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  • Commentary posted July 1, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Britain is Back

    I’ve spent a good part of the past three decades studying Britain’s relations with Europe. In fact, I wrote my thesis on Britain’s first application to the EEC, the European Union’s predecessor. Being in Britain for the referendum was a joy. It was also a lesson. I watched the last week of the referendum campaign from London. That may have been a mistake – not the…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. A Win for Britain: Brexit's Victory is Democracy's Victory

    The results in Britain’s referendum on its membership of the European Union are in. And what a result. Britain has voted to leave, by a margin of 52 percent in favor, or over 1.2 million votes. Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday morning. No pollster saw this coming. Nor did almost any of the Brexit campaigners. The evening opened with Nigel…

  • Commentary posted June 22, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Great Brexit Stitch-Up

    At times—blessedly—politics barely intrude on normal life. Last year, for example, Britain held an election that bored virtually everyone who wasn't directly involved in it. It was no more consequential than most elections (in other words, it mattered, but not as much as everyone believed), but it had the merit of producing an entirely reasonable outcome that almost no…

  • Issue Brief posted June 22, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Why Brexit Will Promote European, British, and American Security

    On June 23, Britain will hold a referendum on its membership in the European Union. Opponents of a British exit from the EU assert that a “Brexit” would be bad for both British security and the peace of Europe. Indeed, on May 9, British Prime Minister David Cameron, a supporter of Britain’s EU membership, implied that Brexit risks causing a European war.[1] This argument…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Brexit, Britain's Immigration Fight

    On Thursday, Britain will vote in a referendum on whether it should exit — hence, Brexit — the European Union. If it does leave, one reason will be because the British people are fed up with uncontrolled immigration. This is a story about the arrogance of Britain’s elite, with a lesson for politicians in all countries. First, a word about the EU: If you’re in it, you…

  • Commentary posted June 2, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Let's Send Your Tax Forms to China

    There are bad ideas – such as making our tax code so complicated and intrusive that compliance costs billions, yet we can’t be sure what we owe, or that we’re not paying too much. Then there are really bad ideas – such as taking the tax forms of any American who does any international business and sending them to the People’s Republic of China or Russia. Your name, your…

  • Issue Brief posted June 1, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. U.S. Goals at the 2016 Meeting of the U.N.’s Small-Arms Process

    In 2001, the United Nations created the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). The PoA is not a treaty; rather, it is a political mechanism for encouraging voluntary cooperation. On June 6–10, the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) under the PoA will be held in New York City.…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Obama's Hiroshima Trip Just More Of The Same

    On Friday, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima. His spokesmen have promised that he won’t apologize for the U.S. use of atomic bombs to end the Second World War. But Hiroshima’s meaning is more powerful than any words he may utter. Obama’s been contemplating a visit to Hiroshima for years. I first heard rumors of it in…

  • Commentary posted May 25, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Would Churchill Have Backed Brexit?

    London’s now-former mayor, Boris Johnson, a best-selling biographer of Winston Churchill, has claimed the Great Man for the side of Brexit, Britain’s exit from the EU. Writing in the Guardian, journalist Martin Kettle offers the contrary argument that “everything we know” about Churchill suggests that would “be a committed voter to remain” inside the European Union If…

  • News Releases posted May 20, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. What is "Brexit" and Why Does it Matter?

    On June 23, Great Britain will vote in a nationwide referendum to decide if it wants to remain part of the European Union. If Britain exits – Brexit – it will remain a member of NATO, but it will recover the freedom to make its own trade agreements and write its own laws. President Obama believes that it’s in the interests of the U.S. that Britain stay in the European…

  • Issue Brief posted May 18, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. America’s Outdated Europe Policy: In 2017, the Next President Must Adapt to New Reality

    Since the end of World War II, U.S. policy toward Europe has drifted, without deliberate thought, far from its initial premises—while Europe itself has changed beyond recognition. It is time that the U.S. recognized this fact. The incoming President should direct the National Security Council (NSC) to oversee a comprehensive study of U.S. policy toward Europe, a study to…

  • Issue Brief posted May 17, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Riddhi Dasgupta, PhD Straight Talk on the ISDS Provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an investment and trade agreement signed last February between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations, contains enforcement provisions, including an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, for resolving potential investment disputes related to the agreement. Today, the ISDS system is used widely around the globe to help…

  • Issue Brief posted April 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Britain at the “Back of the Queue”? Why Obama Is Wrong About Trade and Brexit

    During an April 22 press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama stated that, were Britain to leave the European Union, Britain would end up at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the United States. Observers wrongly understood this to mean that the U.S. would not negotiate with Britain until it had completed negotiations…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Freedom Is in Retreat Under Obama Presidency

    President Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba last week is one of the best he’s made in his seven years in office. Unfortunately, he’s got a terrible record of following through on his words. I don’t think Obama should have gone to Cuba. The U.S. has nothing to gain from an opening to the Castro regime: this isn’t Nixon’s trip to China at the height of the Cold War. Most…

  • Commentary posted March 29, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Where's the Leadership in American Election?

    Since the Second World War, power in the US has oscillated regularly between the major parties, with neither able to win an enduring advantage. But that oscillation disguises a pattern that foretells a Democratic edge this fall. If the pattern survives in this uncertain world, that is. The pattern, simply, is this: if you’re an American political party and you win two…