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.
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.
The Obama Administration’s Counterterrorism Policy at One Year
Featuring a keynote address by Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. Additional speakers include Clark Ervin, Director, Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program; Paul Pillar, Former CIA official now Professor and Director of Studies of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University; Michael German, Former FBI agent now serving as policy counsel on national security, immigration, and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union; Priscilla Lewis, Co-Director of the U.S. in the World Initiative; and Jacob Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Moderated by Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute and Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
The one-year anniversary of the Obama presidency is time for a review of the administration’s counterterrorism policies. What are those policies, and how well have they met the challenge of terrorism over the past year? Does the absence of a formal counterterrorism strategy leave the nation exposed? Should the administration produce such a strategy and a terrorism communications plan aimed at thwarting overreaction to any future attack? These key questions, and more, will be explored at a Cato Institute policy forum featuring counterterrorism and communications experts, followed by an address by Daniel Benjamin, a top Obama administration counterterrorism official.
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