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Hoover Digest 2011 No. 2

March 29, 2011

Now Prove It

Ten ways for Republican leaders to show they can solve America’s problems. By Keith Hennessey.

March 29, 2011

Obama Recalibrated

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Two years into the president’s term, his pedestal has been carted away. Now his administration really begins. By Fouad Ajami.

March 29, 2011

Conservatism Revived

What did the midterm elections prove? That Americans yearn for enduring principles—and dislike being pushed around. By Peter Berkowitz.

March 29, 2011

Hold the High Ground

In Washington, many are struggling to control spending and cut taxes. History is on their side. By Michael J. Boskin.

March 29, 2011

Focus on the Fed

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Although under intense political pressure, the Federal Reserve needs to return to its apolitical core mission: monetary stability. By John B. Taylor and Paul D. Ryan.

March 29, 2011

The Money-Go-Round

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More evidence that stimulus thinking is wishful thinking. By John F. Cogan and John B. Taylor.

March 29, 2011

States of Hardship

With unions, pensions, and mandates helping to do the digging, state and local governments find themselves in a hole even deeper than Washington’s. By Gary S. Becker.

March 29, 2011

The Budget Binge that Never Was?

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Federal spending may be busting out all over, but columnist Paul Krugman claims he doesn’t see it. By Charles Blahous.

March 29, 2011

Union Made

To bring government budgets back down to earth, first puncture those inflated labor contracts. By Richard A. Epstein.

March 29, 2011

Armed with the Odds

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Proposed cuts in defense spending might not harm our national security—but only if the Pentagon plays its cards right. By Thomas H. Henriksen.

March 29, 2011

Why We Spend What We Spend

The Pentagon’s budget is no ordinary line item. There are many reasons not to cut it. By Victor Davis Hanson.

March 29, 2011

Shanghai Surprise

Students in China’s largest city just aced three global assessment tests. If American education ever had a “Sputnik moment,” this is it. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

March 29, 2011

Your Child Left Behind

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In advanced math studies, not a single American state or demographic group is keeping up with the rest of the world. Hoover fellows Eric A. Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson ran the numbers. By Amanda Ripley.

March 29, 2011

Spoken Like a World Citizen

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Learning a foreign language is more than just a boot camp for future soldiers and diplomats. By Russell A. Berman.

March 29, 2011

In Harm's Way

How we misjudge the risks—and non-risks—of daily life. By Henry I. Miller.

March 29, 2011

Brown and Blue

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The new old governor of the Golden State is preparing California for budgetary penance. By Bill Whalen.

March 29, 2011

Tyranny is Not the Arabs' Fate

Ayman Nour
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Egypt’s “heroes with no names” may steer history in a direction no one expected. By Fouad Ajami.

March 29, 2011

Ingredients for a Lasting Democracy

Ousting an autocrat is only a start. The rules of power become just as important as who holds it. By Larry Diamond.

March 29, 2011

The Gates Maneuver

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The defense secretary’s great accomplishment? Not battles won or budgets protected, but making the White House see sense on Afghanistan. By Kori N. Schake.

March 29, 2011

The Palestinian Proletariat

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Permanent refugees, generation after generation: these are the fruit of a U.N. agency that blocks both peace and a Palestinian state. By Michael S. Bernstam.

March 29, 2011

Why Israel is Shunned

A shift in elite thinking leaves no room for such assertive, self-defending nation-states. By Daniel Pipes.

July 13, 2011

An Unpredictable Wind

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The causes, the players, and the likely consequences of the Arab eruptions. A conversation with Hoover fellows Peter Berkowitz, Victor Davis Hanson, and Peter Robinson.

March 29, 2011

Of Comrades and Capos

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If there’s a plot against Russia, as Vladimir Putin claims, then it’s being carried out by those already in power. By Robert Service.

March 29, 2011

Where Russia is Heading

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One step forward, two steps back. Can Russians ever achieve simple normalcy? By Mark Harrison.

March 29, 2011

But We Insist

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Not long ago, China abruptly withheld certain rare minerals from world trade. That was just the beginning. Beware China’s shifting “core interests.” By Jongryn Mo.

March 29, 2011

China at Sea

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Less flashy than stealth fighters or missiles, a versatile blue-water navy is preparing to cast China’s influence upon the waters. By David M. Slayton and Craig Hooper.

March 29, 2011

"Time is Not Our Friend"

Five things Hoover fellow Charles Blahous wants everyone to know about Social Security reform—before it’s too late. By Ryan Streeter.

March 29, 2011

The Audacity of Gimmicks

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Hoover fellow Richard A. Epstein knew Barack Obama when he was teaching at the University of Chicago. Obama has the right temperament for intellectual poker, Epstein believes, but is stuck with a bad hand. By Nick Gillespie.

March 29, 2011

A Most Ingenious Trick

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, insists that we humans must face the truth about ourselves—no matter how good it might be. An interview with Peter Robinson.

March 29, 2011

Sins of the Fathers, the Mothers, and Others

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March 29, 2011

The Multiple Futures of the Middle East

Princeton historian Bernard Lewis
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“Imperialist designs” have come to an end. Now, says the dean of Mideast studies, the Arab-Muslim lands must shape their own destinies. By Bernard Lewis.

March 29, 2011

The Man from Kinderhook

Retired Army colonel Chris Gibson
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During a distinguished Army career, Chris Gibson, who spent a year as a Hoover national security fellow, displayed brains, determination, and courage. Now he’s testing his mettle in Congress.

March 29, 2011

Once a Marine, Always a Marine

Hoover senior fellow Richard T. Burress meets with Major James Korth
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It’s been more than sixty years since he helped capture Iwo Jima, but Hoover fellow Richard T. Burress tells his old unit that some things never change. By Christopher C. Starling.

March 29, 2011

A Room Alive with Memories

Nicolas and Lascelle Meserve de Basily
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Every painting and object in the Nicolas de Basily Room tells a story. Together their story is a search for lost time. By Dennis L. Bark and Linda Bernard.

March 29, 2011

On the Cover

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