Featuring Dov S. Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and Christopher A. Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by Kate Brannen, Senior Reporter, Foreign Policy.
In the new issue of Regulation, economist Pierre Lemieux argues that the recent oil price decline is at least partly the result of increased supply from the extraction of shale oil. The increased supply allows the economy to produce more goods, which benefits some people, if not all of them. Thus, contrary to some commentary in the press, cheaper oil prices cannot harm the economy as a whole.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring June Arunga, Inter-Region Economic Network, Nairobi, Kenya, and George Ayittey, Department of Economics, American University.
“Africa could be the best place on earth, but instead our best and brightest minds are leaving the continent in the millions.” So says June Arunga, a 22-year-old Kenyan law student who’s facing the same dilemma. Should she stay or should she go? To find an answer to that question, June embarked on a 5000-mile, six-week, soul-searching journey, traveling the length of Africa through Egypt, Sudan, Congo, Angola, Namibia and, finally, South Africa. Those six conflict-riven countries span the African continent and comprise “The Devil’s Footpath,” a new BBC documentary. Join us to see an excerpt from the film and hear Ms. Arunga expand on the importance of the rule of law and free markets in bringing about Africa’s renewal. Professor George Ayittey will provide insights from his own research and experiences in Africa.