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Can China Conquer Crypto?

by Darrell Duffievia Foreign Affairs
Friday, April 22, 2022

[Subscription Required] Ever since Bitcoin exploded onto markets, governments around the world have been exploring how to digitize their currencies. A total of 87 countries representing over 90 percent of global GDP are researching, piloting, or deploying central bank digital currencies (CBDCs): digital versions of official paper money. 


Le pouvoir de subversion de la Chine en Afrique : un manuel pour renforcer la résilience nationale

by Glenn Tiffert, Oliver McPherson-Smithvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Dans toute l'Afrique subsaharienne, la Chine a fait irruption sur la scène en tant que partenaire de premier plan. Si cette situation offre aux nations africaines de riches opportunités, elle les expose également aux risques d'un pouvoir de subversion (« sharp power ») autoritaire et fait peser une menace sur les conditions de la démocratie dans la région. Quels sont les signaux d'alarme ? Et comment les nations africaines peuvent-elles s'engager avec la Chine tout en sauvegardant leur souveraineté et en progressant vers une gouvernance, un développement et une démocratie de bonne qualité ?

Analysis and Commentary

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Leadership Won’t Step Down

by Dinsha Mistreevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

As the brothers helming the government struggle with a spiraling economic crisis, they still have legislators and generals behind them—for now.

Co-author: Sumit Ganguly


China’s ‘Zero Covid’ Has Become Xi’s Nemesis

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, April 17, 2022

Beijing oversold its surveillance-based system of disease control and underestimated the shape-shifting virus. The result is an economic mess — though probably not a political crisis.


Why China Has Its Eye On The Falklands

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has paradoxically heightened China’s global reputation, if only because it has not yet invaded a weaker neighbor. Yet China remains a far greater threat over the long run than Russia. And recent disruptive behavior by Xi Jinping should remind London, Washington and their allies that Beijing poses not merely a regional threat, but a global one.

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Rethinking US-China Relations In The Biden Era

by Elizabeth Economyvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Elizabeth Economy identifies and explains the essential elements of devising and implementing an effective foreign policy and national security strategy toward China. 

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GoodFellows: Soft Landing: Larry Summers On Inflation, Debt, And A Looming Recession

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalen, Larry Summersvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The GoodFellows return to economics this week, coinciding with news of America’s worst inflation in over 40 years. Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury secretary and Harvard University president emeritus, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss Federal Reserve policy, government spending, and the war in Europe as contributors to America’s economic woes. They also cover the soaring national debt, a possible supply-chain crisis, economic competition with China, plus academic freedom under fire in elite universities.

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Pacific Century: Japan: Ignore It At Your Peril

interview with Noah Sneider, Michael R. Auslinvia The Pacific Century
Monday, April 11, 2022

A discussion with Noah Sneider, Tokyo bureau chief for The Economist.


The China Challenge: Response And Restatement

by Peter Berkowitzvia American Purpose
Friday, April 8, 2022

From 2019 through 2021, I served as director of the U.S. Department of State Policy Planning Staff. Its then-members contributed to researching, drafting, and editing the report The Elements of the China Challenge. On behalf of the team, I thank the distinguished experts who wrote essays for this symposium; the editors of American Purpose, who organized it; and the Hoover Institution, which co-sponsored it.

Analysis and Commentary

How Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Has Been Decades In The Making

by Dinsha Mistree, Sumit Gangulyvia South China Morning Post
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Sri Lanka has flirted with economic crises for decades, but it is now on the verge of an unmitigated catastrophe that could quickly turn into a humanitarian disaster.