Is the Doha Round Over? The WTO’s Negotiating Agenda for 2016 and Beyond

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) most recent Ministerial Conference took place last December in Nairobi, Kenya. Opinions vary on how much was achieved, and, perhaps more importantly, where the WTO goes from here. In a new paper, Cato scholar Simon Lester reviews the current WTO negotiating agenda and the Nairobi outcomes, discusses possibilities for new directions, and makes suggestions for the WTO going forward.

The 2016 Friedman Prize: Register Now to Attend

The Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, named in honor of perhaps the greatest champion of liberty in the 20th century, is presented every other year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to advance human freedom. Registrations are now being accepted for the 2016 Biennial Dinner, which will be held on May 25, 2016 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton will be delivering the keynote address.

President Clinton and the Chilean Model

In his January 1999 State of the Union address, President Clinton proposed “a new pension initiative for retirement security in the 21st century” – specifically, personal retirement accounts – inspired by the Chilean pension reform twenty years earlier.  In the new issue of Cato Policy Report, Cato scholar and architect of the Chilean model José Piñera recounts the remarkable story of the Clinton administration’s plans to add individual investment accounts to Social Security, and how those plans were derailed by the Lewinsky scandal.

Technologies Converge and Power Diffuses: The Evolution of Small, Smart, and Cheap Weapons

Dramatic improvements in robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), and nanoenergetics are dramatically changing the character of conflict in all domains. The convergence of these new and improving technologies is creating a massive increase in capabilities available to smaller and smaller political entities — extending even to the individual. In a new study, T. X. Hammes argues that this new diffusion of power has major implications for the conduct of warfare and national strategy.

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February 16

From “No Child” to “Every Student”: How Big a Change?

Featuring Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; David Cleary, Chief of Staff, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Majority Staff Director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Lindsey Burke, Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy, Heritage Foundation; and Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow, Brown Center on Education Policy Governance Studies, Brookings Institution.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium

February 18

The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect

Featuring the author Michael W. Doyle, Director, Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science, Columbia University; with comments by Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America; and Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Brad Stapleton, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium

Of Special Note

Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America

Ten years after the Supreme Court’s infamous eminent domain decision, Kelo v. New London, Timothy and Christina Sanderfur’s Cornerstone of Liberty examines how dozens of new developments in courtrooms and legislatures across the country have shifted the landscape of private property rights since 2005. Through a combination of real-life stories and solid legal analysis, the authors explain how key issues like eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, and environmental protection regulations have evolved and how they should be reformed.

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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.

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The Libertarian Mind Audiobook

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Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything

In Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, two environmental scientists with over a half century of experience between them explain the science and spin behind the headlines and come to a provocative conclusion: climate change is real, and partially man-made, but it is becoming obvious that far more warming has been forecast than is going to occur, and some of the catastrophic impacts can be shown to be implausible or impossible.

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