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War Without Strategy

by Bing West via Analysis
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Forty-three percent of voters ranked the economy as the top issue in the 2014 midterm election, versus 15% who cited foreign policy. Yet 62% said they were very concerned about terrorism, the largest percentage polled since 2007, before the war turned around in Iraq. So why is the public both concerned and yet not concerned?


One Summit, Different Dreams

by Hsiao-ting Linvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Cairo Summit offered China a chance to present itself as an equal on the world stage. For Chiang Kai-shek it would lead to bitter disappointment.

Fouad’s Gift

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farewell to a friend, a guide, and a storyteller of the Arab world’s disorder.

“It Would Be My Fate to Return . . . ”

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rooted in the old world, the late Hoover fellow Fouad Ajami flourished in the new. A reflection from his final book, In This Arab Time.

“Ukraine Is Fighting Our Battle”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Five reasons the United States should send military aid to Ukraine.

Clooney of Arabia

by Lee Smithvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Movie star George Clooney has become engaged to a member of the Druze, a sect whose members have seen their own share of drama.

Will Iran and Israel Meet in the Middle?

by Abbas Milani, Israel Waismel-Manorvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In Iran, hints of a secular thaw. In Israel, the increasing prominence of religious parties. Two nations, antagonistic—and unsettled.

Economic PolicyOther Media

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.

Foreign PolicyOther Media

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.  


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.