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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.

Recarving Rushmore (Updated Edition) 2014
No War for Oil 2011
Partitioning for Peace 2009
Recarving Rushmore 2008
The Empire Has No Clothes (Updated Edition) 2008
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Ivan Eland on Ranking US Presidents October 26, 2014
Ivan Eland on Germany’s Angela Merkel: Most Powerful Woman in the World October 6, 2014
Ivan Eland on RT Television: Coalition of the Killing September 24, 2014
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Ivan Eland: DEA's New Database January 21, 2015
Ivan Eland: Is Obama the Worst President Ever? November 4, 2014
Ivan Eland Discusses U.S. Intervention in Iraq on the Financial Survival Network August 20, 2014
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Whither America: A Foreign Policy Debate Among Realists, Nationalists and Internationalists 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
Warfare State to Welfare State: Conflict Causes Government to Expand at Home Fall 2013
The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex Fall 2003
The Political Economy of NATO: Past, Present and into the 21st Century Fall 2000
The U.S. Government Is Making the Problem of Islamist Extremism Worse February 23, 2015
Excessive Presidential War Power February 16, 2015
America Needs a More Focused and Restrained National Security Strategy February 10, 2015
Unauthorized Government Killing by Drones, Bombs, or Other Means Is Still Murder February 3, 2015
Obama Should Have Visited the Taj Mahal and Skipped Saudi Arabia January 29, 2015
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Beacon Blog Posts
Why Americans Should Celebrate President John Tyler February 16, 2015
New Insights into Iraq June 20, 2014
Presidents' Day February 18, 2013
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Working Papers
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