Commentary

All Research

Waxman’s Net Neutrality Proposal Would Harm Businesses and Consumers

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently wrote the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to...

Continue Reading

Business Is Missing the Big Picture in Hong Kong

John Lee

When the 1906 earthquake led to the deaths of about 3,000 people and destroyed about four-fifths of San Francisco, the esteemed Journal of Commerce (a...

Continue Reading

Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS

Lee Smith

Teenage girls are the West’s center of gravity: Virtually all of Western pop culture, the key to our soft power, is tailored to the tastes of teenag...

Continue Reading

HK Authorities Continue to Play Waiting Game: Pro

John Lee

John Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, says authorities will prefer to wait out protesters and explains why the submission...

Watch Now

Social Media in a Time of Terrorism

Ann Marlowe

In the debate about whether supporters of groups like Islamic State should be legally banned from social media, one argument runs that having material...

Continue Reading

Oil Prices Drop -- Who Wins and Who Loses?

Arthur Herman

The recent plunge in the global crude oil price down to near $85 a barrel — a 20 percent drop from June — has everyone talking, from Washington an...

Continue Reading

Chemical Weapons Regime Must Be Updated to Better Counter Terrorist Threat

Richard Weitz

A series of recent media reports have refocused attention on chemical weapons and highlighted the threat presented by their possible use by terrorists...

Continue Reading

Naval and Maritime Strategy

Bryan McGrath

Admiral Chris Parry (ret.) of the Royal United Services Institute, Bryan McGrath of Hudson’s Center for American Seapower, and Evan Montgomery of CS...

Watch Now

Soft Power, Hard Choices

Aparna Pande

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously to fulfil expectations he has generated in various constituencies. Through h...

Continue Reading

Ebola Isn’t a Messaging Problem

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

Much public skepticism about the government’s response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video...

Continue Reading

America the Resilient

Irwin M. Stelzer

Oh, woe! Ebola has come to America and 150 people from infected countries are landing here every day. ISIS is battering the Kurds, to whom we have not...

Continue Reading

News Highlights (October 11-17)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

Continue Reading

A Constitutional Congress?

Christopher DeMuth

What difference will it make if the Republicans win the Senate and hold the House in November? The House can already block Democratic legislation Repu...

Continue Reading

Re-imagining Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Almost every discussion of Pakistan, especially in India, inevitably tends to be about the logic and raison d’etre of the country’s creation. The...

Continue Reading

Pakistan Is Sliding Toward Extremism

Farahnaz Ispahani & Nina Shea

The decision to award Malala Yousafzai the Nobel Peace Prize last week was a good one. After all, the 17 year-old, who was named a joint winner with a...

Continue Reading

Persecuted Christian: Will Pakistan's Asia Bibi Be Killed for Alleged Blasphemy?

Lela Gilbert

Amidst wars and rumors of wars, the eyes of the world have understandably fixed themselves on the Middle East. In Iraq and Syria, untold thousands ha...

Continue Reading

In the Middle East Everyone Has a Map of Their Own

Eric B. Brown

The state collapses and half-collapses of the 2011 Arab Spring revealed something that many regimes had been trying to keep hidden for decades: ...

Continue Reading

U.S., Japan Update Defense Guidelines to Expand Operations

Richard Weitz

On Oct. 8, after a year of intense effort, the Japanese and U.S. governments "released an interim progress report(The Interim Report on the Revision o...

Continue Reading

Broader Ebola Outbreak in US 'Inevitable'?

Tevi Troy

Former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy explains his ominous prediction...

Watch Now

Countering the Domestic Ebola Threat

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

Until recently, the bulk of the Obama administration’s efforts in the fight against Ebola have been on the international front. The emergence of a s...

Continue Reading

China Tries to Blame US for Hong Kong Protests

Michael Pillsbury

A Chinese state-run newspaper’s claim that the United States is helping pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong is only partially inaccurate, a top fo...

Watch Now

Ann Marlowe on the John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses the UN's response to the crisis in Libya on "The John Batchelor Show."...

Watch Now

Gabriel Schoenfeld: A Risen in the Sun

Gabriel Schoenfeld

A campaign is under way to present New York Times reporter James Risen as a potential martyr in the cause of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom ...

Continue Reading

Appeasing Iran

Lee Smith

Last week Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to the U.N. General Assembly and the White House to warn against letting Iran become a nuclea...

Continue Reading

FCC Plans Stealth Internet Tax Increase

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

American politicians of all stripes clearly see and oppose the abuses of the Internet abroad. But our government officials are not aware that the Fede...

Continue Reading

An Energy Revolution in Our Midst

Irwin M. Stelzer

Anyone who doubts that the deployment of the technologies we have come to call fracking constitutes a revolution should consider this. U.S. oil produc...

Continue Reading

A Nobel Laureate and Beacon for a Troubled Nation

Husain Haqqani

A 17-year-old from Pakistan has become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize—awarded Friday to Malala Yousafzai, for her courage in ...

Continue Reading

News Highlights (October 4-10)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

Continue Reading

Malala Has Won the Nobel Peace Prize – and It’s about Time

Lela Gilbert

Just about a year ago, the Western world held its collective breath, hoping against hope to hear that the courageous young Pakistani teenager, Malala ...

Continue Reading

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Rebirth and Regeneration?

Richard Weitz

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) like to boast that their organization is special. The Chinese, for example, refer to the SCO’...

Continue Reading

Hospital Erred With Ebola Patient

Tevi Troy

The first Ebola patient in the United States died because the hospital he went to initially released him when he should have been admitted, says forme...

Watch Now

Former HHS Deputy Secretary: Ebola is Definitely Mutating

Tevi Troy

Former HHS Deputy Secretary Dr. Tevi Troy on the conflicting government procedures for dealing with the Ebola virus....

Watch Now

From Attempted Murder in Denmark to Freedom in the Islamic State

Naser Khader

Lars Hedegaard responded to a knock at his front door in February, he saw a mailman waiting with a package delivery. What seemed to be a commonplace o...

Continue Reading

How Authoritarian States 'Win' Internationally

John Lee

The 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea (or South Korea) concluded over the weekend – not that you would know about it given the lack of ...

Continue Reading

Fighting Obamapolitik

Arthur Herman & John Yoo

A House and Senate unified under conservative leadership could use its own constitutional powers to begin to rebuild American influence....

Continue Reading

Many Variables to be Considered to Combat Ebola

Tevi Troy

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, joined Tevi Troy, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to discu...

Watch Now

After Modi Visit, U.S. and India Must Put 'Natural Partnership' Into Practice

Richard Weitz

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to the United States last week garnered massive media and think tank attention during the month...

Continue Reading

Дэвид Саттер: Российские элиты относятся к стране как оккупанты

David Satter

Watch David Satter's Russian-language interview on Ukrainian lessons for Russia on Voice of America....

Watch Now

Christian Arabs Are Being Persecuted in Denmark

Naser Khader

There is the perception that harassment and persecution of Christians is something that only takes place in the Middle East, but unfortunately it also...

Continue Reading

Ann Marlowe on The John Batchelor Show

Ann Marlowe

Ann Marlowe discusses recent updates on the crisis in Libya on “The John Batchelor Show.”...

Watch Now

Двадцатая серия. Приключения иностранцев в России

David Satter

Watch David Satter's Russian-language interview with VOA on life in Russia....

Watch Now

Iftar Invitations: A Stamp of Approval for Muslim Extremists

Naser Khader

During the month-long holiday of Ramadan, Muslims break their fast every evening with the iftar meal. For a number of years, the White House and s...

Continue Reading

Premature Closure? CDC Report Concerning the "Link" between Prescription Pills and Heroin Overdose Deaths Misreported by Reuters

David W. Murray

There is widespread (and not unreasonable) concern among Americans that those who misuse prescription opiate pain killers might switch over to heroin ...

Continue Reading

Stopping Ebola Before It Turns Into a Pandemic

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

It’s clear that this disease can’t be contained in West Africa. The best bet is a crash effort to develop and mass- produce drugs and vaccines....

Continue Reading

A Loss of Confidence in American Institutions

Irwin M. Stelzer

The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent. But the labor force participation rate continued t...

Continue Reading

News Highlights (September 27-October 3)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

Continue Reading

Is America Prepared for Ebola?

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy, American Health Policy Institute, discusses what the medical community can do to contain the spread of Ebola....

Watch Now

What if Baghdad Falls to ISIS?

Arthur Herman

There are now reliable reports that ISIS forces are a mile or so from the Iraqi capital. While CNN, NPR, ABC, and the rest have been celebrating our p...

Continue Reading

Lower-Calorie Foods and Beverages Fuel Growth at Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Companies

Hank Cardello & Jeffrey Wolfson

This newest study takes a second look at whether the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation member companies are continuing to make progress in increasi...

Continue Reading

Japan's Coming Drone Revolution

Arthur Herman

Unmanned aircraft, or drones, made headlines last spring when South Korean investigators found three small robotic planes equipped with digital camera...

Continue Reading

We're Going Back To Counting Calories...And Here's Why That's A Good Thing

Hank Cardello

When we are talking about efforts to reduce obesity rates, the calories we buy, and consequently eat, do matter. Obesity is a supply problem: there ar...

Continue Reading

Gesta Democrática en Hong Kong

Jaime Daremblum

De nuevo, los estudiantes son la vanguardia de una gesta por la libertad y la democracia. Hong Kong, la excolonia británica, una próspera zona autó...

Continue Reading

Does Eric Holder’ Successor Face A Momentum Shift on Dope?

John P. Walters & David W. Murray

A poll reported in the Washington Post (September 23, 2014) offers positive news for those troubled by the movement to legalize marijuana. It also do...

Continue Reading

New Tactic in Left’s Never-Ending War Against Israel: Calling It 'JSIL'

Ronald Radosh

We now have the latest obscenity in the war against Israel. It comes from three sources — Al Jazeera television, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine h...

Continue Reading

Obama's Post-American World Is Taking Shape with the Rise of Iran

Arthur Herman

Anyone wanting to take the moral temperature of the post-American world President Obama wants to create only had to drop by the United Nations last Th...

Continue Reading

Time for China to Rule Hong Kong Wisely

John Lee

Last weekend, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi used the august platform of the UN General Assembly to urge countries to treat each other and their s...

Continue Reading

Three Steps to Protect US Intellectual Property

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

If there were ever any doubt about America’s diplomatic priorities, those doubts were erased last week: Protecting intellectual property is not a t...

Continue Reading

The Modi-Obama Meet: Kickstarting U.S.-India Relations

Aparna Pande

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. They are the latest in a line ...

Continue Reading

The Obama-Military Divide

Seth Cropsey

In President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday, he reiterated his vow not to involve U.S. combat troops in the fight against Islamic State jiha...

Continue Reading

Low-Key Caspian Sea Summit Has Far-Reaching Implications

Richard Weitz

The leaders of all five littoral states attended the fourth Caspian Sea summit in the Russian city of Astrakhan yesterday. The latest meeting was more...

Continue Reading

How Modi Can Strengthen Defense Ties with the U.S.

Aparna Pande

High expectations surround the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Washingtonhas pinned its hopes...

Continue Reading

The Unstable World - Pakistan

Husain Haqqani

Pakistan may well be the most dangerous nation in the world. It is riven by religious extremism and sectarian violence. Successive governments have fa...

Watch Now

Obama Pursuing Environmental Virtue?

Irwin M. Stelzer

Last week was good for environmentalists, and perhaps even for the environment. President Obama doubled down on his effort to increase the likelihood ...

Continue Reading

Is Obama Striking an Alliance with Iran?

Ronald Radosh

Two new issues have emerged regarding the Obama administration’s policy towards ISIS, which was announced last week in President Obama’s speech to...

Continue Reading

News Highlights (September 20-26)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

Continue Reading

A Naval Disaster in the Making

Seth Cropsey

The U.S. Navy’s latest shipbuilding plan would see its attack submarine fleet diminish from 55 to 41 boats in the next decade and a half. That decis...

Continue Reading

Seoul-Tokyo Rivalry Should Stay on the Sports Field

John Lee

Beyond the headline events at the 17th Asian Games taking place now through October in Incheon, South Korea, other contests are being played out among...

Continue Reading

India-US: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge?

Aparna Pande

Expectations are high about the meeting scheduled next week between President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Americans have pin...

Continue Reading

Why Pregnancy and Pot Don’t - and Shouldn't - Mix

David W. Murray

The fall of the Roman Empire is the subject of much debate, and includes attention to the possible role of their aqueducts, lined with lead. More like...

Continue Reading

Assad Reported to Have Used Chemical Weapons Again

Lee Smith

In the wake of President Obama’s speech yesterday at the U.N. General Assembly, there were reports of another chemical weapons attack near Damascus ...

Continue Reading

SCO Security Cooperation Has Multiple Motives

Richard Weitz

In her September 17, 2014 commentary on “Intra-SCO Security Cooperation Helps Regional Stability,” Shao Yuqun describes the military exercises hel...

Continue Reading

America’s New Oil Weapon

Arthur Herman

Thanks to our current booming domestic energy production, the United States at last has an oil weapon in the arsenal of “soft power” that it can use t...

Continue Reading

Don Quixote Lives At The FCC

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed its public comment period on its network neutrality proceeding with more than 3.7 million commen...

Continue Reading

Profiting from The Forbidden Fruit of the Virtual Garden of Eden

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

To some, the Internet is the Garden of Eden, a paradise where practically anything is available, simply to be taken. For a small fee or even free of c...

Continue Reading

A Foreign Economic Policy

Husain Haqqani

For decades, pundits have described India and China as rivals for leadership in Asia. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India suggests ...

Continue Reading

High-Profile Naval Visit Belies China’s Low-Profile Approach to Iran

Richard Weitz

Two Chinese warships paid a port call to Iran over the weekend, in advance of a four-day joint naval exercise with the Iranian navy that was reportedl...

Continue Reading

The Delicate Balance: Media, Security, and Freedom in a Post-9/11 World

Gabriel Schoenfeld

This panel on national security and press freedom discusses the legal authority to wage campaign against ISIS and right for public to gain access to i...

Watch Now

Geopolitics Lurks in the Sidelines at 2014 Asian Games Event

John Lee

The 17th Asian Games taking place over this fortnight in Incheon, Republic of Korea seems a friendly affair if the official slogan for the meet, “Di...

Continue Reading

Fed's Gloomy Forecast

Irwin M. Stelzer

If you know how many months there are in a "considerable time," you will know exactly when Janet Yellen and her colleagues on the Federal Reserve Boar...

Continue Reading

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to Me and Others: Don’t Live Past 75!

Ronald Radosh

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel has just announced that he plans on dying at age 75 and implies that the rest of us should work toward achieving this too. His...

Continue Reading

In the End, Scots Chose Realism over Romanticism

Arthur Herman

On Thursday, Scotland, Great Britain, and the world dodged a bullet. By a large margin Scottish voters decided not to opt for independence in a refere...

Continue Reading

News Highlights (September 13-19)

Financial Corruption & Autocracy Initiative

News highlights and links on the topic of financial corruption and autocracy....

Continue Reading

Self-Inflicted Wounds: The Toll is Mounting from More Accessible Drugs

David W. Murray

On September 16, the White House’s drug control policy office blasted out a press release claiming that youth drug use was “down 24 percent.” At...

Continue Reading

Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

Richard Weitz

Thanks to its comprehensive democratization and its “Miracle on the Han,” which transformed the Republic of Korea into a developed country, South ...

Continue Reading

Misunderstanding China

Michael Pillsbury

China is stronger, more nationalistic and more committed to maintaining one-party rule than at any time since Mao's death....

Continue Reading

Keeping the Internet Bountiful

Robert M. McDowell

Three months after the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rule making” for new rules to regulate the Internet, more commo...

Continue Reading

Ebola's Warning for an Unprepared America

Scott Gottlieb & Tevi Troy

The world is finally mobilizing to wage a muscular fight against Ebola's catastrophic spread through West Africa. President Obama has put the Pentagon...

Continue Reading

How Peace Negotiator Martin Indyk Cashed a Big, Fat $14.8 Million Check From Qatar

Lee Smith

The New York Times recently published a long investigative report by Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams, and Nicholas Confessore on how foreign countries bu...

Continue Reading

Reducing Calories

Hank Cardello

Hank Cardello on recent trends in healthy eating....

Watch Now

Arms Control: The Lesson of Russia’s Serial Treaty Violations

William Schneider

Last week, US officials began talks in Moscow regarding Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The agreement ...

Continue Reading

Book Review: 'Predator' by Richard Whittle

Gabriel Schoenfeld

Compared with, say, a B-2 Bomber, drones are simple things. An empty B-2 weighs 158,000 pounds. The largest version of the Predator—the unmanned aer...

Continue Reading

Responding to Crises, SCO Finally Embraces Expansion

Richard Weitz

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Sept. 12-13 may have been one of the organization’s most important. A...

Continue Reading

Can Obama's Military Strategy Against ISIS Work? Analysis with Friedman and Weitz

Richard Weitz

As US President Barack Obama announced his plans combat the ISIS threat militarily, skeptics and supporters alike weigh in on the viability of Obama's...

Watch Now

Health Policy Expert: US, WHO 'Late' on Ebola Threat

Tevi Troy

The United States and the World Health Organization are behind the curve on an Ebola outbreak that is becoming epidemic in western Africa and threaten...

Watch Now

Moderate Palestinian Action is the Key to Ending the Conflict

Naser Khader

It’s frustrating to witness how it’s always pro-Hamas people or someone from the far-left that argues on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Not only...

Continue Reading

Increasing Anti-Semitism in Europe

Naser Khader

Sadly, there is an uprising of anti-Semitism currently happening across Europe. It is becoming more and more violent and the number of assaults on Jew...

Continue Reading

FCC Received 1.4M Public Comments on Net Neutrality Proposal

Robert M. McDowell

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell weighs in on FCC’S proposal for Net Neutrality....

Watch Now

The Meaning of Black Flags over Jerusalem

Lela Gilbert

After a lengthy trip abroad, I returned to my Jerusalem home with great pleasure. Just two days after my arrival, a cease-fire with Hamas was announce...

Continue Reading

Commission Suggests Legalizing Heroin, Cocaine

John P. Walters

Reaction from former drug czar John Walters...

Watch Now

INI9 - Afghanistan after the US Drawout

Aparna Pande

Takshashila advisor Anand Arni and Hudson Institute's Aparna Pande discuss the situation in Afghanistan after the US drawout....

Watch Now