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Back to the USSR: National Security in the Soviet Economy

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Thursday, December 18, 2014

In Moscow 18 months ago, I made some short videos for Postnauka, a Russian science and social-science video magazine. One of the videos I made was about the security dimension of the Soviet economy. Under the heading of "security" I had in mind both external (mainly military) security and internal political security.

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Book Review: The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the fiftieth anniversary at hand for the celebrated and once-controversial "Moynihan Report," the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan is back on people's minds and keyboards


Peter Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show (19:50)

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senior Fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses Suicide of the West on the John Batchelor Show.

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Lessons For Obama In A Still Relevant 1964 Text

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Obama administration's embarrassment over the exercise of U.S. power encourages the hesitant, half-hearted use of it, thereby threatening American security and global political freedom.


Mark Harrison on "More or Less"

interview with Mark Harrisonvia BBC World Service
Monday, December 15, 2014

Research Fellow Mark Harrison discusses 1920's Soviet Russia on BBC World Service's More or Less.

One of the “kill teams” employed by Moscow in the bloody suppression of the 1924

Was The Soviet 1923 Male Birth Cohort Doomed By World War II?

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tim Harford's BBC Radio programme "More or Less" asked me to comment on a claim that is widely repeated on the internet, for example on Buzzfeed:

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Suffering And Suffrage: 'Women And The Great War' On View At Stanford's Hoover Institution

featuring Hoover Institution, Eric Wakinvia Palo Alto Online
Friday, December 12, 2014

One hundred years ago this year, World War I began. On the centennial of such a significant event, museums across the world are turning to their archives to offer historical and contemporary perspectives on The Great War.

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens
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Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell on his 5th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy. In this interview, Sowell brings the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Sowell draws on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history.

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The Other America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Germany's first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was "a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America."

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Putin's New Weapon In The Ukraine Propaganda War: Internet Trolls

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The internet troll army’s selling of the Kremlin’s parallel universe to the Russian people and to a  skeptical Western audience is a matter of life and death for the Putin regime.  If the Russian people do not buy their story, Putin loses the high “ratings” on which his regime rests. If he cannot convince his Western audience, Europe and the United States will take actions that spoil his Novorossiya ventures and threaten his regime.  Trolling is a high stakes business that Putin takes seriously and the West must not underestimate.  


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.