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Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer

Australia should place unilateral sanctions on Iran

July 15, 2019  •  Sydney Morning Herald

"Already, there is too much loose talk of war," said then-US President Barack Obama in 2012. Seven years later, that statement continues to ring true, particularly when reading analysis of US-Iran policy. In these pages, scholars are continuing to epitomise such "loose talk", putting forth a legal argument against Australia joining America in a conflict against Iran.

Fortunately for now and the foreseeable future, there is no war for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to join. America continues to call for diplomacy, even as the regime bombs vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, and even as it shoots down American drones in international skies.

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Latest Article from Clifford May

Who's afraid of nationalism?

July 11, 2019  •  The Washington Times

Is a new "age of nationalism already upon us?" That premise will be debated in Washington, July 14-16, at the "kick-off event" of the Edmund Burke Foundation, a fledgling public affairs institute dedicated to "strengthening the principles of national conservatism in Western and other democratic countries."

Appearing on stage will be dozens of conservative luminaries from government, think tanks, media and academia. A sampling: National Security Adviser John Bolton, Sen. Josh Hawley, former National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton, Peter Theil, J.D. Vance, Tucker Carlson, Rich Lowry, Christopher DeMuth, Michael Barone and Amity Shlaes. (Full disclosure: I'm on one panel.)

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Latest Article from Michael Freund

In a small Italian town, the first Jewish wedding since Talmudic times

July 11, 2019  •  The Jerusalem Post

Located along Italy's southern coastline in the region of Calabria, near the very tip of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula, the village of Bova Marina appears an unlikely place to witness Jewish history unfold.

The small town, home to just over 4,000 people, lies nestled between quiet beaches with stunning views of the Ionian Sea and rugged, untamed hills stretching out amid large tracts of agricultural farmland.

Quaint and rustic, like countless other diminutive Italian settlements in the area, there is little on the surface to suggest even the remotest connection with the people of Israel.

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Latest Article from Ilan Berman

Trump's Strategy Is Turning Europe Against Iran

July 11, 2019  •  The Hill

It's hardly a secret that European leaders dislikeDonald Trump. Over the past two years, the U.S. President's divisive personal style, and his confrontational rhetoric on everything from Europe's deficient defense spending to bilateral trade, have severely strained trans-Atlantic relations. And yet, on at least one issue — Iran — European countries are slowly but surely drifting into alignment with the White House, even if they are doing so grudgingly.

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Latest Article from Soeren Kern

European Union: Toward a European Superstate
"The EU is a Sham Democracy"

July 8, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

After weeks of frenzied backroom wrangling, European leaders on July 2 nominated four federalists to fill the top jobs of the European Union. The nominations — which must be approved by the European Parliament — send a clear signal that the pro-EU establishment has no intention of slowing its relentless march toward a European superstate, a "United States of Europe," despite a surge of anti-EU sentiment across the continent.

Following are brief profiles of the nominees for the top four positions in the next European Commission, which begins on November 1, 2019 for a period of five years.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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Latest Article from Judith Miller

Trump takes risky gamble meeting with Kim and walking into North Korea

July 1, 2019  •  Fox News

President Trump's trip Sunday to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and his historic decision to cross briefly into North Korea was a made-for-TV diplomatic spectacular. But it was also a test of whether personal diplomacy can trump (so to speak) longstanding definitions of a country's national interests by persuading North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to end his nuclear weapons program.

Foreign policy realists – and count us in – are skeptical. There is no indication so far that Kim has abandoned his goal of the North being accepted as a nuclear weapons power and getting the crippling American and United Nations economic sanctions against his isolated country lifted.

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Latest Article from Henry I. Miller , M.D.

Cost-Saving Biosimilars' Many Obstacles
Biosimilars could save vast amounts in drug expenditures--if appropriate reforms were adopted

June 28, 2019  •  Regulation

Innovating new drugs is an expensive and uncertain business, typically taking 10-12 years and costing, on average, $2.55 billion to bring a new product to market. The risks are enormous, and deserve significant financial rewards; at the same time, it's undeniable that the costs of many new, complex drugs are high and possibly unsustainable. In the near future, one critical, emerging pricing issue will be how rapid is the uptake of a blockbuster class of drugs called "biosimilars," which can be thought of as generic versions of biologics, drugs that are complex biological molecules derived from living cells. Typical biologics include vaccines, gene therapy, blood and blood components, antitoxins, and allergenic products.

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Latest Article from Uzay Bulut

The US Should Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization

June 24, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

US President Donald Trump is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), the White House announced on April 30. The spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Omer Celik, responded by saying that if the United States designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, it would "hamper democratization efforts in the Middle East and serve militant groups like Islamic State."

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Latest Article from Jeff Jacoby

Would-be presidents can't wait to rule by fiat

June 23, 2019  •  The Boston Globe

'After four years of Donald Trump," declared Senator Amy Klobuchar in a statement on Tuesday, "a new president can't wait for a bunch of congressional hearings to act." To that end, the Minnesota Democrat, who hopes to become the new president in January 2021, issued a 16-page list of all the "concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days" if she is elected to the White House.

Some of Klobuchar's promises are wholly conventional ("Visit our troops") or matters of routine management ("Reduce State Department vacancies"). A few are about as noteworthy as calling water wet ("Fill judicial vacancies").

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Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky

Lessons from Israel's First US Ambassador

June 17, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Following Harry Truman's recognition of the Provisional Government of Israel in early 1949, James McDonald was appointed the first US ambassador to the nascent Jewish state. In his memoirs, McDonald discusses Israel-Diaspora relations, which are as central today as they were in the early days of the State. This topic continues to be a source of division: witness the slanderous attacks made by Muslim Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar regarding American Jews' "dual loyalties" and the State of Israel.

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