The Ripon Forum

Volume 51, No. 4

Aug/Sept 2017

In this edition

By on September 5, 2017
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

Seventy years after George Marshall first laid our his plan to rebuild post-war Europe, the world is growing more dangerous, and the alliances that have long kept the peace are growing frayed.

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Eliminate the Filibuster: Trust the People

By on September 5, 2017
Eliminate the Filibuster: Trust the People

by KEVIN R. C. GUTZMAN

The Senate filibuster has got to go. It is completely contrary to American political science, and has devolved into nothing more than a minority veto – one to which the American people never consented.

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Preserve the Filibuster: Protect the People from Political Parties

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Preserve the Filibuster: Protect the People from Political Parties

by GREGORY KOGER

The right to filibuster remains because senators realize they need one informal, extraconstitutional device to limit the excesses of another extraconstitutional innovation: political parties.

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Dems Upping Game in Red Zone

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Dems Upping Game in Red Zone

by WILL MARSHALL

Donald Trump’s presidency seems to be going nowhere, but he does have one major political accomplishment – he has unified the Democrats.

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In Defense of the Difficult on Tax Reform

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In Defense of the Difficult on Tax Reform

by GORDON GRAY

Done right, tax reform will be daunting. But Republicans shouldn’t view the difficulty as an excuse to retreat from a transformative reform.

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THE KOREA CONUNDRUM

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THE KOREA CONUNDRUM

Q&A WITH CORY GARDNER

The Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia & the Pacific discusses the threat posed by North Korea and some of the other challenges facing America around the world.

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Beyond Strategic Patience: What comes next?

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Beyond Strategic Patience: What comes next?

by BRUCE W. BENNETT

The U.S. should consider pursuing a multidimensional approach to persuade Kim Jong Un that his nuclear weapons do more to jeopardize than secure his regime survival.

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America and Its Allies: Renewing the Faith

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America and Its Allies: Renewing the Faith

by ANDREW SHEARER

America will remain the world’s most powerful country for the foreseeable future, but it cannot underwrite global security on its own — and should not be expected to.

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How China Views the United States and the World

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How China Views the United States and the World

by DEAN CHENG

As Xi Jinping prepares for the 19th Party Congress, he sees a China whose place in the world is more powerful than it has been in a century, but which also faces growing challenges to its security.

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U.S. Missile Defense in a Proliferated World

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U.S. Missile Defense in a Proliferated World

by ROBERT A. MANNING

There is unlikely to ever be a dome protecting the nation from attack. But missile defense has evolved into an important part of our national defense that keeps Americans relatively safer.

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