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  • Issue Brief posted May 18, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. America’s Outdated Europe Policy: In 2017, the Next President Must Adapt to New Reality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

  • Backgrounder posted March 28, 2016 by Justin T. Johnson, Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Dean Cheng, Luke Coffey, Lisa Curtis, Michaela Dodge, David Inserra, Bruce Klingner, Walter Lohman, James Phillips, Ana Quintana, Bryan Riley, Brian Slattery, Charles "Cully" Stimson, Dakota Wood, Rachel Zissimos The 2017 NDAA Should Begin Rebuilding America’s Military

    The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual bill that sets policies and budgets for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This bill and the defense appropriations bill are Congress’s two annual major pieces of defense legislation. With the release of the Obama Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, Congress has begun working on the NDAA.…

  • Commentary posted March 14, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Britain's Move to Perhaps Leave the EU Is Not Radical

    How would you like it if the United States got together with Canada, Mexico, and every other nation in the New World and set up a new government, headquartered in Guatemala? This government would be run by an unelected bureaucracy with its own supreme court. It could void any of our laws. It would tax us, impose rules on us, and tell us who we could trade freely…

  • Commentary posted March 7, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Symbols Without Substance

    A few weeks ago, I met a group of Europeans who were touring the US on the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. When the conversation turned to the proposed US-EU trade deal, most of the European delegation seemed to agree (sensibly) that its economic impact would be minor. But they supported it none the less, on the argument that it would be a…

  • Commentary posted February 29, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. For Putin, All Pieces Are in Place

    The last few months of 2008 were among the most important in recent history. They saw the tail end of a tired presidency, the Russians on the warpath in Georgia, and a long-approaching economic crisis about to reach its climax. The last few months of 2016 may repeat the pattern. Start with Russia. Over the last few weeks, I have met with a number of Eastern European and…

  • Commentary posted February 18, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. On U.S. Energy Policy, Obama Should Trust the Market

    On Wednesday, according to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in the United States was just under $1.72. Low energy prices are good for American consumers, for the U.S. economy, and for the United States in the world. Too bad President Barack Obama wants to raise them. Obama’s final budget request calls for a $10 “fee” on every barrel of oil. While the…

  • Commentary posted January 25, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Top Ten US Myths About the European Union

    If the US is to be an effective ally of the democratic nations of Europe, it must see the European Union (EU) as it really is. In the years after the Second World War, the US was right to encourage Western Europe to trade more freely and to cooperate for their own security, both to defend against the Soviet threat and to stabilize the region’s fragile post-war…

  • Commentary posted January 21, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Blame Washington for Skyrocketed College Costs

    In a matter of days, college applications will be due. No family can look at those applications without thinking of the opportunity college represents. But they also can’t look without thinking of the bills. A new research paper helps explain why those costs are so high. We accept inflation as a fact of life. But as my Heritage colleague Lindsey Burke points out, there’s…

  • Issue Brief posted January 14, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Top 10 Areas for Congressional Action on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2016

    The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which Congress has rightly opposed, entered into force on December 24, 2014. The U.S. signed the ATT on September 25, 2013, but the Administration has yet to transmit the treaty to the Senate. The first Conference of States Parties (CSP) to the ATT was held in Cancun, Mexico, on August 24–27, 2015. The CSP set out the rules of procedure for…

  • Commentary posted January 13, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Russia’s Insecurity Strategy

    Russia’s new National Security Strategy, signed by Vladimir Putin as last year came to a close, isn’t shy about naming its enemies. From the U.S. to the European Union, from NATO to the varying-colored revolutions, Russia sees foes everywhere.   That’s understandable: the treacherous are always distrustful. But the strategy’s biggest surprise is that it shows Russia has…