Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America’s Global Role

America’s current foreign policy of maintaining a global military presence and intervening even when vital U.S. interests are not at stake is expensive, dangerous, and unnecessary. In a new policy guide, Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America’s Global Role, Cato Institute scholars offer a clear strategic vision and a set of foreign policy options that starkly contrast with the foreign policy platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

After Brexit: Charting a Course for the United Kingdom’s Trade Policy

Last month’s vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union gives control over trade policy back to British officials, who are now faced with the difficult task of creating new domestic institutions and formulating trade and other international economic policies. Two big questions are: (1) How free-trade oriented will the UK be? And (2) how will the UK approach trade negotiations with countries outside Europe? In a new paper, Cato scholar Simon Lester evaluates the UK’s options, and makes recommendations for how it should proceed.

25 Years of Reforms in Ex-Communist Countries

The transition from socialism to the market economy produced a divide between those who advocated rapid, or “big-bang” reforms, and those who advocated a gradual approach. More than 25 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, providing ample empirical data to test those approaches.  In a new study, Oleh Havrylyshyn, Xiaofan Meng, and Marian L. Tupy find that early and rapid reformers by far outperformed gradual reformers, both on economic measures such as GDP per capita and on social indicators such as the United Nations Human Development Index.

Options for Federal Privatization and Reform Lessons from Abroad

The American economy is sluggish, the government is running large deficits, and the public is frustrated with the poor performance of federal bureaucracies. One reform that can tackle all of these problems is privatizing federal businesses and assets.  In a new study, Cato scholar Chris Edwards discusses a dozen advantages of privatization and describes government activities that should be moved to the private sector.

Recent Commentary


August 1

The World According to Star Wars

Featuring the author Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School; with comments by Ilya Somin, Professor, George Mason University Law School; and Michael F. Cannon Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Aaron Ross Powell, Editor, Libertarianism.org and Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium

August 22

Welfare Reform Turns 20: Looking Back, Going Forward

Featuring Ron Haskins, Co-director, Brookings Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution; Heather Hahn, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute; Robert VerBruggen, Managing Editor, The American Conservative; Scott Winship, Walter B. Wriston Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress; Michael Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; William Voegeli, Senior Editor, Claremont Review of Books; Visiting Scholar, Henry Salvatori Center, Claremont McKenna College; LaDonna Pavetti, Vice President for Family Income Support Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

9:00AM to 12:45PM
Hayek Auditorium

Of Special Note

What Is Justice?

Political Philosophy: An Introductio

Political Philosophy: An Introduction is the latest in a series of self-paced, online guides from Libertariansism.org – a project of the Cato Institute. The goal of political philosophy is to determine the standards by which we judge different institutions good or bad, just or unjust. Political Philosophy is a primer on major theories of justice, arguments philosophers have made for and against them, and to how to be more thoughtful and rigorous in our own thinking. Guides – videos and accompanying text – are detailed at Libertarianism.org/Guides – and are also available through online retailers nationwide.

Special! 10 Copies for $10

Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

Now Available

The Libertarian Mind Audiobook

The Libertarian Mind, by David Boaz, longtime executive vice president of the Cato Institute, is the best available guide to the history, ideas, and growth of libertarianism, and is the ultimate resource for the current, burgeoning libertarian movement. This acclaimed book is now available as a fully unabridged audiobook, ready for immediate downloading, on Audible.com.

15th Annual Constitution Day

Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies is pleased to announce its symposium The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue, A Look at the October 2015 and 2016 Terms to celebrate Constitution Day and the publication of the 15th annual Cato Supreme Court Review. This annual event will be held at the Cato Institute on Thursday, September 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event includes four panel sessions from notable experts with multiple perspectives. Hon. Clint Bolick, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Arizona, will present the event’s B. Kenneth Simon Lecture on “State Constitutions: Freedom’s Frontier.”