MASHBURN TO ADVISE SEC
Lydia Mashburn, the managing director of Cato’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, has been appointed to the Investor Advisory Committee at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The committee advises the SEC on its regulatory priorities, the regulation of securities products, trading strategies, fee structures, and other matters.
ASHFORD WINS "BEST PAPER"
Cato research fellow Emma Ashford’s article “Hegemonic Blackmail: Entrapment in Civil War Intervention,” which she published in the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, won the journal’s annual Best Paper Prize in April. Ashford’s paper focused on the aftermath of the Arab Spring to demonstrate how smaller states can use alliance ties to entangle their more powerful allies in intervention, as the United States was drawn into strategically dubious interventions in Libya, Syria, and elsewhere.