Featured Events

August 6

The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

Next week marks the one-year anniversary of the start of America’s War with ISIS. But after 12 months and more than 5,000 airstrikes—and with some 3,500 U.S. soldiers on the ground—Congress has yet to hold a vote on authorization for our latest Middle East war.

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) calls this situation “inexcusable.” He has been a leader in the effort to get Congress to live up to the most solemn responsibility with which the Constitution entrusts it. “How much longer will we allow war to be waged without Congress even being willing to have a debate about the strategy and scope of the mission?” he asked from the Senate floor recently. “How much longer will we keep asking service members to risk their lives without Congress doing the basic job” of taking an up-or-down vote on the war?

Join us on August 6 as we discuss the dangerous growth of executive war powers and how Congress can reclaim its constitutional prerogatives over war and peace.

October 2

Fifty Years after Reform: The Successes, Failures, and the Lessons from the Immigration Act of 1965

On October 3rd, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Immigration Act of 1965 into law. Widely viewed as a component of the Civil Rights Movement, the 1965 Act liberalized immigration and replaced the last eugenics-inspired portions of the Immigration Act of 1924. For the first time in generations, immigrants from Western Europe were not given legal preference over those from Asia and the rest of the developing world.

This special conference, commemorating the passage of this landmark law 50 years ago, will bring together leading researchers, journalists, and policymakers to examine the effects of the law’s legal reforms and how they can help guide Americans in reforming our immigration system today. Major topics that will be covered include:

  • How the Immigration Act of 1965 affected the demographics and economy of the United States
  • Lessons learned from the 1965 Act since its implementation
  • How these lessons inform discussions of immigration reform in the 21st century

Please join our distinguished speakers on Friday, October 2, to discuss these and related issues.

Further details – including panel times, topic details, and additional speakers—will be posted soon.

August 14

India Awakes

India Awakes
For many centuries, only the politically connected and elite prospered in India, while the rest of the population lived in poverty. Since 1991, however, 250 million people have been lifted out of poverty and are finding new ways of unlocking their potential. India Awakes explores an inherited British bureaucracy, which created layers of rules and regulations, and it shows how globalization and economic liberalization are leading to social change. Join us to see a segment of the documentary from the Free to Choose Network. Film host Johan Norberg will discuss how individuals from different parts of India are breaking down the centuries-old caste system through new opportunities, entrepreneurship, and by obtaining property and other legal rights.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #IndiaAwakes. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

Past Events

September 2

Race, Housing, and Education

Featuring Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Bartley Danielsen, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute.

August 19

Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Featuring a presentation and live discussion with Justin Logan, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Director of Multimedia.

August 14

India Awakes

India Awakes

Featuring Johan Norberg, Film host and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.