Featuring Alex Kozinski, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
So many Americans are concerned with how “Washington isn’t listening to them,” and candidates like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are stoking that outrage. But maybe Washington isn’t listening because it is so big that only mobilized special interests have the resources and incentives to pay attention. Maybe big government will never really pay attention to the people. If this is so, then maybe people should stop trying to control each other so much.
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.
Featuring Rose Gottemoeller, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Rensselaer Lee, Foreign Policy Research Institute; and Charles Peña, Cato Institute
In February, President Bush and Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that the two countries would take measures to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism, including securing Russia’s nuclear facilities. Is it possible to secure nuclear weapons and materials to the so-called Fort Knox standard? If so, how and at what cost? What potential loopholes and vulnerabilities might still exist? What is the likelihood that we would be closing the barn door after some of the animals have already escaped? How does securing the potential supply of weapons affect the demand for them? Our experts will discuss progress made under the Nunn-Lugar cooperative threat reduction program and how the threat of nuclear terrorism might be prevented.