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Offshore Balancing: Realism or Reality Check for Foreign Policy

January 15, 2016 Some have suggested that the United States ought to take a diminished role in international affairs. Specifically, they recommend that the U.S. should use offshore balancing and support a balance of power between competing countries in a region rather than directly applying American presence and influence. In theory, this would allow the U.S. to avoid the costs of large military deployments around the world. However, is delegation or disengagement a viable long-term strategy? Would offshore balancing be appropriate in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa? Read more

Planning for Korean Unification: What Is Seoul Doing?

December 11, 2015 South Korean President Park Geun-hye has made Korean unification a central tenet of her foreign policy strategy. More so than her predecessors, she has made reunification a tangible short-term, rather than esoteric long-term, objective. Despite repeated attempts at reconciliation, North Korea has rejected dialogue and criticizes President Park’s unification outreach as unrealistic, seeing them as a threat to regime stability. Despite her advocacy, President Park has not yet articulated the parameters of a unified Korea, how to overcome North Korean resistance, nor how she would achieve or pay for it. Read more

Law Enforcement Post-Ferguson: How Misinformation and Divisive Rhetoric Is Undermining Public Safety, Policing, and the Rule of Law

December 10, 2015 American law enforcement is under attack … and not just from the criminal element. Aggressive and hostile anti-police rhetoric, largely presented to the general public without context or perspective, is undermining public safety, damaging the institution of law enforcement, and threatening the rule of law. Read more

The Silk Road Renewed - From the Heart of Eurasia to the Heart of Europe: The 21st Century Transportation and Energy Outlook

December 9, 2015 12/9/2015 Read more

Strategic Consensus in the Indo-Pacific: A Security Partner Dialogue

December 8, 2015 The news cycle is full of stories testifying to aggressive Chinese maritime and other military or paramilitary activity, new sophisticated Chinese military capabilities, and hints of strategies that appear directly opposed to the collective interests of the U.S and its allies and security partners in the Indo-Pacific. Capitals in the region are seeking ways to effectively push back. Yet, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Taiwan, and all others in the region also have a stake in maintaining a relatively positive relationship with China, particularly in the area of economics. How do security establishments craft strategy in such an environment? Is there the prospect that they can reach consensus on how to address the challenge China is presenting them? Join us for a special full-day event where top officers and experts discuss these issues and attempt to chart the way forward. Read more

Understanding the Federal Footprint: A Citizen’s Online Guide to Government Land Control

December 8, 2015 The Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies own hundreds of millions of acres. These and other agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency not only have regulatory authority over these lands but also over vast amounts of private and state lands. Additionally, there are special federal environmental designations applicable to both government and private lands. Understanding the scope and scale of federal land ownership, lands subject to federal environmental regulations and special environmental designations is essential when considering environmental policies. The House Committee on Natural Resources has put together an online mapping tool to make this information more understandable and accessible. Read more

Racial Preferences Return to the Supreme Court: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

December 8, 2015 On December 9, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Abigail Fisher’s case against the University of Texas at Austin (UT). The school automatically admits Texas high schoolers who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. Other applicants are given a “holistic review,” which includes a preference for certain preferred racial minorities. Fisher – who is white and did not graduate in the top 10 percent – was denied admission to UT, and she sued the school for racial discrimination. This is the second time her case has reached the Supreme Court. In 2013, a majority of the justices ruled that the lower courts were too deferential to UT officials about whether their use of race met the constitutional standard of being narrowly tailored to advance a compelling state interest. On this second trip to the High Court, Fisher argues that the school still has not proven it needs to use race and also challenges UT’s new assertion that its racially discriminatory “holistic review” of applicants helps ensure “qualitative” diversity. Will these arguments hold up before the justices? Will they rule in Abigail Fisher’s favor? Join us as distinguished legal scholars address how the Court should rule. Read more

What Is the State of America’s Global Counterterrorism Campaign?

December 5, 2015 In 2011, The Heritage Foundation criticized the Obama Administration’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism as a document that “profoundly misreads the nature of the global transnational threat.” The Obama counterterrorism strategy treated terrorism as a law enforcement problem and relied on a “small footprint” strategy for overseas operations. According to Heritage’s analysis, implementing this counterterrorism strategy would result in a resurgent security threat as dangerous as that shortly after 9/11. Join us as a panel of experts revisits this critique and explores what the results from the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism strategy may imply for the next president. Read more

Muslim Voices Against the Islamic State and Islamist Extremism

December 4, 2015 Many have asked – Where are the Muslim voices that are not only against Islamist violence but also against the Islamist ideologies that fuel such extremism? This event featuring leading Muslim anti-Islamist public figures and reformers seeks to highlight such voices. Join us as our panel focuses on three issue areas most in need of attention – National security, counterterrorism, foreign policy; women’s and minority rights; and freedom of speech and religion. A battle of ideas around issues of terrorism has not often enough been engaged. The panelists will address the ideology of Islamism and ways of countering its influence. Read more

Thanks for Warriors for Civilization

November 27, 2015 Plus, Coach Eric Taylor schools us on proper mobile phone etiquette Read more

Thanksgiving 2015: Gratitude for Fathers

November 27, 2015 A meditation on gifts given by generous fathers Read more

Dr. Everett Piper: A Man Among Boys

November 26, 2015 'This is not a day care. This is a university!' Read more

Race, Anger, Despair, & Frustration

November 26, 2015 Confronting the dishonesty of our national conversation about race Read more

Cotton’s Unhinged Syria Policy

November 26, 2015 In place of a proxy war, Cotton would risk a major war with a nuclear-armed state. Read more

The Downing of the Russian Jet and the Folly of Intervention

November 26, 2015 This incident should be a sobering warning for everyone in the West that wants to impose a "no-fly zone" in Syria. Read more

Occidental College May Burn Self At Stake

November 25, 2015 Faculty goes on diversity witch-hunt, finds self Read more

Into What Should Muslims Integrate?

November 25, 2015 What do we mean when we ask followers of Islam to fit in? Read more

No Barbarians at the Gates of Paris

November 25, 2015 Niall Ferguson's flimsy comparison to ancient Rome ignores the fact that Europe is largely responsible for its own decline. Read more

Europe’s Mission in the Middle East

November 25, 2015 France, Germany, and other European countries should take the lead in fighting ISIS. Read more

World’s Best Cornbread Dressing

November 25, 2015 A staple from our Thanksgiving table Read more

Why Did Turkey Attack a Russian Plane?

November 25, 2015 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may want to derail the an alliance against ISIS—and thus weaken the Assad regime. Read more

The High School Roots of SJW

November 25, 2015 The 'Yale problem' starts with a coddling culture that warps the minds of teenagers Read more

Of Decadence, Catholicism, & Duck Confit

November 25, 2015 France is in a religious war with ISIS, and with secular liberalism. So are we Read more

A Terrified West Empowers ISIS

November 24, 2015 Hawks and media ascribe to our enemies in the Islamic State powers they do not remotely possess. Read more

Conservative Women's Network: Meghan Cox Gurdon on Reading Aloud to Children

November 21, 2015 Read more

Farming in Fear

November 20, 2015 "Farming in Fear" premiered at the prestigious Anthem Film Festival on July 11 in Las Vegas, where it captured two awards: Best Short Documentary and Audience Choice. Farming in Fear tells the story of Martha Boneta, a young, idealistic woman who fulfills her childhood dream of buying and operating a small organic farm; but actions by a web of connected groups and individuals threaten to put her out of business. Read more

Comeback: Fighting Poverty on the Frontlines

November 19, 2015 Join us for a screening of Comeback – a mini-series documentary that tells inspirational stories of triumph over poverty and adversity. The film follows the real-life stories of individuals in communities across the nation who have overcome drug addiction, incarceration, and poverty – and the heroic men and women who dedicate themselves to helping rebuild lives. Read more

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission – Next Steps for Military Personnel Reform

November 18, 2015 Unlike many commissions and panels, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) issued their final report in January and some of their major recommendations are already becoming law. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) carries much of their proposed reforms for military retirement. At the same time, many of the Commission’s recommendations on healthcare and other personnel issues have not yet been fully considered by Congress. Senior members of Congress have made it clear that the 2017 NDAA will be another opportunity to consider the defense reform proposals made by the MCRMC. Three of the MCRMC commissioners will discuss what they think about Congress’ efforts thus far, and what Congress should consider doing next. Read more

Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law

November 18, 2015 In Lawless, George Mason University law professor David E. Bernstein offers a scholarly and unsettling account of how the Obama Administration has undermined the Constitution and the rule of law. He documents how the President has presided over one constitutional debacle after another – from Obamacare to unauthorized wars in the Middle East to attempts to strip property owners, college students, religious groups, and conservative political activists of their rights, and more. Read more

Challenging the OECD PISA Analysis: Implications for Education Reform

November 17, 2015 Over the past 15 years, the education debate has become increasingly internationalized following the birth of the OECD’s PISA survey. PISA scores measure the skills and knowledge of students internationally and have become widely interpreted as a measure of countries’ education policy success. Policymakers in countries with lower PISA scores often look to countries that fare well on PISA for ideas to improve student performance. Read more

Degrees and Double-Standards: Scoring the College Scorecard

November 17, 2015 In September, the U.S. Department of Education introduced its new College Scorecard, touted as a resource for parents and students alike as they investigate U.S. colleges and universities searching for a higher education institution to meet their individual needs. Interestingly enough, such scorecards or rankings have been offered by the private sector for many years and in multiple formats. So why now is a federal government tool of this sort needed? Additionally, several well-regarded colleges are nowhere to be found in the data. Might parameters other than objectivity be hidden in the measurement models? What factors may or may not be included in the scorecard’s design? For consumers to make truly informed decisions they need to know they are receiving comprehensive data under clear and transparent standards. Read more

The Push for Fossil Fuel Divestment on College Campuses – Who Is It Hurting?

November 14, 2015 A movement has sprung up on many college campuses urging schools to divest their endowment funds of any companies that produce fossil fuels. The protesters argue we must dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuels used each year in order to prevent climate change. In their view, schools have a moral imperative to purge their portfolios of companies that produce such fuels. Read more

After the Elections: Evaluating Burma’s Democratic Future

November 13, 2015 The outcome of Burma’s November 8, 2015 elections will have implications for the future of democratic reforms. The U.S. government has failed to establish clear standards for electoral success in Burma. In fact, rather than asking Burma to meet free and fair election standards, the U.S. government has lowered the bar – asking only for transparent, credible, and inclusive elections. Read more

Decoding the Abrams Doctrine for Army Structure

November 11, 2015 The Abrams Doctrine is widely interpreted as an expression of General Creighton Abrams’s determination to maintain a clear linkage between the employment of the Army and the engagement of public support for military operations. Others interpret the Total Force policy as a means to maintain a sufficient force to meet the nation’s security needs without the costly burden of maintaining a large standing army. Whether the Abrams Doctrine was intended to serve as a tripwire for the presidential use of military power or was based on force structure needs alone is the subject of ongoing debate. Join us for a discussion on the impact of the Abrams Doctrine in the post-Vietnam era and its relevance in modern army force structure considerations. Read more

Beyond Acquisition and Personnel – Expanding the Defense Reform Conversation

November 10, 2015 Pentagon leaders and senior members of Congress have put defense reform on the agenda, but much of the debate has been limited to acquisition and personnel reform. While acquisition and personnel reform are vital, other parts of our national security infrastructure need to be reformed as well. This spirit of reform and innovation should be encouraged and embraced from the frontlines of combat to the halls of Congress and the White House Situation Room. This panel brings together a diverse group of national security professionals to talk about expanding the defense reform conversation beyond acquisition and personnel. Read more