Despite opinion to the contrary, our nation’s intelligence services are not broken, nor can they be “fixed” simply by reshuffling the CIA’s organizational chart. The true strengths—and limitations—of our country’s spy agencies. By Richard A. Posner.
This past spring voters in France and the Netherlands rejected the new constitution for the European Union—and dealt a stinging rebuff to French president Jacques Chirac. Can Chirac recover? By Patrick Chamorel.
Tony Blair’s political career has survived more upheavals than that of any politician since Bill Clinton. The question in Britain at the moment? How many of his nine lives Blair has left. By Gerald A. Dorfman.
Three years after the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush administration is being pressed by school administrators, teachers unions, and politicians to ease up on enforcement. With this many critics, NCLB must be doing something right. By John E. Chubb.
The Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954 was supposed to have improved educational opportunities for minorities. Yet in many ways the educational chasm between minority and non-minority schoolchildren is as great now as it was then. By Clint Bolick.
During World War II, personal relations between Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese Nationalist leader, and General Joseph Stilwell, America’s top military adviser to China, grew famously acrimonious. The strained relationship, some have argued, may have had dire consequences for the Nationalists, who lost the Chinese civil war to the Communists in 1949.
Newly opened documents in the Hoover Institution Archives of T. V. Soong, one of Chiang’s closest aides, shed new light on the matter. Chiang, the documents show, considered firing Stilwell as early as 1942—and had the blessing of top American officials to do so—but ultimately chose not to. Had Stilwell been replaced, might history have been different? Tai-Chun Kuo, Hsiao-Ting Lin, and Ramon H. Myers consider one of history’s most intriguing “what-ifs.”