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Ivan Eland
Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Peace and Liberty

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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.

Books
Recarving Rushmore (Updated Edition) 2014
No War for Oil 2011
Partitioning for Peace 2009
Recarving Rushmore 2008
The Empire Has No Clothes (Updated Edition) 2008
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Video
Interview with Ivan Eland on Saudi-Iran Tensions January 4, 2016
Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on COP21 Security November 28, 2015
Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on the Paris Attacks and the Endless Cycle of Terrorism November 17, 2015
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Audio
Obama’s Historic Visit To Cuba is the Right Policy March 23, 2016
Stop Demonizing China: Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on KTRS Radio’s Larry Conners USA Program February 2, 2016
Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland Interviewed on Doug Stephan’s Good Day Radio Show August 6, 2015
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Events
Whither America May 6, 2014
Can the U.S. Withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq? December 9, 2009
What President Obama Should Learn from His Predecessors April 7, 2009
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Independent Review Articles
Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty Fall 2015
Warfare State to Welfare State: Conflict Causes Government to Expand at Home Fall 2013
The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex Fall 2003
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Commentary
Should Police Use Bombs to Kill Criminals? July 18, 2016
At Their Own Peril, Americans Are Fuzzy on History July 5, 2016
How About an Amerexit from NATO and Other One-Sided Military Alliances? June 27, 2016
Hillary’s Foreign Policy Is Scarier than Trump’s June 21, 2016
The “Experts” Are Wrong in Advocating Escalation in Syria June 20, 2016
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Beacon Blog Posts
Debate: Hillary Clinton's Judgment, as Secretary of State October 14, 2015
Why Americans Should Celebrate President John Tyler February 16, 2015
New Insights into Iraq June 20, 2014
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Working Paper
Is Future Conflict with China Unavoidable? January 19, 2006
Policy Reports
Is Future Conflict with China Avoidable? January 20, 2006
The Way Out of Iraq January 14, 2005