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Leading From Below

by Thomas Donnellyvia Military History in the News
Friday, September 23, 2016

Complaining about the weaknesses of European military forces has long been a favorite sport of American politicians, defense officials and pundits; this is one issue on which populists and the Establishment agree. Indeed, presidential candidate Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from NATO unless European members pay up are really only different in quantity than in quality than Barack Obama’s “free-rider” rhetoric. Many of these complaints have merit; the failure to meet the defense-spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product is to fall before a pretty low hurdle.

In the News

First GI Film Festival In San Diego Features Local Award Winning Documentaries

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia The Californian
Thursday, September 22, 2016

San Diego became the second only city in America to host the GI Film Festival San Diego. Originating in Washington DC.

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The Classicist: A Dangerous Four Months

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Why threats to America's national security will grow between now and Inauguration Day.
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Simplifying U.S. Strategy Amidst The Middle East’s Maelstrom

by Benjamin Runklevia The Caravan
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Anybody who follows foreign affairs and social media has likely seen some version of a chart entitled “A Guide to the Middle East Relationships.” The graphic shows a hopelessly tangled web of arrows illustrating the often contradictory strategic associations in the region, i.e. the United States and Iran support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war while fighting on the same side in Iraq against the Islamic State (ISIS); Turkey opposes Bashar Assad’s regime yet attacks the Kurdish militias fighting his army; Saudi Arabia and Qatar both support Syria’s Sunni rebels yet hold diametrically opposing views on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, et cetera.  

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Archiving, Preservation, And History: Eric Wakin On EconTalk

mentioning Eric Wakinvia EconLog
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What does an x-ray of Hitler's skull have in common with a jar of Ronald Reagan's jelly beans? They are both part of the Hoover Institution archives. And they remind us of our human attraction to the material, a consideration important in the world of archiving.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Today's Victors Don't Want The Spoils

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia San Diego Union-Tribune
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

At the end of my first semester as a professor many years ago, a student studying for the final exam sought me out. “I think I understand the Revolution,” she said. “But I’m not sure about the Civil War. Who won?”

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Airpower In The Middle East—A Contemporary Assessment

by David A. Deptula, Lt Gen USAF (Ret)via The Caravan
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Since the introduction of airpower as a military force just over 100 years ago, it has played a key role in shaping the geopolitical posture of the Middle East. The first example is the success of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in exerting strategic control by the use of aircraft over regions of British interest in Mesopotamia in the 1920s. A handful of RAF squadrons and a small force of troops successfully subdued rebellious tribes in Iraq.

Navy boat patrolling in the Gulf of Aqaba
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Eastern Mediterranean: Do Not Write Off States Just Yet

by Ehud Eiran, Aviad Rubinvia The Caravan
Friday, September 23, 2016

Do not write off states as power brokers in the Eastern Mediterranean maritime arena just yet. It is easy to do so. Great powers (past, present and aspiring) as well as non-state actors seem to have eroded the centrality of regional state actors in shaping the region’s maritime security environment in the last few years. 

Interviews

Larry Diamond Talks About Democracy In Decline Around The Globe On WNYC

interview with Larry Diamondvia WYNC
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about how the the early years of the 21st century might be viewed historically as the beginning of the decline of democracy itself. Through his research, Diamond has found that 27 countries experienced a breakdown in democracy between 2000 and 2015, while authoritarian governments have become increasingly emboldened and locked down. Democracy, Diamond notes, seems to have lost its appeal.

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Former Aviators And Crew Members Of The China National Aviation Corporation Visit Hoover Archives

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On September 15th, Hoover Library & Archives welcomed a group of former pilots and crew members who once flew with the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), many of whom have donated archival materials that enhance the significant holdings on modern China at Hoover Archives. CNAC was the most significant airline operating in China during the 1930s, and during World War II CNAC pilots became known for flying the route across the Himalayas known as “The Hump”—at the time, perhaps the most dangerous path of aerial travel in the world. During their visit, the former CNAC employees and their family members viewed rare archival materials from Hoover’s collections, spoke with curators and conservators about preservation and access to materials, and enjoyed a talk entitled “China’s Wings: A Conversation with Legendary Chinese National Aviation Corporation Pilots and Crew Members.”

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