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Alex Tabarrok on Private Cities

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 26, 2015

Alex Tabarrok of George Mason University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a recent paper Tabarrok co-authored with Shruti Rajagopalan on Gurgaon, a city in India that until recently had little or no municipal government. The two discuss the successes and failures of this private city, the tendency to romanticize the outcomes of market and government action, and the potential for private cities to meet growing demand for urban living in India and China.


NSA Swag Made in Pakistan

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Three years ago, Lawfare broke the important news that CIA branded gear at the CIA’s gift shop was being imported from, of all places, Pakistan.

Poster Collection, JA 108, Hoover Institution Archives.
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No Time For Disunity In Afghanistan

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Thursday, December 4, 2014

This week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani decided to fire his entire cabinet, after he and presidential runner-up Abdullah Abdullah failed to agree on a new slate of cabinet ministers. As part of the power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States in September, Abdullah Abdullah was made co-equal with Ghani in selecting the cabinet.


End Of Forever War Watch, Weekend Edition

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt report:

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Book Review: Why We Lost Iraq and Afghanistan

by Mark Moyarvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Was it the fault of the White House or naïve generals who assumed the president would commit forces indefinitely?

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Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan: Different or the Same?

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From 1965 to 1972 in Vietnam, America fought both a conventional slugfest against North Vietnamese divisions and a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign against guerrillas. We conducted a COIN campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014, and a COIN campaign in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

Who Will Speak?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today, Salman Rushdie lives in freedom. But the spirit of the fatwa—and the censor—has only grown stronger.

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Dismantling the World’s Top Kleptocracy is a Key Challenge for Afghanistan

quoting Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Monday, October 20, 2014

In the lead article to this series, I noted that success in Afghanistan will be determined by five critical variables: Political Transition and Reform, Afghan National Security Forces, Regional Diplomacy, Economic Progress, and initiation of a substantive Peace Process. This article will focus on Political Transition and Reform.

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Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show (19:11)

interview with Tunku Varadarajanvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hoover Fellow Tunku Varadarajan discusses how the Indian media is covering Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US on the John Batchelor Show.

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Modi’s Operandi

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Time Magazine
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Self-interest is at the heart of India’s new foreign policy—and that’s good for relations with the U.S.