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Corruption in the Zambian Construction Sector: The China Factor

by Rueben Lifukavia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The construction sector remains a major contributor to Zambia’s gross domestic product (GDP). The country continues to invest in large-scale public infrastructure as part of its economic development agenda. This sector has attracted foreign construction companies, particularly from China. The growth of the sector has, however, also seen an increase in corruption. Is corruption any different in this sector following the involvement of Chinese companies?

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The Trappings of the Mauritius Safe City Project

by Roukaya Kasenallyvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Mauritius Safe City Project (MSCP), financed by a loan from China, has from the outset been shrouded in opacity. The MSCP resembles other projects across Africa that are strongly linked to surveillance and control. Is China’s Big Brother model being rolled out in an island nation known to be a beacon of democracy? Why was the project pursued? Whom does it serve? Will it roll back freedom?

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The Case For Colonialism In The Middle East

by Bruce Gilleyvia The Caravan Notebook
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Modern European colonialism in the Middle East took many forms and intensities, making impossible any generalizations about its effects. Therefore, the dominant anticolonial mindset that grips studies of the region is misplaced. Any case for colonialism in the Middle East rests on evidence from places that were creations of colonialism or where deterioration of the colonial legacy has been directly proportional to the degree of postcolonial catastrophe.

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Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks In Research Collaboration With China

by Glenn Tiffert, Jeffrey Stoffvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Research collaborations with partners in authoritarian nations raise grave ethical challenges. This report examines a prestigious scientific institute in China that collaborates extensively with universities and technology firms abroad but is intimately connected to China’s mass surveillance and public security apparatuses. The report provides a framework for expanding due diligence on research partners from authoritarian nations and argues for revision and enhancement of current ethics and integrity standards.

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Why Has Democratization Bypassed The Muslim World?

by Ruud Koopmansvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Globally, democracy has expanded since the 1970s, but in the Muslim world democracies currently number fewer than ever. The essay shows that dependency on natural resources and colonial legacies provides only a limited explanation (and in the latter case a counterintuitive one). Instead, the predominance of fundamentalist versions of Islam and widespread support for fusing religion and politics have been formidable barriers towards democratic progress in the Muslim world.

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The Future Of The Republican Party: 2022, 2024, And Beyond

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Examining the deepening impact of party identification on US elections, this essay uses data from recent surveys of American voters to compare self-identified Democrats and Republicans with the median voter on a range of issues. Taking this information, it considers the future of the Republican Party in the upcoming 2022 and 2024 elections and addresses the potential effect of a Trump endorsement on any Republican candidate.

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The Business Of Knowing: Private Market Data And Contemporary Intelligence

by Klon Kitchenvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Many US federal agencies are purchasing private market data. This paper argues that US government access to at least some private market data—and the limiting of foreign access to this same information—is essential for national security. It also argues, however, for a refined awareness that acknowledges the privacy we have already lost and that implements greater government oversight and accountability.

Renewing Indigenous Economies

by Terry Anderson, Kathy Rattévia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Describes how Native American tribes can strengthen sovereignty, jurisdiction, property rights, and the rule of law to better integrate into modern economies, building a foundation for self-sufficiency and restoring dignity.

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Buying Data And The Fourth Amendment

by Orin S. Kerrvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Can governments purchase user records as an end run around the warrant requirement imposed by Carpenter v. United States? Fourth Amendment law suggests they can. Companies have common authority over their business records, which allows them to consent to a government search of their databases even when their users oppose it. A voluntary sale manifests consent, permitting the government to buy access to Carpenter-protected records without warrant or cause.

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Beyond GDP: Looking Deeper At Prosperity, Progress, And The Nature Of Value

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, November 15, 2021

A new contingent-valuation method for measuring quality of life is presented. The mainstream GDP approach fails to account for technological progress over time and—as the Stiglitz Commission found—ignores liberty, national security, and health.

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