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Ivan Eland
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.

Entries by Ivan Eland

Recognize that Iraq Is HIstory

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Oftentimes when the U.S. superpower intervenes in the business of other nations, after U.S. troops withdraw, the American people lose interest and the country disappears from the consciousness of the public. For example, after the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the exhausted and disgruntled American public no longer cared what...

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Republicans Who Blame Obama Over Iran Should Recall Bush's Role

(270) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 8:04 PM

Rather than a contest between two or three viable candidates, U.S. presidential elections have historically been a referendum on the administration holding power. With at least some awareness of this fact, Republican candidates are busy criticizing President Barack Obama's foreign policy and desperately trying to link Hillary Clinton, his former...

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Presidents Who Exceeded Their Historical Reputations

(9) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 12:08 PM

Two former presidents have recently been in the news for unfavorable reasons. Recent DNA testing showed that Republican Warren Harding, already believed to have had an extra-marital affair with at least one mistress, likely had a love child with another, perhaps confirming the second one's tell-all book about their affair...

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Scorecard on U.S. Interventionism

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Since 9/11, the United States has flailed away and attacked or invaded at least seven Muslim countries. (I say "at least" because, in contravention of the U.S. Constitution, American presidents now run secret overseas conflicts, including the latest drone wars, without public knowledge or the consent of their representatives in...

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The Republicans Need to Debate Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:23 AM

After the hysteria stirred up by the Islamic State lopping off a few heads in a faraway land, including those of a very small number of Americans, Republicans running for president fell all over themselves in beating the drums of war. That response was predictable, given public opinion polls that...

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Helping Turkey Create a Safe Zone Is Not a Good Idea

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:54 PM

The United States and Turkey have reached an agreement, long sought by the Turks, to establish a safe zone in Syria to insulate Turkey from the multi-sided civil war in Syria and to provide a sanctuary to which many of the two million Syrian refugees now in Turkey can be...

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The Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is a Good One, But Not Its Approval Method

(52) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:03 AM

It is nothing short of amazing that the Obama administration was able to get an ever-hostile Iran to drastically reduce its nuclear program, to which it has a right as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, for 10-15 years. As Ron Paul pointed out to a seemingly ignorant Rudy...

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Lessons from Obama's War in Libya

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:58 AM

In March 2011, President Barack Obama succumbed to French pressure and led the NATO alliance from behind in bombing the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. At the time, Obama was criticized for not letting the United States remain in the forefront of eliminating odious regimes through the use of military power....

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Say 'No' to Greek Financial Irresponsibility

(25) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Now that the Greek public has thumbed its nose at Greece's international creditors by voting "no" in a referendum on their most recent bailout offer, negotiations with Greece on further bailouts should be summarily terminated. Alexis Tsipras, the leftist prime minister of Greece, was audaciously attempting to use the vote...

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Let Greece Leave the Eurozone

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:32 PM

In withdrawing from negotiations with Greece's international creditors and holding a referendum on whether Greece should adopt the further austerity required by the lenders' financial aid package, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras figuratively pulled out a gun and threatened to blow a hole in the life raft that was given...

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Turmoil in the Middle East Seems Constant, and U.S. Military Intervention Only Makes It Worse

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Recently, the U.S. government has been dealt setbacks in five of the seven developing, Islamic countries in which its military recently has attacked or invaded since 9/11 -- Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen. In the other two countries, Pakistan and Somalia, the situation remains extremely unstable.

In Syria and...

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The Next President's Foreign Policy: Likely the Same Overextended American Empire

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 1:06 PM

Although the 2016 election is a year-and-a-half away, the verdict is already in on the continuation of post-World War II interventionism as the policy of choice. After the hysteria in the media induced by ISIS's beheading of a few Americans in retaliation for U.S. bombing of the group in the...

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Continued G-7 Sanctions Against Russia, But Does Russia Have a Perspective?

(8) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Recently making the news was the successful attempt by President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the G-7 summit in Germany, to get all seven industrialized nations to continue economic sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea and military meddling in eastern Ukraine, as did...

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Freedom from the PATRIOT Act

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Many Americans have been heard to mimic the media's disdain for partisan gridlock in Washington, but because Congress and the president often do the wrong thing, it's often better when nothing is done. For example, after the Congress's inaction recently allowed sections of the PATRIOT Act to lapse, I was...

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Hard Truths About Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 3:14 PM

In Washington, a town in which most people, both government and non-government employees, are involved, one way or another, in public relations spin, the thing that will get you in the most trouble is telling the simple truth. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter recently stepped in it by stating what...

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Tell the Rich Persian Gulf States to 'Go Fish'

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 2:29 PM

President Barack Obama was recently snubbed by Persian Gulf Arab leaders at a summit he threw at Camp David to pay them off for the impending U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran! By staying away and playing hard to get, the heads of four of the six Gulf States, including King...

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What Americans Should Learn From the British Election

(8) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:33 AM

Although many in the United Kingdom thought that the Conservative Party would ultimately lose control of the government to a coalition of the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party in the recent election, Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives won an outright majority of seats in parliament and...

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Republicans Should Finally Abandon Benghazi and Talk About Hillary's Other Foibles

(14) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 1:24 PM

In the new book, The Great War of Our Time (excerpts in the New York Times), Michael J. Morell, former Deputy Director of the C.I.A., exonerates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (now National Security Adviser) Susan Rice of skullduggery in dealing...

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Wars Rarely Advance Freedom: Baltimore Riot Hints that Applies Even to the Civil War

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 1:38 PM

The tragic irony of the recent rioting in Baltimore after alleged police brutality on an African American man is that the violence is a legacy of the American Civil War, which had its first violent deaths in the same location 154 years before. Some of the rioting occurred near Camden...

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Congress' Charade With the Iran Nuclear Agreement

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Apparently, Dick Cheney is not the only one who thinks the president has ceded too much of his power since the 1970s and has become too week vis-à-vis the other two branches of American government. Now, on the other end of the political spectrum, Steven Rattner, a Wall Street executive...

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