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  • Lecture posted March 4, 1993 by Russell Kirk The Meaning of Justice

    The word "justice" is on everyone's lips nowadays, and may signify almost anything. We hear the cry "Peace and Justice!" from folk who would destroy existing societies with fire and sword. Other folk fancy that perfect justice might readily be obtained by certain financial rearrangements -- as if anything in this world ever could be perfected. One thinks of the…

  • Commentary posted March 10, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Owen Graham A Franco-Russian Rapprochement Again

    Russian President Dmitri Medvedev traveled to Paris last week for a three-day visit and to launch a new strategic partnership with France. The new Franco-Russian embrace is marked by major arms sales, a space deal, lucrative energy contracts, and greater market access -- all under the banner of a blossoming personal relationship between Mr. Medvedev and French President…

  • WebMemo posted February 12, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Khrystyna Kushnir After Ukraine Elections: What Is Next for U.S. Policy?

    On February 7, Ukrainians elected former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych as president, a defeat for current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The first round of elections, held on January 17, appeared to be free and fair. The U.S. embassy and OSCE concluded that the second round of runoff elections were free and fair as well. Ukrainian courts may review some of…

  • Executive Summary posted December 3, 2009 by Sally McNamara Executive Summary: NATO Allies in Europe Must Do More in Afghanistan

    Full Text At the end of August, U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, advised the Obama Administration that the mission in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure" unless the U.S. and NATO implement a new counterinsurgency strategy backed by a significant surge of up to 80,000 additional U.S. troops. Importantly, he noted…

  • Commentary posted April 17, 2003 by Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D. A Better Way to Chastise France

    Yes, folks, it finally happened. French President Jacques Chirac swallowed his pride and placed a let's-be-friends-again phone call to President Bush. As well he should have. France's behavior regarding Iraq has been despicable. In addition to providing Saddam Hussein's brutal regime with valuable technology, the French government actively worked to sabotage our…

  • Factsheet on September 23, 2009 Going Out of Business: How ObamaCare will Hurt American Businesses

    A Costly Employer Mandate   It's a Regressive Tax:The House and Senate draft proposals for health care reform include employer mandates that require employers to pay higher taxes (as much as an 8% payroll tax) if they do not offer health insurance or if they offer it but some employees decline it and use the government system. The result of…

  • Commentary posted November 6, 2007 by Peter Brookes A Friend in France-Finally

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the recently elected leader of America's oldest ally - and possibly the most pro-U.S. president in France's history - begins his first official visit to the United States today, a country he's called the world's "greatest democracy." During a two-day visit, Sarkozy will meet with President Bush, go to George Washington's home at Mount Vernon and -…

  • Commentary posted January 16, 2013 by Morgan Lorraine Roach, Luke Coffey Mali: Low-Hanging Fruit for France

    At a time when French President Francois Hollande has gained a reputation for dithering over domestic policy the recent French-led intervention in Mali and Friday's botched rescue operation in Somalia has presented a new type of Hollande -- one that behaves like a Commander in Chief. However, has Hollande bitten off more than he can chew? A coalition of Islamist militants…

  • Testimony posted December 15, 2009 by Sally McNamara The Lisbon Treaty: Implications for Future Relations between the European Union and the United States

    Testimony before the Committee on the Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, of the United States House of Representatives December 15, 2009 My name is Sally McNamara. I am Senior Policy Analyst for European Affairs at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. France Embraces the War on Terror

    The world has turned upside down. A few years ago, it was common for Europeans to lecture Americans on how badly Washington had mishandled global terrorism. Terrorists should be treated as criminals, they said. The war metaphor was simply not appropriate. Fast forward to this Thursday. French interior minister Manuel Valls was in town, meeting with Attorney General Eric…

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  • Special Report posted June 6, 2014 by Alberto Alesina, Ph.D., Romina Boccia, Ryan Bourne, Salim Furth, Ph.D., David Howden, Ph.D., Filip Jolevski, Miguel Marin, Matthew Melchiorre, Derrick Morgan, Dalibor Rohac, Veronique de Rugy Europe’s Fiscal Crisis Revealed: An In-Depth Analysis of Spending, Austerity, and Growth

    About the Authors Alberto Alesina, PhD, is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society. Romina Boccia is Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs in the…

  • Issue Brief posted May 20, 2014 by Luke Coffey, Daniel Kochis U.S. Should Condemn Spain and France’s Military Support to the Russian Federation

    As Russia continues to occupy Crimea and back political instability in eastern Ukraine, there are some NATO members that continue to provide Russia with military support. Spain allows the Russian navy use of its ports, and France is selling two amphibious assault ships to Russia. This behavior is unbecoming of 21st-century NATO allies. The U.S. should work with…

  • WebMemo posted August 23, 2011 by Sally McNamara Why the United States Should Be Concerned about France’s Banking Crisis

    After a wave of panic gripped French financial markets late last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy interrupted his summer vacation to call an emergency cabinet meeting and reassure the world that French banks were not on the “brink of disaster.”[1]   Although it looks as if France’s major banks are not in imminent danger of collapse, the undercapitalization of major…

  • Backgrounder posted August 9, 2010 by James M. Roberts Cronyism: Undermining Economic Freedom and Prosperity Around the World

    Abstract: Backroom deals between members of the governing class and their hand-picked cronies influence the legislative, executive, and regulatory actions of governments around the world. Examples of this ancient form of corruption abound. Government intrusions into the private sector as a partner, financier, or outright owner are not only morally hazardous, but…

  • Special Report posted July 15, 2010 by Robin Harris, D. Phil. Europe: What Future?

    Abstract: The pretense that the European Union is successful and stable—and that the euro is a successful and stable currency—has been exploded by events surrounding the financial bailout of Greece. No one knows where the contagion will spread or how it may end. The world’s financial markets have occasionally teetered on the edge of panic. But the full implications of…

  • WebMemo posted February 12, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Khrystyna Kushnir After Ukraine Elections: What Is Next for U.S. Policy?

    On February 7, Ukrainians elected former Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych as president, a defeat for current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The first round of elections, held on January 17, appeared to be free and fair. The U.S. embassy and OSCE concluded that the second round of runoff elections were free and fair as well. Ukrainian courts may review some of…

  • WebMemo posted January 13, 2010 by James M. Roberts, Ray Walser, Ph.D. American Leadership Necessary to Assist Haiti After Devastating Earthquake

    America’s response thus far to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12 has been far too mute, creating an unexpected vacuum of leadership in a critical region. Haiti is the most impoverished nation of the Americas. The government under President Réne Préval is weak and literally now in shambles. Cuba and Venezuela, already intent on minimizing U.S.…

  • Executive Summary posted December 3, 2009 by Sally McNamara Executive Summary: NATO Allies in Europe Must Do More in Afghanistan

    Full Text At the end of August, U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, advised the Obama Administration that the mission in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure" unless the U.S. and NATO implement a new counterinsurgency strategy backed by a significant surge of up to 80,000 additional U.S. troops. Importantly, he noted…

  • Backgrounder posted December 3, 2009 by Sally McNamara NATO Allies in Europe Must Do More in Afghanistan

    Executive Summary Abstract: President Barack Obama recently announced a new strategy to lead the 43-nation NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to victory. Upon the request of General Stanley McChrystal, President Obama has ordered the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to…

  • Backgrounder posted November 9, 2009 by Brett D. Schaefer, Steven Groves The U.N. Human Rights Council: No Better for Obama's Engagement

    Abstract: The record of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights was a disgrace. Three years ago, the commission was replaced by the Human Rights Council, and its record has been equally dismal. The Obama Administration sought a seat at the council in an attempt to reform the council from within. Evidence from the first council sessions with the U.S. as a member demonstrates…

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