Backgrounder posted August 25, 2014
America Is Ill-Served by Its Government-Funded Area Studies and Foreign Policy Programs
Midway through President Barack Obama’s second term, the United States finds itself besieged by explosive foreign policy crises, one of which has reached its own border. Despite White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s claims that the Administration has “substantially improved the tranquility of the global community,” chaos is erupting all over the world.
Issue Brief posted July 7, 2014
The U.S. Must Fulfill Its Responsibility and Support Democracy in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy and has been for many years. With almost zero tariffs, the city is completely open to international trade, has a small and efficient government with a professional civil service, and a light regulatory regime. Consequently, Hong Kong’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of $36,796 is one of the highest in the world, four…
Legal Memorandum posted May 27, 2014
The ENLIST Act: A Back Door to Instant Citizenship
Commonsense immigration policy encourages lawful immigration and discourages illegal immigration. We are, as is often said, a nation of immigrants. As Heritage Foundation scholars wrote almost a decade ago, “America has been good for immigrants, and immigrants have been good for America.” That statement remains true today.
The United States has been and continues…
Issue Brief posted April 24, 2014
Time to Reform U.S. International Broadcasting
Congressional efforts are currently under way to reorganize U.S. international broadcasting (USIB). Although the draft legislation is not publicly available, these are several key issues that any bill should address.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees most major civilian assets of USIB, is dysfunctional and should be reformed or…
Issue Brief posted April 15, 2014
The DREAM Act in the NDAA: Wrong for National and Homeland Security
Under current law, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to volunteer to serve in the United States military. If they pass the strict qualification requirements applicable to all who seek to serve, they can serve in the armed forces of the United States, and once they are in the armed forces, they may apply for expedited consideration for U.S. citizenship, which…