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‘Trigger Warnings’ Shackle Free Flow of Ideas Vital to Higher Education
Donald A. Downs | July 9, 2014

A Commission that Should Cause Concern
Donald A. Downs | February 27, 2008

Free Speech on Campus: Under Attack from Both Directions?
Donald A. Downs | March 28, 2005

Badger Herald Takes Bold, Courageous Free Speech Stand
Donald A. Downs | March 20, 2001

Paying the Price for Free Speech
Donald A. Downs | March 19, 2001

How Freedom, Innovation, and Incentives Do a Better Job at Building Society than Can Government
Timothy C. Draper | September 11, 2017

The Capillary Growth of Counterproductive Wars
Ivan Eland | April 13, 2018

Withdrawal from Syria Would Be Unusual Bright Spot for American Foreign Policy
Ivan Eland | April 13, 2018

Herbert Hoover Had the Best National Security Policy of the 20th Century
Ivan Eland | March 29, 2018

Does Xi Jinping’s Power Grab in China Have a Silver Lining for the World?
Ivan Eland | March 14, 2018

Talking with North Korea Can’t Hurt
Ivan Eland | February 26, 2018

Let’s Rethink U.S. Policy Toward the Af-Pak Region
Ivan Eland | January 24, 2018

Contradictions in Trump’s National Security Strategy
Ivan Eland | January 8, 2018

The Ever-Expanding War On Terror
Ivan Eland | December 11, 2017

Trump’s Another in a Long Line of Fiscally Irresponsible Republican Presidents
Ivan Eland | December 4, 2017

Spain Should Let the Catalans Decide Their Own Future
Ivan Eland | October 23, 2017

Trump Should Cut Spending, Not Taxes—at Least Not Yet
Ivan Eland | October 22, 2017

National Defense Authorization Act Should Not Be Sacrosanct
Ivan Eland | October 12, 2017

Afghanistan: The Only Good Strategy Is an Expiring One
Ivan Eland | September 6, 2017

Congress Needs to Assert the War Power Against a Dangerous President
Ivan Eland | August 20, 2017

We Have Lost the War in Afghanistan. We Should Get Out Now
Ivan Eland | August 14, 2017

Too Important for Trump’s Generals
Ivan Eland | August 4, 2017

Despite the Pall of Scandal, Some Incremental Progress during the Trump Administration
Ivan Eland | July 27, 2017

The Presidency and Country Have Sunk to New Lows
Ivan Eland | July 17, 2017

What about Trump’s Campaign Promise of ‘America First’?
Ivan Eland | July 6, 2017

Potential Savings in the Defense Budget
Ivan Eland | July 1, 2017

Tr(i)ump(h) in Saudi Arabia?
Ivan Eland | June 19, 2017

Did the Outcome of the French Election Merely Postpone Le Pen?
Ivan Eland | May 22, 2017

Not-So-Obvious Answer to Trump’s Question about Whether the Civil War Could Have Been Avoided
Ivan Eland | May 5, 2017

100-Day Standard Measures Effectiveness Rather than Success
Ivan Eland | May 1, 2017

What to Do About North Korea? Less Is More
Ivan Eland | April 14, 2017

Trump Should Be Fighting ISIS, Not Syria
Ivan Eland | April 14, 2017

If Trump Wants China to Pressure North Korea, He Must Compromise
Ivan Eland | March 31, 2017

Inconsistencies in Trump’s National Security Policies
Ivan Eland | March 24, 2017

Here We Go Again: Yet Another Debt-Expanding Republican Administration
Ivan Eland | March 6, 2017

Historically Speaking, Trump’s Foreign Policy Not All That Radical
Ivan Eland | March 3, 2017

Let Trump Be Trump with North Korea
Ivan Eland | February 20, 2017

Trump’s Entry Ban Is Unneeded and Wrong
Ivan Eland | February 8, 2017

Trump’s Inaugural Address Shows He Is Serious about Shaking Up Security Policy
Ivan Eland | February 6, 2017

NATO Is Obsolete
Trump’s Criticisms of NATO and U.S. Defense Are Both Valid and Needed

Ivan Eland | January 26, 2017

The Intelligence Community Does Need a Shake-Up
Ivan Eland | January 18, 2017

National Debt Is Our Biggest Security Threat
Ivan Eland | January 16, 2017

The Threat from China’s Lone Aircraft Carrier Has Been Overstated
Ivan Eland | January 3, 2017

Stop the Petty Jousting with China at Sea in East Asia
Ivan Eland | December 20, 2016

A Model for Making Tax Cuts Work
Ivan Eland | December 8, 2016

Presidential War Is Unconstitutional
Ivan Eland | December 1, 2016

Electoral College Is a Modern-Day Travesty for the World’s Greatest Democracy
Ivan Eland | November 22, 2016

Is Trump Already Headed Down the Path of the George W. Bush Presidency?
Ivan Eland | November 9, 2016

Russia Is Not as Much of a Threat as Depicted in the Media, but Does Need a Slap in the Face
Ivan Eland | November 2, 2016

Dealing with ISIS if Mosul Falls
Ivan Eland | October 30, 2016