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Can the U.S. Withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq?
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Civil strife in Iraq continues and instability may only increase after the January elections. U.S. withdrawal has become an acceptable strategy in Washington, but will it be tenable if violence escalates and Iraq unravels again?

Recorded: Wed. December 9, 2009
Experts: Ivan Eland, Peter Galbraith, Charles V. Peña
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Freedom, History (International), Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Amid the current economic and financial crises, President Obama may do well to remember the men who have come before him.

Recorded: Tue. April 7, 2009
Experts: Ivan Eland, Andrew R. Rutten
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Freedom, Government Power, History (U.S), Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Race Issues, Terrorism and National Crises

Bush, Obama, and Presidential Power
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Was George W. Bush the worst president ever? Ivan Eland examines Bush’s presidency and those of his predecessors to determine if their policies promoted peace, prosperity, and liberty while upholding the Constitution they swore to protect.

Recorded: Wed. January 7, 2009
Experts: Ivan Eland, Ron Paul, Richard Shenkman
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Freedom, Government Power, History (U.S), Nationalism, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Terrorism and National Crises

A Gala for Liberty: The Independent Institute’s Gala Reception and Dinner
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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On September 16, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor and director Andy Garcia, and entrepreneur William K. Bowes, Jr. were honored at the Independent Institute’s A Gala for Liberty. Each honoree received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award in recognition of their contributions to advancing the ideas and ideals of liberty, entrepreneurship, innovation, and peace.

Recorded: Tue. September 16, 2008
Experts: George B. N. Ayittey, Michael J. Boskin, William K. Bowes Jr., Andy Garcia, Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Collectivism, Culture/ Society, Democracy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Economic History and Development (International), Free Market Economics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government Power, History (International), Latin America, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Race Issues, Religion, Taxes, Terrorism and National Crises, Trade

What the Second Amendment Means Today
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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The Second Amendment’s right “to keep and bear arms” has been among the most controversial—and least understood—rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Did the Founders intend to safeguard an individual right or a collective right?

Recorded: Wed. July 2, 2008
Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook, Don B. Kates Jr.
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Crime, Culture/ Society, Defense and Foreign Policy, Gun Control, Law Enforcement

Is the Second Amendment an Individual Right?
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Last year, a federal appeals court overturned the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns. Now the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the case after nearly seventy years of silence on the Second Amendment.

Recorded: Mon. June 9, 2008
Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook, Joyce Lee Malcolm
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Gun Control

Is the “War on Terror” Creating Terrorism?
Posted: Wed. June 6, 2012

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Is it possible that the U.S. government’s response to the 9/11 attacks has served al-Qaeda interests? Despite the hype, U.S. law-enforcement officials have found little evidence of serious terrorist activities inside the country, compelling them to escalate their use of prosecution and entrapment to justify their enormous budgets.

Recorded: Tue. April 15, 2008
Experts: Ivan Eland, Ian S. Lustick, D. Gareth Porter
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, History (International), Terrorism and National Crises

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