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The New International Arms Race in Space—And How to Avoid It
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Did the United States test an anti-satellite weapon when it “shot down” an out-of-control spy satellite earlier this month? Or was it a precautionary measure to protect people on the ground who might have been hit with a fuel tank filled with a poisonous gas?

Recorded: Fri. March 7, 2008
Experts: Peter L. Hays, Theresa Hitchens, Jeff Kueter, Mike M. Moore
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Government Secrecy, History (International), History (U.S), Science, Technology

The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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For decades, efforts to end world poverty have focused on redistributing wealth, rather than creating it. This approach, however, has done little to foster long-term economic progress in Africa.

Recorded: Thu. February 21, 2008
Experts: George B. N. Ayittey, Benjamin Powell, Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic History and Development (International), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, History (International), Latin America, Nationalism, Property Rights, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Trade

Is the U.S. Now Provoking an Arms Race in Space?
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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The 1967 Outer Space Treaty designated space for peaceful purposes as “the province of all mankind.” Virtually all spacefaring nations now favor a new treaty to accommodate major changes in geopolitics and military technology. The United States, however, has blocked negotiations, citing potential threats to U.S. “rights, capabilities, and freedom of action.”

Recorded: Tue. February 12, 2008
Experts: Mike M. Moore
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, History (International), History (U.S), Nationalism, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises, Trade

Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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From ancient times to the present, politicians, bureaucrats, and interest groups have gained resources and control over the public by playing to people’s fears of various “crises” and by offering “solutions” that often only make problems worse.

Recorded: Thu. December 6, 2007
Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises

New Directions for Peace and Security
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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For more than a century U.S. foreign policy—whether conducted by Democrats or Republicans—has been based on the assumption that Americans’ interests are served best by intervening abroad to secure markets, fight potential enemies far from American shores, or engage in “democratic nation building.” But, what is the record of such policies, including now in Iraq?

Recorded: Tue. November 6, 2007
Experts: Carl P. Close, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, James L. Payne, Edward P. Stringham
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

Living With a Nuclear Iran and North Korea?
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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What if North Korea and Iran become nuclear states? If the United States must live with a nuclear Iran and North Korea, what policies should it adopt? Furthermore, could the U.S. change its foreign policy to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation to even more countries?

Recorded: Thu. June 21, 2007
Experts: Doug Bandow, Ivan Eland, Trita Parsi, Charles V. Peña
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

Is Wal-Mart Good or Bad for America? A Debate
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Wal-Mart’s detractors argue that Wal-Mart reduces living standards, hurts retail trade, disrupts communities, and relies on government programs to provide healthcare for many of its workers. Is Wal-Mart a force for good or evil?

Recorded: Tue. May 8, 2007
Experts: Ken Jacobs, Richard K. Vedder
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Business, Labor and Employment, Regulation and Deregulation

P.J. O’Rourke “On the Wealth of Nations”
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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America’s most provocative humorist, P. J. O’Rourke, has read pioneering economist Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, first published in 1776, “so we don’t have to”—and the results are as entertaining as they are enlightening.

Recorded: Fri. February 9, 2007
Experts: P. J. O’Rourke
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Economic Policy, Economists