Dr. Tom G. Palmer's Update from the Field: Defending Liberty from ISIS, Populism, and Our Own Stupidity

The world seems like an increasingly dangerous place these days. We hear constant news stories of the growth of the terrorist cult ISIS attacks in Nice, Brussels, Istanbul, Orlando; and political unrest in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, and Brazil. But, there is good news. What the media does not tell you is that there are principled freedom champions fighting back on these fronts, spreading the ideas of liberty in the face of impossible odds. At Atlas Network we seek out these courageous leaders, help them start their own organizations and train them on how to be effective advocates of liberty.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network's executive vice president for international relations, travels the world working with these brave individuals. He will explain the challenges that friends of liberty face and how we are fighting back.


Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.