Featured Events

November 1

Stalin’s Propaganda and Putin’s Information Wars

Stalin’s Propaganda and Putin’s Information Wars


Featuring Stephen Kotkin, John P. Birkelund ‘52 Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University, and Author, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler and Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment.

December 7

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.

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October 18

Coercive Plea Bargaining

Coercive Plea Bargaining

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has observed that “criminal justice today is for the most part a system of pleas, not a system of trials.”

Although nowhere mentioned in the text of the Constitution, plea bargaining has become the default mechanism for resolving criminal charges in the United States. Indeed, some 95 percent of criminal convictions today are obtained through plea bargains, which raises a number of serious concerns, including why so few people choose to exercise their hallowed and hard-won right to a jury trial. When one considers the many tools available to prosecutors to encourage defendants to accept plea offers, together with the incentive to resolve as many cases as efficiently as possible, one cannot help but ask how many plea agreements are truly voluntary and how many are the result of irresistible coercion. Are there constitutional or ethical limits on coercive plea bargaining, and if so, are they being properly enforced? And what should we make of an institution that has practically eliminated the criminal jury trial and with it the Framers’ painstaking efforts to ensure citizen participation in the administration of justice?

We will discuss these and other important questions raised by the evolution of plea bargaining within our justice system.

Past Events

November 9

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018

Featuring Dr. Steve Perry, Head of School & Founder of Capital Preparatory Schools; Tom W. Bell, Professor, Chapman University, and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Alex Nowrasteh, Senior Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; and Peter Goettler, President and CEO, Cato Institute.

November 2

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018 - Cancelled

Due to the labor dispute underway at Marriott properties in San Francisco, we have reluctantly decided to postpone the San Francisco Policy Perspectives event scheduled for Friday, November 2, at the St. Regis San Francisco.