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Center on Peace and Liberty



  • No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East, by Ivan Eland
  • Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq, by Ivan Eland
  • Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, by Ivan Eland
  • The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed (Updated Edition), by Ivan Eland
  • Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance, by Mike Moore
  • Opposing the Crusader State: Alternatives to Global Interventionism, edited by Robert Higgs and Carl P. Close
  • Neither Liberty Nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government, by Robert Higgs
  • Depression, War and Cold War: Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity, by Robert Higgs
  • Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11, by Robert Higgs
  • Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society, by Robert Higgs
  • Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy, by William J. Watkins, Jr., with a foreword by Richard N. Rosenfeld
  • The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed, by Ivan Eland
  • Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World, by Ivan Eland
  • Arms, Politics and the Economy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Robert Higgs, with a foreword by William A. Niskanen
  • Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, by Robert Higgs

  • Articles

  • Articles by Ivan Eland
  • Articles by Anthony Gregory
  • Articles by David R. Henderson
  • Articles by Robert Higgs
  • Articles by David Isenberg
  • Articles by William Marina
  • Articles by Charles Peña
  • Articles by Charlotte Twight
  • Articles by Winslow Wheeler

  • Policy Reports

  • What Price War?: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Costs of Conflict by Anthony Gregory, May 31, 2011
  • Failure to Provide: Healthcare at the Veterans Administration by Ronald Hamowy, March 18, 2010
  • Our Own Strength Against Us: The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster by Ian S. Lustick, April 2008
  • A Diplomatic Road to Damascus: The Benefits of U.S. Engagement with Syria by Leon T. Hadar, October 2007
  • Do We Need to Go to War for Oil? by David R. Henderson, September 2007
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Post-9/11 World by Charles Peña, June 2007
  • Budgeting for Empire: The Effect of Iraq and Afghanistan on Military Forces, Budgets, and Plans by David Isenberg, January 2007
  • Congress, the Defense Budget, and Pork: A Snout-to-Tail Description of Congress’ Foremost Concern in National Security Legislation by Winslow T. Wheeler, August 2006
  • Is Future Conflict with China Avoidable? by Ivan Eland, January 2006
  • The Government’s Response to Terrorism: An Evaluation by Eric R. Taylor, December 2005
  • The Way Out of Iraq: Decentralizing the Iraqi Government by Ivan Eland, January 2005
  • Homeland Security: Learning from Japan by Edward A. Olsen, November 2004

  • Press Releases

  • National Defense Authorization Act Passes House December 15, 2011
  • The Independent Institute Releases Timely New Book: No War for Oil, by Ivan Eland November 8, 2011
  • The Independent Institute's Ivan Eland Forewarned of U.S. Strategy to Kill U.S-Born Anwar al-Awlaki, Dead After CIA-Led Drone Strike September 30, 2011
  • New Independent Institute Report Reveals Actual Costs of U.S. Mideast Wars May 31, 2011
  • Bin Laden's Death Needs Perspective Far Beyond the Grave May 2, 2011
  • Is Liberty Threatened by the Rise of Military Power in America? July 6, 2010
  • Veterans Administration Has Long Record of Negligence, Inefficiency, Failure March 18, 2010
  • Two Independent Institute Books Win 2009 “IPPY” Awards from Independent Publisher Magazine May 18, 2009
  • After a Six-Year Occupation, How Does the United States Leave Iraq? February 25, 2009
  • Think You Know Which Presidents Were Great and Why? Think Again! December 5, 2008
  • The Empire Has No Clothes Challenges U.S. Policy Of “Preemptive” Wars and “Nation Building” May 30, 2008
  • Terrorism Presents a Serious Threat—But the “War on Terror” is the Real Catastrophe April 7, 2008
  • Is the U.S. Provoking a New Cold War—In Space? January 11, 2008
  • A Diplomatic Road to Damascus September 26, 2007
  • Opposing the Crusader State September 21, 2007
  • Protecting U.S. Oil Interests? September 4, 2007
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Post-9/11 World June 21, 2007
  • How Americans Are Losing Both Freedom AND Security June 6, 2007
  • Raiding the Defense Budget to Fund Local Pork February 17, 2007
  • $1000 Popcorn Poppers February 1, 2007
  • The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs December 6, 2006
  • New Book Dispels Myth that Wars Boost the Economy Novermber 6, 2006
  • National Security Expert Charles Peña Joins the Independent Institute to Address Escalating Terrorism and Nuclear Proliferation October 16, 2006
  • Is Conflict with China Inevitable? May 26, 2006
  • State of the Union February 1, 2006
  • Libby Indictment Has Far Reaching Implications for U.S. Intelligence Around the World October 28, 2005
  • Passage Of Iraq’s Constitution Likely To Inflame Sunni Insurgency October 19, 2005
  • New Book by the Foremost Authority on War and Government Power Examines Post-9/11 America October 12, 2005
  • U.S. Defense Policy Expert Ivan Eland says Bush Speech Fails to Offer Solutions for Iraq in Face of Escalating Insurgency June 29, 2005
  • New Policy Report Suggests Confederation or Partition May Be Best Solution for Iraq January 24, 2005
  • New Book Challenges U.S. Policy Of “Pre-Emptive” Wars and “Nation Building” October 1, 2004
  • New Book on Empire Building to Be Showcased at Reception on October 20 September 20, 2004
  • 9/11 Commission’s Recommendations for new Counter-Terrorism Center will not Improve Intelligence July 22, 2004
  • Decentralized Government Could Be Best Hope for Self-Determination and True Sovereignty in Iraq June 30, 2004
  • Statement of Institute’s Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy on President Bush’s Speech May 25, 2004
  • Statement by Center on Peace & Liberty Director on Killings of Uday and Qusay Hussein September 23, 2003
  • New Report Card on Administration’s War on Terrorism Gives Few Passing Grades, According to National Security Expert September 8, 2003
  • Statement on the Bombings of Baghdad, Jerusalem August 19, 2003
  • Statement by Center on Peace & Liberty Director on Killings of Uday and Qusay Hussein July 23, 2003
  • Statement on the White House’s Admission of Error on Iraq’s Attempt to Get Uranium from Africa Foreign Policy Senior Fellow: What Else Are They Lying About? July 8, 2003
  • Statement on the Possibility of Sending Troops to Liberia July 3, 2003
  • Independent Institute Unveils New Website Highlights Growth and Span of Government and War Crises July 1, 2003
  • Statement of Institute’s Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy: Potential on U.S. Involvement in Syria April 14, 2003
  • National Security Expert Ivan Eland Joins The Independent Institute to Head Its New Center on Peace and Liberty at a Moment of International Crisis March 3, 2003

  • Events

  • Can the U.S. Withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq? (12/9/09)
  • What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors (4/7/09)
  • Bush, Obama, and Presidential Power (1/7/09)
  • Is the “War on Terror” Creating Terrorism? (4/15/2008)
  • The New International Arms Race in Space—And How to Avoid It (3/7/08)
  • Is the U.S. Now Provoking an Arms Race in Space? (2/21/08)
  • Is the U.S. Provoking an Arms Race in Space? (1/9/08)
  • New Directions for Peace and Security (11/6/07)
  • Troop Withdrawal: Looking Beyond Iraq (9/21/07)
  • Living With a Nuclear Iran and North Korea? (6/21/07)
  • The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs (12/6/06)
  • The Reality and Legacy of the Iraq War (10/17/06)
  • How to Really Win the War on Terrorism (9/22/06)
  • What Should the U.S. Do about China? (5/17/06)
  • Robert Higgs Czech Lectures (5/1/06)
  • Innovative Solutions for Iraq: Independent Policy Forum & Open House Reception (2/16/06)
  • The War on Terror: Implications for Domestic Security and Civil Liberties (11/17/05)
  • How—And How Not—To Fight Terrorism (3/1/05)
  • The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed (10/28/04)
  • Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society (9/29/04)
  • The Future of Iraq: Democracy or Quagmire? (6/17/04)
  • PATRIOT Acts I and II: The New Assault on Liberty? (11/13/03)
  • Preemptive War Strategy: A New U.S. Empire? (6/25/03)
  • Secrecy, Freedom and Empire: Lessons for Today from Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (10/23/02)
  • The U.S. War on Terrorism: Myths and Realities (9/24/02)
  • Big Brother is Watching (6/6/02)
  • Understanding America’s Terrorist Crisis: What Should Be Done? (4/18/02)

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