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Student YouTube Channel Interviews Elan Journo

Blog The Editors | Mar 2017

Elan Journo, the Ayn Rand Institute’s director of Policy Research and foreign policy expert, recently gave a wide-ranging video interview to the student-run YouTube channel Objectivist Discussions.


Washington’s Failed War in Afghanistan

OPED by Elan Journo | Jun 2006

America’s campaign in Afghanistan was once widely hailed as a success in the “war on terror.” We have nothing more to fear from Afghanistan, our policy makers told us, because the war had accomplished its two main goals: al Qaeda and its sponsoring regime, the Taliban, were supposedly long gone, and


The Israel-Palestinian War

Article by Elan Journo | Jul 2014

The latest fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has raged now for almost three weeks. World opinion seems opposed to Israel’s actions, with anti-Israel demonstrations breaking out throughout Europe, although some groups have sided with Israel in the U.S. and Britain. The U.N. and the


Understanding the Jihadist Menace

Article by The Editors | Jun 2016

Since 9/11, ARI has argued for the need to understand and properly define the enemy that struck us. That’s a necessary condition for combatting it effectively, a point Bush and Obama’s policy failures confirm. After Orlando, Brussels, Paris, Garland, and so many other attacks, the need

"Atlas Shrugged" Still Flying Off Shelves!

WASHINGTON — New reports from Ayn Rand’s publisher indicates that sales figures for “Atlas Shrugged” are continuing a remarkable trend. In 2011 all English editions of “Atlas Shrugged” sold 445,000 copies. “This is incredible,” says Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.


What Real War Looks Like

OPED by Elan Journo | Dec 2006

The Iraq Study Group has issued many specific recommendations, but the options boil down to a maddeningly limited range: pull out or send more troops to do democracy-building and, either way, “engage” the hostile regimes in Iran and Syria. Missing from the list is the one option our self-defense


We Can’t Beat Jihadists Unless We’re Real About Their Motivations

OPED by Elan Journo | Apr 2016

March 22: suicide bombings at Brussels airport and on the city’s metro. March 27: a suicide bombing at a crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan. The differences between these attacks are considerable, and a mainstream perspective would have us focus on that data narrowly. But to understand these attacks —


“Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense

Article by Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein | Spring 2006

Authors' Note: This essay is partially based on a lecture, “The Morality of War,” delivered by Yaron Brook at numerous venues across the country including the 2004 Objectivist Summer Conference. It has been nearly five years since September 11, 2001 — the day that Islamic terrorists incinerated


San Bernardino and the Metastasizing Jihad

Blog Elan Journo | Dec 2015

From the Wall Street Journal, on the butchers who carried out last week’s attack in San Bernardino: “Agents are pursuing ‘the very real possibility’ that Ms. Malik was the catalyst for the violence, said one official. So far her husband ‘seems like someone who was searching for answers,’ the official said. . . An initial review of the couple’s online activity indicates one or both explored propaganda from al Qaeda and the Nusra Front, a terror group fighting in Syria, officials said.”


Behind the Paris Atrocity, an Enemy We Fail to Understand

Blog Elan Journo | Nov 2015

The slaughter of Parisians on November 13 was an act of war. The coordinated attacks, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, refute the notion that ISIS had been “contained” — the term Barack Obama used in a TV interview, just a few hours before the bombings and shootings began. Hardly the first time our president has understated the problem. Moreover, by carrying out attacks in the heart of Europe, far from its quasi-state in the Middle East, ISIS has upended the premise that it is mainly a regional menace. But the failure to understand the group runs deeper than just its military-operational capability.