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  • Special Report posted October 7, 2013 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Olivia Enos A New View of Asia: 24 Charts that Show What's at Stake for America

    The Asian Studies Center Introduction Geography Economic Stakes Political Stakes Security Challenges Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West" At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…

  • White Paper posted July 17, 2012 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Robert Warshaw Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence. Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…

  • Backgrounder posted March 4, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jon Rodeback Taking the Fight to the Pirates: Applying Counterterrorist Methods to the Threat of Piracy

    Abstract: Piracy is a growing threat to global commerce and is becoming a U.S. security issue. While anti-piracy efforts have successfully reduced piracy in the Malacca Strait, Somali pirates have expanded their operations further into the Indian Ocean. Ending the threat from Somali pirates will require shifting from a defensive posture of trying to protect ships passing…

  • White Paper posted January 14, 2011 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Nicholas Hamisevicz Key Asian Indicators: A Book of Charts

    The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked: American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined. For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…

  • WebMemo posted October 5, 2010 by Jason Richwine, Ph.D., John Fleming Impact of Obama Tax Increase: National, State, and Congressional District Levels

    The macroeconomic model presented in “Obama Tax Hikes: The Economic and Fiscal Effects”[1] makes predictions at the national level. Converting the model’s predictions to state and congressional district levels requires supplemental analysis. Because of the statistical assumptions involved, the exact state and district numbers may vary slightly from the reported…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2010 by Ryan O'Donnell Warren Buffett’s Death Tax Hypocrisy

    In many respects, Dan L. Duncan was the embodiment of the American dream, the self-made man incarnate. He transformed $10,000 and two propane trucks into a natural gas empire and a personal net worth of $9 billion—making him the richest person in Houston, and the 74th wealthiest individual in the world.Even though Duncan died last March, his story provides the “only in…

  • Backgrounder posted February 2, 2010 by Mackenzie Eaglen, Jon Rodeback Submarine Arms Race in the Pacific: The Chinese Challenge to U.S. Undersea Supremacy

    Abstract: Since the end of the Cold War, China has dramatically expanded its navy, especially its submarine fleet, adding dozens of attack submarines since 1995. During the same period, the U.S. attack submarine fleet has shrunk to 53, and it is projected to fall to 41 in 2028. The U.S. fleet is already stretched thin by the demands of ongoing operations. Australia,…

  • White Paper posted November 24, 2009 by Walter Lohman, John Fleming, Nicholas Hamisevicz Key Asian Indicators: A 2009 Book of Charts

    The United States is no less a Pacific nation than an Atlantic one. The state of Hawaii and the territories of Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa all lie in the Pacific. The United States has five treaty alliances in East Asia (Japan, Korea, Australia, the Philippines and Thailand), the Pacific Fleet, and major military bases throughout the region. It has…

  • Lecture posted February 18, 2009 by Robert L. Woodson, Sr., The Honorable Kevin Andrews, John Fleming, Philippa Stroud, The Honorable Monte Solberg, Greg Fleming More Than Hope: Policy for a Free and Just Society

    Jennifer A. Marshall: The reason for this event is that we are troubled by the extent of social breakdown today. We're troubled by how it afflicts individual lives and how it affects our society in general. We're troubled by the fact that a teenage boy going to school in one of our major cities may learn more about a life of delinquency than he does about a future…

  • Backgrounder posted September 8, 2008 by Dan Lips, Shanea Watkins, Ph.D., John Fleming Does Spending More on Education Improve Academic Achievement?

    Debates about how to improve public Education in America often focus on whether government should spend more on education. Federal and state policymakers proposing new Education programs often base their arguments on the need to provide more resources to schools to improve opportunities for students. Many Americans seem to share this view. Polling data show…

  • Executive Summary posted February 20, 2007 by Bill Poole Executive Summary: The Urgent Need to Reform the FAA's Air Traffic Control System

    The U.S. economy depends on safe, reliable, and affordable air transportation. Beginning in 1978, airline deregulation transformed commercial avia­tion from a luxury for the few to a service available to essentially all Americans. U.S. companies depend on the airlines to transport their employees, and a growing number of all sizes make use of business aviation:…

  • Backgrounder posted February 20, 2007 by Bill Poole The Urgent Need to Reform the FAA's Air Traffic Control System

    The U.S. economy depends on safe, reliable, and affordable air transportation. Beginning in 1978, airline deregulation transformed commercial aviation from a luxury for the few to a service available to essentially all Americans. U.S. companies depend on the airlines to transport their employees, and a growing number of all sizes make use of business aviation:…

  • Commentary posted October 19, 2001 by Bill Poole A Better Approach to Airport Security

    Federal lawmakers appear to be in quite a rush these days to be seen as "doing something" to combat terrorism. Does it matter to them if that something turns out to be rather foolish? I'm referring to legislation that would give us a government-run passenger-screening process at airports nationwide. The Senate has already passed it, and it's being debated in the…

  • Backgrounder posted October 15, 2001 by Bill Poole Learn from Experience on Airport Security

    Before the United States rushes into creating a new 28,000-person federal passenger-screening bureaucracy, it might make sense to start with a clean sheet of paper and ask what kind of system would best do the job of keeping airports and air travelers safe. The overwhelming evidence from other countries, especially Israel, shows that federalizing airport security is…

  • Backgrounder posted October 15, 2001 by Bill Poole Learn from Experience on Airport Security

    Before the United States rushes into creating a new 28,000-person federal passenger-screening bureaucracy, it might make sense to start with a clean sheet of paper and ask what kind of system would best do the job of keeping airports and air travelers safe. The overwhelming evidence from other countries, especially Israel, shows that federalizing airport security is…

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