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Gibraltar Is British—and European

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Rock faces a new peril from Britain to add to the age-old Spanish threat. 

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Adam Smith: Moral Hypocrite?

by Russell Robertsvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Contrary to his reputation, the moral philosopher did not think that greed was good or that selfishness underlies our economic system.



by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, November 17, 2014

I enjoyed Sheilagh Ogilvie's The Economics of Guilds in the latest Journal of Economic Perspectives. Bottom line:

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Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan: Different or the Same?

by Bing West via Analysis
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From 1965 to 1972 in Vietnam, America fought both a conventional slugfest against North Vietnamese divisions and a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign against guerrillas. We conducted a COIN campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014, and a COIN campaign in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

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Review: Big Sticks

by Tod Lindbergvia Columbia Magazine
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency in 1963 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, his top priority was the large-scale program of domestic-policy reform that he would call the Great Society. As his term progressed, however, he found his attention and that of his advisers increasingly commanded by the war in Vietnam.

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Peter Robinson on Real Clear Radio Hour

interview with Peter M. Robinsonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Research Fellow Peter Robinson discusses how he became President Reagan’s speechwriter at 26, what inspired Reagan’s famous line at the Brandenburg Gate, and the behind-the-scenes controversy over those four words on Real Clear Radio Hour.

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How Financial Markets Signaled the North Would Win the Civil War

mentioning Stephen Habervia Washington Post
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

If you ever get reincarnated, make sure, as James Carville said, to come back as the bond market. That way, you'll be able to predict who'll win civil wars.

Poster Collection, US 2706, Hoover Institution Archives.
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War: Then and Now

by Bing West via Analysis
Monday, November 10, 2014

Once again, the American public has gotten it right; the results of the midterm elections were a protest against a lack of leadership. Americans expect to improve steadily their standard of living at home and to preserve our influence abroad. At home, eight years of sluggish growth and stagnant wages have irritated and concerned the public. Abroad, America is losing influence.

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Chinese-Japanese Tensions and Its Strategic Logic

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Monday, November 10, 2014

The recent tensions between China and Japan are threatening to bring the world’s top three economies—the United States, China, and Japan—into a major armed confrontation.

Podcast: Strategika – “Chinese-Japanese Tensions” with Miles Maochun Yu
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How The Fall Of The Berlin Wall Changed The World, In One Chart

quoting Larry Diamondvia Vox
Monday, November 10, 2014

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was on Sunday, an event largely understood to mark the beginning of the end of the Cold War. But the wall's fall also marks another extraordinary event in world history — the rapid spread of democracy throughout the world.


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.