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Japanese Divided on Democracy’s Success at Home, but Value Voice of the People

Though Japanese are split on their democracy’s performance, most endorse representative democracy and back referenda on major policy issues. ...
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Behold the New Emperor of China

Oct 16, 2017Chinese President Xi Jinping toasts during a reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) The script for the Party Congress hasn’t been revealed, but I am betting that Xi Jinping will not only be “re-elect...

Electricity Customers in 30 States Could Foot the Bill for Perry’s Coal Bailout

On September 29, 2017, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry announced a proposal to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants—a move that could raise utility bills in many states. Experts have responded to the proposal with ...

Trump Is the Reason the Constitution Has an Anti-Corruption Clause

The investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign’s involvement in the Russian attack on the U.S. election system has garnered significant attention. But, more quietly, another effort to limit foreign influence over our government continues apace. On Wednesday, a federal district court in New York will hear arguments in Citiz...

Europe’s Illusionaries

Europe's IllusionariesBashing the United States is no substitute for Europe’s strategic helplessness. ...

Altruism, community, and markets – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

This conference, cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, Duke University School of Law, and the University of Virginia School of Law, will bring together scholars in law, economics, public policy, and other disciplines to examine how altruism, commun...

Reforming international emergency food aid assistance: Remarks from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

US food aid programs play a crucial role in saving and improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Globally, the numbers of desperately poor refugees and displaced persons urgently needing aid are at near record levels. Are current US food aid policies delivering resources effectively and expediently to those most in need? Join AEI for a moderated discussion with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) on increasing the impact and efficiency o...

Rural poverty in America – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

Although conversations about poverty often focus on a distinctly urban context, recent books such as J. D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” (Harper, 2016) and pressing policy issues such as the opioid epidemic have encouraged policymakers and the public to reorient their understanding of poverty to include the struggles of impoverished rural populations. Low-income families in rural areas increasingly face high unemployment, labor-force detachment, f...

How to think: A survival guide for a world at odds – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

Our digital environment floods Americans’ daily lives with news updates, editorial commentaries, Facebook posts, tweets, and retweets — many of which carry strongly partisan messages and demand responses along yes or no lines. Without patient and careful thinking, many tend to follow the emotional flow of their digital neighborhoods, accentuating division and confusion. In today’s digital world, how can we discover, or rediscover, strategies and practices of good thinking? And ho...

FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

Last Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered a full throated defense of the Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) before an audience at the Heritage Foundation. He argued that “any change in the FBI’s use of 702 would severely inhibit our ability to keep the American people safe.” The sense of urgency stems from th...

‘New Skills Marketplace’ — Matthew Sigelman on Burning Glass and labor-market data – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Matthew Sigelman from Burning Glass Technologies. http://media.blubrry.com/aeipodcastchannel/p/media.blubrry.com/aeieve...

Trump must distinguish between the World Bank and the IMF – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

In his seeming eagerness to rein in the world’s multilateral lending agencies, one has to hope that President Trump has the wisdom to distinguish between the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Failing to do so could be a very costly mistake for both the United States and the world economy. The World Bank has become a bloated development agency that has largely outlived its primary purpose. By contrast, the IMF is an agency whose importance in resolving global finan...

Iran’s real foreign minister isn’t who you think it is – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

BAGHDAD — Ask any American intelligence analyst or military officer and they’ll tell you that Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Qods Force, is a terrorist. He’s responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and worked assiduously to destabilize Iraq in the wake of its liberation to signal to those across the region that American intervention was more a curse than blessing. Ask many Iranians about Soleimani and they will...

The international sand market, dictators, and criminals – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

Hun Sen, Cambodia’s current prime minister, has been in power since 1985. His government faces long-standing charges of corruption and political violence. He recently declared he will rule until 2027 and there is no reason not to believ...

Harvard demonstrates what’s wrong with universities in one single-minded panel – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

University professors often bristle at the suggestion that they are anything but fair and balanced. Conservatives, they say, can’t play the grievance card because even if professors trend liberal, all views are welcome on campus. Of course, in recent months, there have been a number of examples of violence greeting conservatives speaking on campus. Put aside Milo Yiannopoulos’ deliberate provocations. Serious and thoughtful scholars such as Charles Murray and Laura Kipnis h...

Blade Runner curse | In 60 seconds – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

Ridley Scott crafted his 1982 film “Blade Runner” with an atmosphere of paranoia about corporate power. But while it’s implied that the companies in the film would endure...

The New New Europe – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

When the four Visegrád countries were joining EU and NATO, hopes were running high for a reinvigoration both of the transatlantic partnership, and of sclerotic EU structures and institutions. Ten years later, instead of a new generation of forward-looking leaders, the region’s political debates are dominated by the likes of Viktor Orbán, Jarosław Kaczyński, or Miloš Zeman. Reforms in Central Europe have not only stalled, but some of the main achievements of the post-1989 era, including...

Modinomics is in trouble – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

When a naturally fiery orator like Narendra Modi turns to something as dull as PowerPoint to explain himself, you know he has a problem. That’s what Mr. Modi did recently in an hourlong address to an institute for company secretaries, amid growing doubts about the Indian prime minister’s vaunted skills as an economic administrator. Mr. Modi’s performance was characteristically confident, but also oddly bristly. He attacked critics who “take pleasure in spreading pessimism” as...

Racism becoming a dangerous tool in Kurdistan – FISA Section 702 renewal: The battle is joined

BAGHDAD — When I first visited Iraqi Kurdistan in September 2000, I found not only an unlikely success story, but people who had survived unimaginable horror but still retained remarkable tolerance toward those around them. Certainly, there was huge antipathy toward Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Baath Party (even though many top Kurdish officials ...

Altruism, community, and markets – ‘New Skills Marketplace’ — Matthew Sigelman on Burning Glass and labor-market data – AEI

This conference, cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, Duke University School of Law, and the University of Virginia School of Law, will bring together scholars in law, economics, public policy, and other disciplines to examine how altruism, commun...