Lecture posted December 11, 2013
Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher
Thank you all for coming. Thank you very much to the Heritage Foundation for hosting and organizing this event. A particular thank you to Ed Feulner and Heritage for tolerating me for the last five years or so—an occasionally visiting Brit who loves America and loves Heritage.
Mrs. Thatcher made many good decisions, but one of the best was to become patron of The…
Backgrounder posted December 11, 2013
Necessary Reforms Can Keep Interpol Working in the U.S. Interest
On April 23, 2012, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) denied an Egyptian request to issue a Red Notice—often incorrectly described as an international arrest warrant—for 15 personnel from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. funding, whom the Egyptian government accused of illegally operating pro-democracy programs. Several…
Issue Brief posted December 5, 2013
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Pitfalls and Promises
The United States and the European Union (EU) have begun the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which could greatly reduce or eliminate both tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade between the U.S. and the EU, a trade relationship that accounts for about 30 percent of world trade.
The promotion of economic freedom is a vital part of…
Issue Brief posted November 26, 2013
U.S. Should Lead Effort to Arrest Excessive U.N. Pay
Pay of United Nations professional and higher level staff has risen sharply over the past few years in comparison to equivalent positions in the United States federal civil service. U.N. pay is supposed to be based on those of equivalent U.S. civil servants. The discrepancy has arisen, in part, because U.S. pay has been frozen in response to America’s budgetary crisis…
Issue Brief posted November 19, 2013
U.N. Human Rights Council: A Flawed Body That Should Be Replaced
The United Nations held elections on November 12 for 14 Human Rights Council (HRC) seats for 2014. Based on the election results, the number of free countries will climb to a slim majority. However, a number of countries with poor human rights records continue to be elected to the body.
The lack of meaningful membership standards is a key reason behind the HRC’s poor…
Backgrounder posted November 15, 2013
U.S. National Human Rights Institution: A Bad Idea
For several years elements of the international human rights community have advocated that the United States should establish a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) to promote and monitor implementation of international human rights treaties, norms, and standards in the United States. However, creating a NHRI is a bad idea.
Human rights activists would use a NHRI to…
Backgrounder posted November 12, 2013
Haiti Cholera Lawsuit Against the U.N.: Recommendations for U.S. Policy
A U.S. nongovernmental organization recently filed a lawsuit against the United Nations seeking compensation on behalf of victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, and at least $2.2 billion in funding to eradicate cholera. Evidence compiled since 2010 strongly indicates that U.N. peacekeepers were the source of the cholera and, due to negligence or deliberate disregard,…
Issue Brief posted November 1, 2013
Steadfast Jazz 2013: U.S. Lackluster Contribution Undermines U.S. Interests in Eastern Europe
On November 2–9, NATO will conduct a military training exercise called Steadfast Jazz. The exercise will be held in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. According to NATO, the primary purpose of the exercise is to train and certify the NATO Response Force.
Many NATO partners view Steadfast Jazz as one of the most important NATO training events in recent memory. It is…
Backgrounder posted October 25, 2013
The Baltic States: Why the United States Must Strengthen Security Cooperation
The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have proven to be staunch American allies since they regained their independence in the early 1990s. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, each has made huge progress in implementing democracy, rule of law, economic freedom, and developing a strong national defense. They accomplished this by aligning themselves with…