Featured Events

December 7

Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

After years of quiet U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen, top officials in the Trump administration are finally talking about ending the conflict. But a lasting resolution to the war remains a distant prospect, and the Yemeni people continue to suffer under bombardment and blockade in one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory.

What are the facts in Yemen? Why has the United States abetted the Saudi war in Yemen for almost four years? And what is the role of Congress in checking the authority of the executive to get involved in distant conflicts? Please join us for a discussion of these topics.

November 28

The New Gulag Archipelago: How China “Reeducates” the Uyghurs and Why the World Should Be Alarmed

The New Gulag Archipelago: How China “Reeducates” the Uyghurs and Why the World Should Be Alarmed

The Uyghurs, a Turkic Muslim people who primarily live in Xinjiang, a northwestern region in China, have long suffered the repressive regime of the Chinese Communist Party. Since early 2017, however, a new wave of repression began, as Chinese authorities initiated a comprehensive “reeducation” program involving state propaganda, mass surveillance, and the internment of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in concentration camps. Using the handful of violent extremists among Uyghurs as a pretext, the Beijing government, as observed by international media and human rights organizations, has embarked on a crusade to erase the identity, religion, culture, and language of a minority.

This story is a major human rights crisis in itself, yet it also signals a broader threat to freedom in other parts of the world. In Xinjiang, Chinese authorities are testing their new products for social control, such as drones disguised as birds to surveil citizens and state-issued tracking devices on human bodies. This cutting-edge totalitarianism can easily be exported to other regimes around the world that are eager to spy on their citizens and persecute their dissidents.

January 15

The Return of Great Power Competition

The Trump administration has emphasized the reemergence of great power competition as the organizing principle for U.S. foreign policy. What scholarship should inform its understanding of how to compete with China and Russia? And how will international relations change in an era when new actors are challenging the status quo?

The history of great power politics can provide some clues. Over time, states have risen above rivals and fallen to new challengers—but the transitions have not always been disastrous, nor even violent. Some states have successfully managed their decline, while others have resorted to aggressive posturing, or even war, to try to maintain their status at all costs.

Join us as four distinguished scholars discuss their recent work on the history and future of great power relations.

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Past Events

December 14

2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Featuring Michael Glennon, Tufts University; Susan Hennessy, Brookings Institution & Lawfare; Andrew Ferguson, Clarke Law School, University of the District of Columbia; Heather West, Mozilla; Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Brennan Center; Jennifer Daskal, Washington College of Law, American University; Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast; Hannah Quay-de la Vallee, Center for Democracy and Technology.

December 7

Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

Featuring Rep. Ro Khanna, (D-CA); Caroline Dorminey, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Scott Paul, Humanitarian Policy Lead, Oxfam America; and Kate Kizer, Policy Director, Win without War; moderated by John Glaser, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

December 6

The Jones Act: Charting a New Course after a Century of Failure

Featuring Peter Goettler, President & CEO, Cato Institute; Daniel Griswold, Senior Research Fellow & Co-Director of Trade and Immigration, Mercatus Center; Manuel Reyes, Executive Vice-President/CEO, Puerto Rico Food Marketing, Industry and Distribution Chamber (MIDA); Bryan Riley, Director, Free Trade Initiative, National Taxpayers Union; Jennifer Danner Riccardi, Senior Trade Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; Ted Loch-Temzelides, Professor of Economics, Rice University; Rockford Weitz, Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach & Director, Maritime Studies Program, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Steve Ellis, Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense; Nick Loris, Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform, Heritage Foundation; Robert Quartel, CEO & Chairman, NTELX; Keliʻi Akina, President & CEO, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii; James W. Coleman, Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University; Thomas Grennes, Professor of Economics Emeritus, North Carolina State University; Michael Hansen, President, Hawaii Shippers Council; moderated by Colin Grabow, Policy Analyst, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Daniel J. Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Christopher A. Preble, Vice President, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; Inu Manak, Visiting Scholar, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute