in Japan's Upper-House Shuffle

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took majority power in Japan’s upper house, giving his party majority control over both upper and lower houses. This presents an opportunity for the LDP to make the difficult changes necessary to turn its economy around and make it a … More

    Egypt: The Arab Spring 2.0

    The foundation for democratic governance is slowly, but steadily, starting to form in Egypt. The interim government was sworn in on July 16 and the constitutional review process has been announced, yet the Muslim Brotherhood continues to undermine stability and security in the country by inciting Egyptians to rise up … More

    Bangladesh: Keys to a Better Future

    “If there is any roadblock to us [moving Bangladesh to a better future], it is not the economy.… It is the political structure and the political leadership,” Dr. Ali Riaz, a professor at Illinois State University said at a recent event hosted by The Heritage Foundation. Bangladesh’s economic development, while … More

    Egypt: Egyptians Want Greater Economic Freedom Before Democracy

    For many ordinary Egyptians, fixing the economy is key. They are demanding a functioning economy that works under the rule of law. In fact, protesters have been demanding greater economic freedom, not necessarily greater democracy. Recognizing the critical distinction between these two cannot be overemphasized. In his thought-provoking chapter featured … More

    Young Africans Need Economic Freedom, Not Lectures About Climate Change

    Speaking to students during his recent trip to Africa, President Obama said that “if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over—unless we find new … More

    Egypt Protests: One Reason for the Unrest

    Although millions have marched again in the streets of Cairo in recent days, it is still uncertain whether the revived demonstrations will deliver much-needed economic and political reforms that the people have demanded. Yet the struggles in Egypt clearly highlight an important truth: Economic freedom matters. A stagnant domestic economy … More