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Will Ruger

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Will Ruger is vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute. Prior to joining CKI, Ruger was an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an adjunct assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ruger’s scholarly works have appeared in several academic journals, including International Studies Quarterly, Civil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. He is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and coauthor of two books on state politics, including Freedom in the 50 States, which is now in its 5th edition. Ruger has written op-eds for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and others and he has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and others. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including the board of directors of the Center for the National Interest and the advisory board of the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law.

Ruger earned his Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University. He also holds an A.B. from the College of William and Mary and is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component).

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Will Ruger Statements

The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy

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Advice for the 45th President

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Advancing American Security: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

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New Poll: This Holiday, Americans Wish for a More Peaceful Approach to Foreign Policy

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Police Body Cameras: Finding the Balance Between Accountability and Civil Liberties

Just how effective are police body cameras, and what guidelines should be in place for their use? In May 2017, the Charles Koch Institute met with The Constitution Project and Upturn to discuss.

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2017 Coverage of the Charles Koch Institute

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How to Enrich Campus Speech and Protect American Autonomy

Higher education provides college students an opportunity to refine the skills necessary for tackling competing and challenging views as well as discovering how to collaborate with those they disagree with. In the wake of seven states enacting policy to clear the way for students and scholars fostering such an open, intellectual environment, Charles Koch Institute Senior Fellow Casey Mattox issued the following statement.

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Charles Koch Institute Applauds Freedom of Information ‘Accountability Engine,’ Cites Immigration Data as Proof of Importance

As part of years of work requesting and organizing the findings of millions of public records requests, scholars at Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse discovered immigrants now wait an average of 727 days for decisions on their cases.

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Charles Koch Institute Statement on Campus Speech

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Statement on Syria

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Statement on Campus Free Speech

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The Charles Koch Institute's Statement in Response to President Trump's Address on Iran

The Charles Koch Institute’s William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s address on Iran.

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The Charles Koch Institute's Statement in Response to State of the Union Remarks on Afghanistan

In response to President Trump's statements this evening regarding Afghanistan, Charles Koch Institute's Vice President of Research and Policy and Afghanistan veteran Dr. William Ruger issued the following statement...

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The Charles Koch Institute's Statement on the Afghanistan Agreement

Following the signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban, Dr. William Ruger, Afghanistan veteran and vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, issued the following statement...

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Statement from Will Ruger in response to the President’s State of the Union remarks on Syria and Afghanistan

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Statement from Will Ruger in Response to Reports of an Initial U.S. Peace Deal with the Taliban

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, on reports that the U.S. has reached an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a drawdown of 6,000 troops.

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Statement from Will Ruger in Response to Reports of a Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, on reports of an agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

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Statement from Will Ruger on John Bolton’s White House Departure

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Charles Koch Institute, on news that national security advisor John Bolton has left the White House.

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Statement from Will Ruger on the 18th Anniversary of U.S. Engagement in Afghanistan

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at CKI, responds to the 18th anniversary of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. Read his statement.

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Statement from Will Ruger on Pullback of U.S. Troops from Syrian-Turkish Border

William Ruger, VP of Research and Policy at CKI, responds to the pullback of U.S. troops from Syrian-Turkish border. Read his statement.

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Statement from Will Ruger on 'Lessons Learned' Interviews

William Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, issued the following statement in response to an investigative report from the Washington Post demonstrating “senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign…hiding unmistakable evidence that the war had become unwinnable.”

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Statement from Will Ruger on U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad

William Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, on reports of a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.

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Statement from Will Ruger on Iraqi Parliament Vote

The Charles Koch Institute’s William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy, issued the following statement on reports of the Iraqi Parliament moving toward legislation to force U.S. troops to leave the country.

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