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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Literary Window into Russia’s Chechnya Wars

by Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anyone who thinks “western values” are an arrogant fiction created to perpetuate the dominance of market democracies or whitewash their crimes should read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a heartbreakingly poignant novel about the wars in Chechnya. 

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Kevin McCarthy, the House of Representatives majority leader, on California and the nation

interview with Kevin McCarthy via Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In this Uncommon Knowledge interview, Peter sits down with House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, CA) to discuss what the majority leader does and what it takes to be one. 

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Sherman in Gaza

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

William Tecumseh Sherman 150 years ago took Atlanta before heading out on his infamous March to the Sea to make Georgia “howl.” He remains one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in American military history.

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The Libertarian: “A Libertarian Moment in American Politics?”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Is classical liberalism coming back into style?

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Strategika: “Planning for Defeat” with Kiron Skinner

by Kiron K. Skinnervia Strategika
Friday, August 15, 2014

The dangerous distance between means and ends in Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

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Strategika: “Fighting to Win” with Angelo Codevilla

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Friday, August 15, 2014

History’s lessons about military effectiveness.

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What do secret policemen really do? Insights from history and social science

by Mark Harrisonvia Fellow Talks
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Domestic spying and surveillance are rarely out of today’s headlines. How did a real-life totalitarian secret police go about watching citizens, shutting down dissent, and ensuring mass obedience? On July 24, Hoover fellow Mark Harrison brought historical records from the Hoover Archives together with modern social science to show how the KGB, the Soviet Union’s secret police,  upheld the communist monopoly of power during the Cold War.

The Libertarian: Audio
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Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Failures

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What the President’s approach to international affairs gets wrong.

Columns in the Precinct of the Priest of Poseidon, Delos, Greece
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A Quiet Mediterranean?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

From the deck of a ship on the Mediterranean, the islands that pass by appear as calm as the weather. Huge yachts, not warships, are docked in island ports. I haven’t seen a naval officer in ten days. But it has rarely been so in the sea’s brutal past.

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A Great Breakdown?

mentioning Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Monday, August 11, 2014

This month – the centenary of the outbreak of World War I – is an opportune time to reflect on big risks. As Michael Spence recently warned, the international order’s widening security deficit, reflecting the weakening of whatever global governance we have, is fast becoming the biggest risk facing the world economy. The same point could have been made a century ago.


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.