Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is not just a framework for utopia,” 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.
NATO’s New Troubles: Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Future of the Alliance
Featuring Stanley Kober, Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emeritus, The Eisenhower Institute; Lawrence S. Kaplan, Emeritus Director of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies, Kent State University; Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow and Director of Research, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is facing a host of new challenges. In Afghanistan, NATO’s forces are being relentlessly attacked by the Taliban, and popular support for maintaining troops there is fading. The proposed deployment of antiballistic missiles, a potential flashpoint in Kosovo, and the growing tension between Russia and some of its neighbors all have the potential to divide members of the alliance. Meanwhile, NATO’s inability to deter a cyber attack that virtually paralyzed NATO member Estonia’s access to the Internet raises questions about the alliance’s ability to protect its newest members.
The panelists will discuss these and other challenges confronting NATO, offering their thoughts on the future of the alliance, and recommendations for U.S. policymakers.