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 Christopher Preble,Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute;
President-elect Obama rode to victory on a promise of change. But how is he likely to change U.S. national security policy, and will these changes make us more or less secure? Will Obama embrace a different counterterrorism strategy than his predecessor, and how quickly will he remove U.S. forces from Iraq? Is his planned expansion of the Army and Marine Corps a good idea? What other changes in military spending is Obama likely to support? And should the United States continue being the world’s policeman, or can we shed some burdens without reducing our security? Please join Cato scholars Christopher Preble and Benjamin Friedman to discuss how current policies fall short and how an alternative strategy of restraint can advance U.S. security at more reasonable costs.