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It’s All in the Execution: Struggling with the Reform Agenda

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

China’s authoritative leadership small groups have met and struggled to define priorities within China’s broad reform agenda.  

China-Taiwan-United States

Cross-Strait Relations: Portrayals of Consistency: Calm on the Surface, Paddling Like Hell Underneath

by Alan D. Rombergvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

While in reality adjusting to an evolving situation both on Taiwan and in cross-Strait relations over the past few months, all parties have sought to portray their approaches as consistent and undisturbed by “some situations” that could have thrown things off course.

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Xi Jinping’s Trip to Latin America

by Michael D. Swainevia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Xi Jinping’s 10-day trip to Latin America in July 2014 constitutes an important milestone in the development of China-Latin America relations, marking the first major visit to this increasingly important region for a top Chinese leader since the extensive trip taken by Hu Jintao in 2004.  

Johan Laidoner in KGB prison in 1953 (courtesy of National Archives of Estonia)

Mark Harrison on Radio New Zealand

interview with Mark Harrisonvia Radio New Zealand
Monday, October 20, 2014

Research Fellow Mark Harrison discusses his research on the Lithuanian KGB on New Zealand Radio.

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Strategika: “Reasons for Hope: How Arab Countries Can Advance the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process” with Kori Schake

interview with Kori Schakevia Strategika
Friday, October 10, 2014

Why there is still hope for progress despite recent violence

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Strategika: “Mowing the Grass: Why Half-Measures Won’t Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” with Thomas Henriksen

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Strategika
Friday, October 10, 2014

Why Israel’s current approach to Palestinian violence can never lead to peace.

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Strategika: “The Long Conflict: Why the Israeli-Palestinian Question Won’t Be Settled Anytime Soon” with Andrew Roberts

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Strategika
Friday, October 10, 2014

Why turmoil in the Middle East will likely continue for generations to come.

Liam Fox on Uncommon Knowledge
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Liam Fox on Foreign Policy

with Liam Foxvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 9, 2014

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Liam Fox, member of Parliament and former secretary of state for defense, to discuss his new book, Rising Tides, as well as current issues regarding the purpose of NATO, Scotland’s move for independence, and the conflicts in the Middle East. 

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Is the French Revolution Our New Model?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Thursday, October 9, 2014

At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions -- the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.

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The Libertarian: “Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What will the Court’s inaction mean for the future of same-sex marriage?


Military History Working Group

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.