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    Free Trade Comes to Central Asia

    Heirs to the ancient traders of the Silk Road, rejoice! If all goes according to plan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2013, connecting the lonely highlands and steppes of Central Asia with the markets of the 157 WTO members. The accession of these … More

    Mongolia: Advancing the Rule of Law Key to Economic Success

    Mongolia continues to make strides toward economic freedom. The Economist recently predicted that Mongolia would have the second-fastest-growing economy in the world in 2013. Mongolia has been developing a modern and vibrant economy with a rapidly growing mining sector, which has generated double-digit growth rates for the country in recent … More

    U.S. and EU Should Take a Firm Stand for Rule of Law in Latin America

    In 2011, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez organized the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in 2011 specifically to serve as a regional body that excludes the U.S. and Canada—one that might someday supplant the Organization of American States (OAS). News that the next Latin leader to assume CELAC’s … More

    World Economic Forum: An Opportunity to Promote Economic Freedom

    Masters of the world’s economies are converging on the small resort town of Davos, Switzerland, this week for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). These “Davos M[e]n” include the world’s top business leaders, central bankers, and politicians. Aside from all the glad-handing, participants of the WEF will discuss some of … More

    Heritage In Focus: The 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    Policy Analyst and contributor to The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Economic Freedom Bryan Riley discusses what the Index of Economic Freedom is, how the United States stacks up, and what this means for our economy on Heritage in Focus. Jackie Anderson hosts. Download the MP3 file. To get regular … More

    President Reagan on Trade, Peace, and Prosperity

    As President Obama crafts his 2013 trade agenda, he should look to the words of Ronald Reagan for inspiration: Free trade serves the cause of economic progress, and it serves the cause of world peace. When governments get too involved in trade, economic costs increase and political disputes multiply. Peace … More

    Chile's Strong Economy: A Case of Positive Policy and Freedom

    Chile continues to lead Latin America in 2013 in both economic growth and economic freedom. These positive outcomes reflect well on the solid policy choices being implemented by the Chilean government of President Sebastián Piñera. Making it onto the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom’s list of top 10 freest countries … More

    Financial Freedom: The Solution to Ailing India Economy

    India’s consumers might have been jealous of King Midas’s touch. The country’s historical affinity for gold has reached new extremes thanks to a weak economy, a falling rupee, and poor financial alternatives. In the past year, India’s economy has been beleaguered by poor performance. Corruption, a lack of competitiveness, and … More

    Note to President Hollande: Investors Say "Oui" to Economic Freedom

    French President Francois Hollande and his marketing gurus are on the offensive with their “Say Oui to France” campaign, meant to convince investors that the French economy is worthy of their money. Among the selling points: France’s large population; thriving nuclear, aerospace, and chemical sectors; and good location. According to … More

    In the Intensive Care Ward: Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s Economy

    The failure of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to appear for what was to be his swearing-in for a fourth presidential term in Caracas on January 10 triggered greater doubts about his ability to ever assume his presidential duties. The true prognosis for Chavez is a secret known only to the doctors … More