Featuring Amir A. Nasr, Author, My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind—and Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin’s Press, 2013); with comments by Suad Ad., Researcher, Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
Not only did the Argentina seize $29.3 billion in pension savings but, since the private pension funds owned stock in a multitude of companies, the government also seized that stock and used it to appoint cronies to their boards.
American leaders have cooperated with regimes around the world that are, to varying degrees, repressive or corrupt. Such cooperation is said to serve the national interest. But these partnerships also contravene the nation’s commitments to democratic governance, civil liberties, and free markets. In Perilous Partners, authors Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent provide a strategy for resolving the ethical dilemmas between interests and values faced by Washington.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
Lessons from the Iraq War: Reconciling Liberty and Security
Featuring Nick Gillespie,Reason;Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland, Brookings Institution; Robert Higgs, Independent Institute; James Robbins,Nationalreview.com;John Mueller, Ohio State University; and Ted Galen Carpenter and Brink Lindsey, Cato Institute.
Was the Iraq War a just war or just a war? There is no unanimity. Many conservatives may have had doubts about the war, but few voiced their objections. The National Review and the Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, vigorously supported it. Liberals such as Howard Dean and Andrew Cockburn opposed the war, whereas liberal pundits Thomas Friedman and Christopher Hitchens supported it. These same differences of opinion affected libertarians. This conference will engage advocates of liberty in a discussion of the Iraq War to understand its implications for future foreign policy actions.