Featured Events

September 12

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?
Following the controversial use of military vehicles and weapons by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama ordered a review of federal programs that facilitate the flow of weaponry from the Pentagon to local police departments. These military transfers raise a host of questions. Do the police need armored vehicles, M-16s, and grenade launchers to do their job effectively? Are the Pentagon programs adequately monitored? Should no-knock police raids be rare, or routine? Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of modern American policing.

October 15

The Transition from Communism 25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Lessons for Non-Free Societies

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, communist governments crumbled throughout the Soviet bloc. By late December 1991, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist. The pace of transition from communist dictatorship to democracy and market economics was uneven. Some countries experienced high rates of economic growth and rapid return to political freedom, while others remained stuck in poverty and authoritarianism. Which reforms worked and which did not? What were the pre-conditions for a successful transformation and what lessons can non-free societies learn from the experiences of former communist countries?

9:00 a.m.

Introduction

Marian L. Tupy
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

9:15–10:45 a.m.

Panel 1: Economic Transition In Ex-Communist Countries: What Have We Learned from Different Approaches To Reforms?

Moderator: Marian L. Tupy
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

Oleh Havrylyshyn
Department of Economics, George Washington University and University of Toronto

Peter Murrell
Mancur Olson Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland

Krassen Stanchev
Executive Director, Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Panel 2: Institutional Transition: Slow and Difficult, But Not Impossible

Moderator: Ian Vasquez
Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

Dalibor Rohac
Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

Andrei Illarionov
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute

Mikheil Saakashvili
Former President, Republic of Georgia

12:45 p.m.

Lunch

October 1

Rethinking Housing Bubbles: The Role of Household and Bank Balance Sheets in Modeling Economic Cycles

Balance sheet crises, in which the prices of widely held and highly leveraged assets collapse, pose distinctive economic challenges. In what promises to be a deeply insightful event, authors Vernon L. Smith and Steven D. Gjerstad will discuss their new book Rethinking Housing Bubbles. Their book examines causes and consequences, and with both authors’ well-known backgrounds in experimental economics, analyzes the events that led to and resulted from the recent U.S. housing bubble as a case study in the formation and propagation of balance sheet crises. The book also examines all previous downturns in the U.S. economy and documents substantive differences between the recurrent features of economic cycles and financial crises and the beliefs that public officials hold about them, especially within the Federal Reserve System. The book concludes with an examination of similar events in other countries and assesses alternative strategies to contain financial crises and to recover from them. Please join us for what promises to be a substantive, highly compelling discussion from two recognized authorities.

Past Events

September 18

Aftermath: The Unintended Consequences of Public Policies

Aftermath: The Unintended Consequences of Public Policies

Featuring the author Thomas E. Hall, Professor of Economics, Miami University of Ohio; with comments by Jason Kuznicki, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Patrick McLaughlin, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; moderated by John Samples, Vice President and Publisher, Cato Institute.

September 12

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?

Featuring David Kopel, Research Director, Independence Institute; Mark Lomax, Executive Director, National  Association of Tactical Officers; and Cheye Calvo, Mayor, Berwyn Heights, Maryland; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.