The Ripon Forum

Volume 49, No. 3

September 2015

In this edition

By on September 10, 2015
In this edition

by LOU ZICKAR

The rise of ISIS. The expansion of China. The very real danger that Russia poses to the West. With the possible exception of China, these threats were unimaginable before 9/11. Yet today, they represent perhaps the three greatest challenges we face around the world.

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Putin’s Push for Power

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Putin’s Push for Power

by RON JOHNSON

In 2009, the Obama administration “reset” relations with Russia, an attempt at unilateral withdrawal and concession to gain cooperation from Vladimir Putin’s regime. Unfortunately, the reset has proved to be a miserable failure because Putin respects only strength.

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Is Time Working for or Against Putin?

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Is Time Working for or Against Putin?

by WILLIAM POMERANZ

Even though Vladimir Putin faces no political opposition at home, he is presiding over a troubled economy that would keep any politician up at night. What ails the Russian economy? Take your pick.

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Separating Fact from Fiction

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Separating Fact from Fiction

by NENAD PEJIC

As Russia attacks the post-World War II security structure, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is cutting through the haze of propaganda to make sure the truth is told and the message of freedom and democracy is promoted in oppressed regions of the world.

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The War on ISIS: Getting Beyond Stalemate

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The War on ISIS: Getting Beyond Stalemate

by PAUL SALEM

One year after the President announced a campaign to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an examination of what the campaign has — and has not — achieved, and what more needs to be done to restore some semblance of order in the Middle East.

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Why the Stakes are so High in the South China Sea

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Why the Stakes are so High in the South China Sea

by PATRICK M. CRONIN

The South China Sea lies at the nexus of a global economy on which the prosperity of all major trading nations depends, which is why China’s expansion in the region is so alarming, and why the United States must stand with its allies and partners across the region.

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The Price of Our Security

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The Price of Our Security

by GORDON GRAY & RACHEL HOFF

In the face of growing budget constraints, lawmakers must find a way to bridge the partisan divide and reach agreement on a plan to guarantee the nation’s security in an increasingly dangerous and volatile world.

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The Indispensable Nation

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The Indispensable Nation

by PATRICK JEPHSON

A generational struggle is underway to win a battle of ideas around the world. As the battle rages on, one country must lead the way to victory — America.

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A Lesson in Hope from Dharavi

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A Lesson in Hope from Dharavi

by ARTHUR C. BROOKS

In the past 20 years, free enterprise has transformed India. Between 1965 and 1975, per capita income in the country rose by just 0.3 percent annually. But from 2005 to 2013, that figure has more than doubled, from $740 to $1,570.

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Tackling a Troublesome Tax Code

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Tackling a Troublesome Tax Code

by JOHN THUNE & MIKE BISHOP

More than 40 states currently impose a personal income tax on income earned within their borders, regardless of the earner’s state of residency. With more Americans traveling out of state for their jobs, two Members of Congress have introduced legislation to ease this burden.

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