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Nov 13, 2013 0 Comments

Joseph Humire on What’s at stake for Central America Speech / Presentations


Joseph Humire speaks at the Heritage Foundation about insecurity in Honduras and upcoming elections.


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Oct 23, 2013 0 Comments

Is Iran Killing the U.S. With Kindness? Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

Obama shouldn’t be fooled by the Iranian president’s charm offensive

One negotiating tactic for prying desired results from important yet reluctant people is the time-tested principle of “killing them with kindness.” Charming others to your side is generally well received, and can produce win-win scenarios.

Though what if one side only wants to trick the other into lowering its guard so it can achieve goals at the other’s expense?  In the business world, it happens often. Like buying a lemon from a used car salesman – the guy who was so incredibly nice! But nations also play this game. Japanese diplomats infamously delivered a memo to the State Department in Washington on the afternoon of Dec. 7, 1941 stating that Tokyo was breaking off negotiations. Too bad it came an hour after Pacific Fleet battleships were being sunk at Pearl Harbor.

Fast forward to 2013.

Iran has suddenly taken a kinder, gentler approach to the West. Newly elected President Hasan Rouhani is communicating directly with President Barack Obama. He’s signaled compromise over Tehran’s nuclear program, freed political prisoners and replaced the military with the foreign ministry to lead nuclear negotiations. His boss, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, even saluted Jews worldwide by tweeting Rosh Hashanah well wishes.

But is it all for show?

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Oct 23, 2013 0 Comments

Freedom Is Not Free: How Should Think Tanks Address The National Security Question? Articles / Opinion Editorials


The unhindered movement of money, goods and people are essential aspects of economic freedom. These same freedoms, however, can be used for violent purposes by national or international aggressors. The same freedom that allows the government to pull back money from a country known to seize private deposits, can be used to launder money from kidnappings or terrorist activities. The same smuggling, that helps one avoid customs when buying something, can be used to smuggle a shoulder missile. Security is key component of economic freedom.

The 9/11 attacks, a failure in national security, changed the dynamics of the economic discussion in the United States. We are still paying the costs. I followed this impact on immigration, trade and monetary policy. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was in the U.S. days before the attack to help consolidate an immigration reform policy. The U.S. was advancing to push free trade in the Americas. A high level Argentinean delegation was also in Washington to help seal an agreement. After 9/11, major concerns of war creating a possible recession encouraged the continuity of an easy monetary policy. These policies, kept in place because of failed national security, fueled massive spending and enabled the 2008 bubble.

Other mishaps in national security can completely shift the economic debate. Take for exampleBitcoin, the electronic payment system which is out of reach of central authorities. Just imagine the impact of a terrorist organization taking advantage of one of its features to pass money to finance a major operation.

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