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Ivan Eland
Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Peace and Liberty
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Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at the Independent Institute. Dr. Eland is a graduate of Iowa State University and received an M.B.A. in applied economics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University. He has been Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and he spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He also has served as Evaluator-in-Charge (national security and intelligence) for the U.S. General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office), and has testified on the military and financial aspects of NATO expansion before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on CIA oversight before the House Government Reform Committee, and on the creation of the Department of Homeland Security before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dr. Eland is the author of Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed and Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy, as well as The Efficacy of Economic Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Tool. He is a contributor to numerous volumes and the author of 45 in-depth studies on national security issues.

His articles have appeared in American Prospect, Arms Control Today, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Emory Law Journal, The Independent Review, Issues in Science and Technology (National Academy of Sciences), Mediterranean Quarterly, Middle East and International Review, Middle East Policy, Nexus, Chronicle of Higher Education, American Conservative, International Journal of World Peace, and Northwestern Journal of International Affairs. Dr. Eland's popular writings have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Miami Herald, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Newsday, Sacramento Bee, Orange County Register, Washington Times, Providence Journal, The Hill, and Defense News. He has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight,  NPR's Talk of the Nation,  PBS, Fox News Channel, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, CNN Crossfire,  CNN-fn, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), Canadian TV (CTV), Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, BBC, and other local, national, and international TV and radio programs.

Books
Eleven Presidents 2017
Recarving Rushmore (Updated Edition) 2014
No War for Oil 2011
Partitioning for Peace 2009
The Empire Has No Clothes (Updated Edition) 2008
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Video
“North Korea/China Relations” Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on CNBC March 28, 2018
Battle for Independence in Catalonia: Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland Appears on Fox Business Network October 27, 2017
Isolating North Korea. Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland Appears on the Fox Business Network September 26, 2017
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Audio
“North Korea/US Talks Update” Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland Appears on WGN Radio in Chicago March 12, 2018
Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland Appears on WVLK Radio in ​Lexington, KY March 9, 2018
Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland on Jim Bohannon Radio Show about Trump's First State of the Union Address February 2, 2018
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Events
Whither America May 6, 2014
Can the U.S. Withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq? December 9, 2009
What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors April 7, 2009
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Independent Review Articles
“Independent Internationalism” and the Military Forces Needed for It Fall 2016
Suicide Pact Fall 2015
Warfare State to Welfare State Fall 2013
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Commentary Articles
Withdrawal from Syria Would Be Unusual Bright Spot for American Foreign Policy April 13, 2018
The Capillary Growth of Counterproductive Wars April 13, 2018
Herbert Hoover Had the Best National Security Policy of the 20th Century March 29, 2018
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Beacon Blog Posts
Debate: Hillary Clinton's Judgment, as Secretary of State October 14, 2015
Why Americans Should Celebrate President John Tyler February 16, 2015
New Insights into Iraq June 20, 2014
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Working Paper
Is Future Conflict with China Unavoidable? January 19, 2006
Policy Reports
Is Future Conflict with China Avoidable? January 20, 2006
The Way Out of Iraq January 14, 2005



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