EPPC Briefly: The Deal Obama Should Have Made With Cuba
February 5, 2015
February 5, 2015
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The Deal Obama Should Have Made With Cuba In its recent negotiations with the Castro regime – whose “chief exports have been violence, terror, and subversion” – the Obama administration wasted an opportunity to secure the release of thousands of political prisoners, argues EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen.
Evangelical Challenges for Vatican Diplomacy EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel examines the task facing the pope’s diplomatic representatives in Cuba and China, whose main task is “to help maintain free space for the Church’s evangelical, sacramental, educational, and charitable missions.”
Faith Angle Forum Transcripts and Audio Available
The most recent gathering of the Faith Angle Forum – the 25th conference of EPPC’s renowned program aimed at strengthening reporting and commentary on religion and public life – featured conversations on religious conflict in the Middle East, social science, and the relationship between Christianity and science.
Click here to access full transcripts and audio recordings of the presentations and discussions between leading scholars and distinguished journalists. One particular highlight was this illuminating exchange between two former members of the George W. Bush Administration—Elliott Abrams, now with the Council on Foreign Relations, and Michael Gerson, Washington Post opinion writer—on how the United States should approach Iran and address Islamic extremism.
For more information about the Faith Angle Forum, including a roundup of media coverage of the forum and its director, EPPC Vice President Michael Cromartie, click here.
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Jeb’s Prospects EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen does some electoral math and finds that the best course for Jeb Bush – and any other candidate hoping to secure the 2016 GOP nomination – is to focus on “devising conservative solutions for the problems of the working class.” (See also EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta’s response to Mr. Olsen, in which he urges GOP candidates to “find some way to convey to voters an approach to reforming the welfare state that working-class voters and independents find acceptable.”)
Losing Liberty in an Age of Access Some pundits have heralded the so-called “sharing economy,” as Americans increasingly rely on services like Airbnb, Uber, and Zipcar, renting access to goods and services instead of buying them. In this essay from EPPC’s journal The New Atlantis, James Poulos asks whether freedom can flourish when access no longer involves ownership.
Westminster Abbey and Charlie Hebdo
Britain and France are having an especially difficult time defending themselves against jihadist violence, explains EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel, because “the vacuum in what was once the Christian culture of those societies has been filled by a kind of nihilism.”
More Fiscal Folly in the White House
EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta analyzes the president’s new budget proposal and finds that “the Obama administration’s fiscal policy is deeply flawed and risky.” (See also EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin’s “five stray thoughts” on the proposal.)
POTUS on Ukraine: A Reverie
In its public life, the Christian church “puts everything into proper perspective through its witness to the truth about the human person, human community, human origins, and human destiny,” explains EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel in First Things.
France: Obama’s Paradise
With cradle-to-grave subsidies, sclerotic labor laws, and socialized medicine, “France has everything that Barack Obama finds wanting in his own country,” observes EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen.