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  • Backgrounder posted June 17, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, Bryan Riley, David Inserra Beyond the Border: U.S. and Canada Expand Partnership in Trade and Security

    In December 2011, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The plan—part of the Beyond the Border strategy announced earlier that year—offers a cooperative strategy and joint vision intended to boost security and facilitate the flow of goods and people between the two nations. With the economies,…

  • WebMemo posted March 2, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Mexico’s Calderon and Obama Meet: Time for a Ronald Reagan Moment

    When Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon meets President Obama in Washington on March 3, the atmosphere will be tense. Even White House media management cannot camouflage gathering tensions in the U.S.–Mexican relationship. Mexico’s bloody battle with drug cartels and criminal violence dominates media headlines and fuels growing uncertainty about Mexico’s future…

  • America at Risk Memo posted May 3, 2010 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Defending Freedom Is a Choice

    Talk of America’s decline is in the air. It is on the cover of magazines, proclaiming, as British historian Niall Ferguson did in a recent Foreign Affairs piece, “Decline and Fall: When the American Empire Goes, It Is Likely to Go Quickly.” Indeed, it is a topic so much in vogue that conservatives like Charles Krauthammer go to great lengths to explain that, if there were…

  • News Releases on January 13, 2009 North America Leads World in Economic Freedom, 2009 Index Finds

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 13, 2009--North America is the world leader in economic freedom, boasting two of the 10 freest countries in the 2009 "Index of Economic Freedom," published annually by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. The United States enjoyed the highest ranking within the region and finished sixth in the world, followed immediately…

  • WebMemo posted October 13, 2011 by Ambassador Robert J Callahan, Ray Walser, Ph.D. Nicaragua’s Presidential Elections: How Daniel Ortega Could Shame Democracy

    It is a safe bet that Daniel Ortega will be Nicaragua’s next president on November 6. As leader of the disciplined Sandinista party, the 65-year-old former Marxist-Leninist rebel faces a fragmented and poorly funded opposition. He has a robust campaign chest thanks to nearly $2 billion dispensed over the past four years by his Venezuelan soul mate, Hugo Chavez. He…

  • Lecture posted December 3, 2010 by Kris W. Kobach, D.Phil., J.D. The Arizona Immigration Law: What It Actually Does, and Why It Is Constitutional

    Abstract: America has arrived at a dangerous, unprece­dented moment: an Administration is attacking a state that is simply trying to help the federal government restore the rule of law. In addition to partisan mischarac­terizations of S.B. 1070, observes Professor Kris Kobach, the Eric Holder Justice Department launched an unprece­dented and unwarranted…

  • WebMemo posted October 6, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. U.S.–Panama Free Trade Agreement: Drop the Tariff Anchor

    The White House’s decision to send the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea to Congress for approval is overdue but welcome news. With unemployment still above 9 percent, one can only hope that, nearly three years into office, President Obama is finally shedding his protectionist blinders and seeing America’s trade partners and…

  • Lecture posted October 6, 2010 by The Honorable Clifford Taylor Without Merit: Why "Merit" Selection Is the Wrong Way for States to Choose Judges

    Abstract: Those who argue for merit selection know that it gives them their best chance to get judges on the bench who share their political and policy views. Advocates of elections are willing to take their chances openly in the public square, with the people deciding which candidate has merit. Public elections allowing all voters to decide who should be the…

  • Backgrounder posted July 27, 2010 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jena Baker McNeill, Ray Walser, Ph.D., Richard Weitz, Ph.D. Expand NORAD to Improve Security in North America

    Abstract: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has repeatedly adapted to meet a range of national security concerns. First created to confront the growing Soviet bomber threat, NORAD’s mission has been expanded to provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America. However, U.S. and Canadian security interests do not end at the U.S.–Mexico border. To…

  • WebMemo posted January 24, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Jena Baker McNeill Secretary Clinton Should Sustain U.S. Attention to Mexico After Her Visit

    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with her Mexican counterpart in Guanajuato, Mexico, on January 24, the high-level encounter will focus on topics of great importance to the U.S. and Mexico. Topping the agenda will be Mexico’s deadly narco-conflict. Last year was a somber one for Mexico, one in which the drug war claimed 15,273 lives. The prognosis for 2011 is…

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  • Backgrounder posted June 17, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, Bryan Riley, David Inserra Beyond the Border: U.S. and Canada Expand Partnership in Trade and Security

    In December 2011, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The plan—part of the Beyond the Border strategy announced earlier that year—offers a cooperative strategy and joint vision intended to boost security and facilitate the flow of goods and people between the two nations. With the economies,…

  • WebMemo posted December 16, 2011 by Jessica Zuckerman Beyond the Border: Enhancing Security and Improving Trade Between the United States and Canada

    On December 7, President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the “Beyond the Border Action Plan.” Following on a declaration issued by both nations’ leaders in February, the action plan lays out a joint vision to enhance security and accelerate the flow of people and goods between the two nations. Already, the United States and Canada cooperate…

  • WebMemo posted October 13, 2011 by Ambassador Robert J Callahan, Ray Walser, Ph.D. Nicaragua’s Presidential Elections: How Daniel Ortega Could Shame Democracy

    It is a safe bet that Daniel Ortega will be Nicaragua’s next president on November 6. As leader of the disciplined Sandinista party, the 65-year-old former Marxist-Leninist rebel faces a fragmented and poorly funded opposition. He has a robust campaign chest thanks to nearly $2 billion dispensed over the past four years by his Venezuelan soul mate, Hugo Chavez. He…

  • WebMemo posted October 6, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. U.S.–Panama Free Trade Agreement: Drop the Tariff Anchor

    The White House’s decision to send the pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea to Congress for approval is overdue but welcome news. With unemployment still above 9 percent, one can only hope that, nearly three years into office, President Obama is finally shedding his protectionist blinders and seeing America’s trade partners and…

  • WebMemo posted March 2, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D. Mexico’s Calderon and Obama Meet: Time for a Ronald Reagan Moment

    When Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon meets President Obama in Washington on March 3, the atmosphere will be tense. Even White House media management cannot camouflage gathering tensions in the U.S.–Mexican relationship. Mexico’s bloody battle with drug cartels and criminal violence dominates media headlines and fuels growing uncertainty about Mexico’s future…

  • WebMemo posted January 24, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Jena Baker McNeill Secretary Clinton Should Sustain U.S. Attention to Mexico After Her Visit

    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with her Mexican counterpart in Guanajuato, Mexico, on January 24, the high-level encounter will focus on topics of great importance to the U.S. and Mexico. Topping the agenda will be Mexico’s deadly narco-conflict. Last year was a somber one for Mexico, one in which the drug war claimed 15,273 lives. The prognosis for 2011 is…

  • Backgrounder posted July 27, 2010 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jena Baker McNeill, Ray Walser, Ph.D., Richard Weitz, Ph.D. Expand NORAD to Improve Security in North America

    Abstract: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has repeatedly adapted to meet a range of national security concerns. First created to confront the growing Soviet bomber threat, NORAD’s mission has been expanded to provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America. However, U.S. and Canadian security interests do not end at the U.S.–Mexico border. To…

  • America at Risk Memo posted May 3, 2010 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Defending Freedom Is a Choice

    Talk of America’s decline is in the air. It is on the cover of magazines, proclaiming, as British historian Niall Ferguson did in a recent Foreign Affairs piece, “Decline and Fall: When the American Empire Goes, It Is Likely to Go Quickly.” Indeed, it is a topic so much in vogue that conservatives like Charles Krauthammer go to great lengths to explain that, if there were…

  • News Releases on January 13, 2009 North America Leads World in Economic Freedom, 2009 Index Finds

    WASHINGTON, JAN. 13, 2009--North America is the world leader in economic freedom, boasting two of the 10 freest countries in the 2009 "Index of Economic Freedom," published annually by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. The United States enjoyed the highest ranking within the region and finished sixth in the world, followed immediately…

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