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We Participated In INF Negotiations. Abandoning It Threatens Our Very Existence.

by Mikhail Gorbachev, George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

More than 30 years have passed since the day the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union, meeting in Geneva, adopted a joint statement declaring that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” It was more than just rhetoric. Less than a year later, in Reykjavik, Iceland, they agreed on the parameters of future treaties on the elimination of intermediate-range nuclear forces, or INF, and the radical reduction of strategic nuclear arms. A year after that, in 1987, the first of these treaties was signed in Washington. 

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Iran Must Free Farhad Meysami, A Nonviolent Fighter For Human Rights

by Abbas Milani, Larry Diamond, Francis Fukuyama, Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In recent weeks, moral outrage has been stirred by the barbaric war that Saudi Arabia has waged in Yemen, by the Saudi government’s brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and by President Trump’s failure to condemn and sanction these offenses, out of concern for damaging economic interests, real or exaggerated. At the same time, however, another human tragedy has been gathering in Iran, and it is one we might still avert, before it is too late.

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Taylor On China And Trade And Ideas

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tim Taylor, also reviewing Summers on China, makes a few excellent points. Growth comes from within. Trade is not conquest.

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The Perpetual Presidency

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Former President Barack Obama recently continued his series of public broadsides against his successor, Donald Trump. Obama’s charges are paradoxical. On one hand, Obama seems to believe that he, rather than Trump, should be credited with the current economic boom and the emergence of the United States as the world’s largest energy producer. But Obama also has charged that Trump’s policies are pernicious and failing.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Latest California Fashion Craze: Tinfoil Hats

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 6, 2018

There’s something about close elections and unexpected results that breeds conspiracy theories.

Analysis and Commentary

Do I Deserve What I Have? Part II

by Russell Robertsvia Medium
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In Part I of this essay, I tried to make the case that I do not deserve the standard of living I currently enjoy, particularly compared to the woman, Bianca, who shined my shoes the other day. Yes, I have more marketable skills than she has, but as I wrote before, that does not mean I deserve a higher standard of living in any fundamental sense. So a legitimate argument can be made that even though I pay a substantial amount of tax on my income and Bianca almost surely receives some benefits from government programs, a substantially higher tax can be justified on grounds of justice.

Analysis and Commentary

Talking Millennials Out Of Socialism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Writing last week about the new affection for socialism on the part of Millellenials, electoral maven Karl Rove warned us not to ignore or dismiss this enthusiasm. Socialism’s long record of failure “doesn’t mean new forms of socialism can’t gain a following.” Rove’s solution is for Republicans to “do the hard work of updating old arguments,” and “hone their arguments” against socialist policies in preparation for the 2020 presidential race.

Analysis and Commentary

To Improve Educational Practice, Let Researchers Peek Into The Black Box Of The Classroom

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

I’m in the middle of a series of posts looking at how we might usher in a “Golden Age of Educational Practice” now that big new policy initiatives appear to be on ice. Last week I claimed that all of the possibilities that might work at scale entail various investments in innovation and R&D. Such efforts will only be successful, though, with exponentially better insight into what’s actually happening in the classroom.

Analysis and Commentary

Restoring Religion’s Role In Foreign And Domestic Policy In Erdogan’s Turkey

by Henri J. Barkeyvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 6, 2018

“Turkey is the only country that can lead the Muslim World,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently claimed. This simple sentence contains not only the ambitions and contradictions of Turkey’s current Islamist leadership but also the distance it has traveled back to its foundational stance. Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party, AKP, emerged from the bosom of the hardline Islamist leader Necmettin Erbakan and his Muslim Brotherhood inspired movement and political party of the 1970s. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Man Of His Times

by Giselle Donnellyvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The passing of president George Herbert Walker Bush has, inevitably, recalled his role in the most momentous moments of the late 20th century: the fall of the Berlin Wall in the fall of 1989 and the complete collapse of the Soviet empire two years later. That this came about peacefully is still something of a wonder, and is alone more than enough to enshrine our 41st president as a superb statesman.

Analysis and Commentary

Credit Recovery: Good Intentions, Poor Execution

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Last May, Slate ran an eight-part series exploring the rise in online learning for high school students who had failed a course. One of the articles included a screenshot of this tweet with identifying information removed: “If anyone wants to go online and do my chemistry credit recovery, I’d be more than happy to give you my username and password.”

Analysis and Commentary

Religion And Politics In Israel

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 6, 2018

A complex relationship between religion and politics is inherent in Israel’s character as a Jewish state. The term Jewish denotes both a religion and an ethnicity, and, for the past seventy years, Israel’s leaders have had to deal with a host of issues regarding religion’s role in the life and politics of the Jewish state.

Analysis and Commentary

Karl Marx On Modern Retirement And As Early Julian Simon

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m enjoying David Warsh’s Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations immensely. I’ll be posting highlights over the next few days. Discussing Karl Marx’s ideas about socialism, Warsh writes: It was at this point in the argument that the arm-waving began in earnest.

Interviews
Interviews

John Cochrane On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John H. Cochrane via The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane discusses his Hill article "Trump should send China flowers, not tariffs."

Interviews

Condoleezza Rice Reflects On The Power Of George H.W. Bush's Humility

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CBS
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice talks about George H.W. Bush she reminisces about Bush's humility and how much he valued people, relationships, and family.

Interviews

China And The Global Challenge To Democracy: A Conversation With Larry Diamond

interview with Larry Diamondvia Power 3.0
Monday, December 3, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic, and social institutions of democracies, including subnational governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and ethnic Chinese communities.

In the News
In the News

Former Russian Ambassador Comes To Hawk Hill

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Hawk
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Michael McFaul, former United States ambassador to the Russian Federation gave a keynote lecture in Doyle Banquet Hall of Campion Student Center on Dec. 5. McFaul is the author of “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” and spoke about his time as an ambassador in 2012-2014 and how the U.S. and Russian relationship has developed.

In the News

Panel Talks Digital Economy, Drug Violence In Latin America At Hoover Event

quoting George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On Monday, the Hoover Institution held a panel discussion on Latin America’s upcoming governance challenges as a part of its series “Governance in an Emerging World.” The event focused on demographic shifts, the digital economy and drug violence and highlighted the potential for privately-funded, micro-level solutions in meeting government service delivery.

In the News

Tariffs Aren’t Trump’s Only Trade War Weapon

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

President Donald Trump has used tariffs as one of his most powerful tools for fighting his trade wars, but he’s also wielding leverage with another weapon: uncertainty.

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EU’s Vestager Urged To Probe How Tech Giants Cash In On Ads

quoting Nicolas Petitvia The Star Online
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

European Union antitrust enforcers are being urged to scrutinize how ads fuel profits at tech giants such as Google and Facebook Inc as watchdogs from France to Australia start to investigate how the market works.

In the News

Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent To Speak At NYU Abu Dhabi Institute In December

mentioning Thomas J. Sargentvia NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Thursday, December 6, 2018

The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute (The Institute) is pleased to announce a public program of events free of charge throughout the month of December, marking the end of its tenth anniversary season. Events include visiting NYUAD faculty and Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent’s talk titled US Tariff and Trade Policies: Then and Now, where he will discuss the forces and interests have determined the US government’s trade and tariff policies since 1776. Sargent currently teaches a course on quantitative economics at NYU Abu Dhabi.