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Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on ISIS, Iran, and the future of the Middle East

by Abbas Milanivia Fellow Talks
Friday, May 8, 2015

ISIS, Iran, and the future of the Middle East.

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Stanford Scholars Offer Their Own Visions Of Japan's Upcoming Statement On World War II

mentioning Henry S. Rowenvia Stanford University
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stanford scholars are urging Japan to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity to show clear, heartfelt remorse for its actions surrounding World War II. Making such amends will give Japan credibility as it seeks to assume a global leadership role well into the future, they say.

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Kotkin Crafts Comprehensive Portrait Of Stalin's Place In The World

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Princeton University
Monday, May 18, 2015

Last fall, after more than a decade of work, Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs, began to answer that question with the publication of "Stalin, vol. 1: Paradoxes of Power," the first part of his extensive, three-volume Stalin biography. Stalin's birth is noted, of course, but the first volume opens by focusing on the confluence of world events that set the stage for Stalin's rise.

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Were We Right To Take Out Saddam?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush got himself into trouble by sort of, sort of not, answering the question whether he would have supported going into Iraq in 2003 — had he known then what we know now.

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Civilization In The Crossfire

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A media that has generally consigned the advances of ISIS in Iraq and Syria to its inside pages and minor news reports, has suddenly been forced to give them full prominence, not because of the thousands of deaths that ISIS is causing but rather the threat it poses to the splendid urban architecture of Zenobia’s surviving jewel of a city, Palmyra.

Trotsky in Exile
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Book Review: 'The Man Who Loved Dogs' by Leonardo Padura | 'The Obedient Assassin' by John P. Davidson

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 7, 2014

Leon Trotsky's brutal assassination by a Stalinist agent in Mexico in August 1940 might seem an unlikely wellspring for fiction, but it has inspired more than one novelist in recent years. Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna," published in 2009, centered on an aspiring writer, a Mexican-American, who is shown joining Trotsky's Mexican household as it braces for the Kremlin's assault. In the same year, in Spanish, Leonardo Padura's "The Man Who Loved Dogs" was published, making its central figure the real-life assassin himself, Ramón Mercader. That novel is just now appearing in an English translation, alongside, coincidentally, John Davidson's Trotsky-themed "The Obedient Assassin."

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Ramadi Falls To Islamic State

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Boston Herald
Monday, May 18, 2015

"The complete withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was one of the worst diplomatic mistakes in the last decade. Anybody who knew Iraq knew that the Iraqi Army in 2011 was not going to be able to take care of itself. It’s a tragedy that was preventable. We created a vacuum and ISIS was born.” Said Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute.

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We’re Still Dumbing Down The Iraq War

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, May 18, 2015

Jeb Bush tangled himself up recently when he tried to answer a dumb question on the intelligence failures about Iraq’s WMDs and their role in going to war with Saddam Hussein in 2003. I’m not interested in the media’s usual pointless chatter about the incident. More troubling is the continuing dumbing down of the context and circumstances that surrounded the decision to go to war.

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Hoover Fellow Jim Mattis Discusses The State Of The World At The Heritage Foundation

with General Jim Mattisvia Heritage Foundation
Thursday, May 14, 2015

General Jim Mattis, an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, examines the current state of the world, how it has come to be, where it is going, and what role the United States has to play.

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Book Review: Deadly Metal Rain: The Legality Of Flechette Weapons In International Law By Eitan Barak

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Flechettes are an antipersonnel weapon consisting of many small, solid metal projectiles with fins — hence the name “flechettes.” The fins give the metal projectiles greater stability in flight and more penetrative impact than would be true of other shrapnel fragments or round metal balls, once packed into an explosive canister and launched from an aerial platform or ground weapon such as artillery.


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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.