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.
The UN Deadline for a New Iraqi Government: Progress, Problems, and Prospects
Featuring Kenneth Allard, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.); Charles Peña, Cato Institute; John Hulsman, Heritage Foundation; and Donald Devine, ConservativeBattleline.com.
President Bush has asserted that the violence in Iraq should be seen as a sign of progress because it shows the desperation of those who oppose the U.S.-led occupation. He has also vowed that the United States will stay the course in Iraq. As we pass the UN Security Council deadline for the Iraqi Governing Council to present a timeline for drafting a constitution and holding elections, join us for a discussion of America’s progress in Iraq and prospects for the future. What are the military requirements for suppressing the insurgency? Do military requirements and larger political objectives conflict? Is Iraq any closer to self-government or democracy? How does the U.S. military presence in Iraq make America safer? What is the exit strategy?