China’s success in the next five years will depend largely on how well the government manages the tensions underlying its complex agenda. In particular, China’s leaders will need to balance a muscular Communist Party, setting standards and protecting the public interest, with an empowered market, driving the economy into the future.
Russell Weigley, one of America’s leading military historians in the twentieth century, used Sherman’s 1864 scorched-earth March to the Sea that made “Georgia howl,” as an example of the American way of war. While there is some truth in Weigley’s description, he missed another aspect of the framework within which Grant and Sherman broke Confederate resistance and ended the Civil War: namely logistics and the problems that it raised for Union strategists in waging the war.
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was fought and Won. And he also talks about presidential deportment in bereavement phone calls and the status of the NeverTrump movement.
Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake notes that it is hard to have an honest, open conversation about our military affairs because any critic of the military is immediately deemed, by their opponents, to be unpatriotic.
After the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas — the deadliest in American history — debate on the place of guns in America has seen a revival across the country as well as at Stanford.
In a press conference Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly gave a 15-minute speech lecturing and scolding the media on military casualty protocol, particularly surrounding a controversy about President Trump’s phone call to a soldier’s widow, and Rep. Frederica Wilson’s criticism of it.
Since the Second World War, the centre-right and centre-left parties have played a crucial role in rebuilding democracy in Western Europe. They are also responsible for the highest growth rate and redistribution of wealth in Western European countries. But of late, things are changing: in election after election, the political discourse is gradually moving to the populist right. A significant change in traditional political system is marked by a shift from left-right political rivalry to a battle between the forces of globalisation and anti-globalisation.
When Congress addressed patent reform earlier this decade, their attempt to stop “patent trolls” culminated in a law that the National Center’s Jeff Stier says ended up being “a solution in search of a problem.” As a result, there are now patents at an increased risk of being trolled unless Congress revisits and fixes the problem.
China’s quinquennial Communist Party congresses are that rare event where ritual and dogma combine with introspection and strategy. The 19th National Congress, which began on October 18, is no exception.