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Is ISIS Economically and Socially Sustainable?

Policy Forum
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
4:00PM - 5:30PM

Featuring Howard J. Shatz, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Director, RAND-Initiated Research; and Jacob Shapiro, Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs, and Co-Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University; and author of The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations. Moderated by John Mueller, Senior Research Scientist, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

In 2014, a militant group calling itself the Islamic State, or ISIL, but more generally known as ISIS, attracted widespread attention with several military victories in Iraq and Syria — particularly the takeover of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Cries of alarm escalated substantially a few months later after ISIS performed and webcast several beheadings of defenseless Western hostages. Unlike other groups designated as terrorist organizations, ISIS actually seeks to hold and govern — and then expand its control over — territory. However, ISIS obtains finances by selling oil and antiquities and by extorting, or taxing, people under its control. Key to its success or failure is whether it will be able to fund itself through such activities and whether its social and economic viability can be undermined. In this panel, Howard Shatz and Jacob Shapiro will assess the degree to which the Islamic State is a viable economic and social entity, and the degree to which it is vulnerable. Please join us for a discussion on one of the most important and consequential issues the United States faces today.
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EconTalk LIVE: David Beckworth on Monetary Policy and the Great Recession

Policy Forum
Thursday, May 19, 2016
11:00AM - 12:30PM

Featuring David Beckworth, Assistant Professor, Economics, Western Kentucky University; Visiting Scholar, Mercatus Center; Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; interviewed by Russ Roberts, Host, EconTalk; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution’s Washington branch.

The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives is pleased to announce another installment of its “live” edition of EconTalk. Join Russ Roberts as he interviews David Beckworth, the author of Boom and Bust Banking: The Causes and Cures of the Great Recession and of the widely read Market Monetarist blog, Macro and Other Market Musings, on the part that the Federal Reserve and other central banks played (and the part they ought to have played) in the Great Recession.
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