Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio show on KTRS. Eland says the 50 years of trying to get rid of the Castro brothers has not worked and its time for a different policy. Now that the Cold War is over, says Eland, Cubas future may be democracy, but not all countries would make good democracies. Cuba must open its economy in some way, he says, because the country needs capital.
Aired on March 11, 2016, television personality John Stossel (Host of Stossel on Fox Business) presented the ten worst political promises from the US candidates like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz among others. Benjamin Powell, Research Fellow of Independent Institute was invited to analyze these promises.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the New York Times have recently demonized China for its relationship with Iran, but Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland cautions against such rhetoric. Economically, China is not much of a threat, says Eland. Chinas thirst for oil might actually help drive down the price of oil. Criticizing China for human rights violations usually leads to a backlash that harms dissidents. Chinas territorial claims in the South China Seas are too far away for the US to be concerned about, says Eland. China is often seen as the evil enemy some politicians in the US need to appear as if they are strong candidates.
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow of the Independent Institute, is interviewed by TRT World about the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran following the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi Arabian government.
What is the cost of the long approval process for potentially life-saving drugs by the FDA? The approval process can take up to 12 years and cost $1 billion. But there are other costs. Patients arent able to take drugs that arent approved and they might die or become more ill. Another cost is that a potential drug maker might not want to take the financial risk of taking a drug to market. Powell recommends testing drugs but possibly making drugs "FDA recommended", rather than "FDA approved." Whats needed is competition and markets to help patients and entrepreneurs, says Powell.
Senior Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on CCTV America about security measures taken by the French Government during the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. After terrorist attacks, France has reinforced borders, mobilized 120,000 police officers, and banned large marches that had been planned to coincide with the climate summit.
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute and author of No War for Oil is interviewed by Thom Hartman for The Big Picture on RT on the terrorist attacks in Paris. He discusses the endless cycle of terrorism in the Middle East and how France can avoid making the same mistakes.
In this interview aired by WHDT World News, Ivan Eland calls by Republican governors against accepting Syrian refugees into the United States. Eland calls this nonsense, and he stresses the importance of ending American intervention in Muslim countries, while focusing on security at home.