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Analysis and Commentary

The Pros And Cons Of Trump’s Tariffs On Chinese Products

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, July 22, 2019

In July-August 2018, President Trump imposed 25% tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese high-tech goods imported into the United States.  He followed in September with 10% tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese products, which he subsequently raised to 25% on May 10, 2019.  The additional $200 billion of Chinese imports included lamps, air conditioners, vacuums, personal grooming items, handbags, raincoats, knitted hats, baseball gloves, headgear, bicycles, tuna, halibut, salmon, pears, dog leashes, collars, harnesses, diaries, toilet paper, tobacco, hammers, faucets, screwdrivers, and other consumer goods.

In the News

Yes, Dictators Are Ascendant. But People All Over The World Are Fighting Back.

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Washington Post
Sunday, July 21, 2019

By now it’s old news that the world is living through a retreat of democracy. For a dozen consecutive years, the number of countries where liberty has declined has exceeded those where it has expanded, according to Freedom House. Autocrats are stepping up repression; populist movements are rising in Europe and the United States. China and Russia are offering new models of high-tech dictatorship.

Interviews

Niall Ferguson: The U.S. Is Entering A New Cold War With China

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Dallas News
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about what he considers an emerging Cold War with China. This Cold War may be more difficult, he says, but the US can prevail by appealing to the Chinese people, many of whom appreciate our democratic capitalism.

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Strategika Issue 59: U.S.–China Trade Tensions

via Strategika
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Strategika Issue 59 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

In the News

Beijing Diplomats Now Tap Into The World Of Tweeting

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Standard
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Chinese diplomats are increasingly turning to Twitter to defend Beijing's policies to the international community, taking combative stances and courting controversy on a platform banned in their own country. While officials typically stay away from sharing views on social media, a tweetstorm from a Pakistan-based diplomat is raising eyebrows.

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America’s Values Will Help Win A New Cold War

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Catalyst
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what he considers an emerging Cold War with China. This Cold War may be more difficult, he says, but the US can prevail by appealing to the Chinese people, many of whom appreciate our democratic capitalism. Our values will also help the US prevail.

Interviews

The Lawfare Podcast: Larry Diamond On 'Ill Winds'

interview with Larry Diamondvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, in which he charts the rise of illiberal leaders across six continents; the growing influence of China and Russia; and how the election of Donald Trump has affected all of this. Diamond argues that, to curb rising despotism, the United States must reclaim its role as an ardent defender of global democracy. 

Analysis and Commentary

What NotPetya Tells Us About The New Era Of Cyber Warfare Two Years Later

by Jamil Jaffervia Homeland Security Today
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Last month’s two-year anniversary of the NotPetya cyber attack provides a unique opportunity to assess some of the key strategic lessons learned from the attack and what might be done on a national level to address the threat of similar attacks going forward. Perhaps the most distinctive outcome of the NotPetya attack was the sheer scale of the economic damage it caused worldwide – estimated to be over $10 billion – and the fact that the damage was borne not by intended targets of the attack, but rather by a series of private-sector companies largely unconnected to Ukraine.

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“It’s Not the End of the World”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

We can handle rising temperatures—if only everyone would calm down and think. Hoover visiting fellow Bjorn Lomborg on climate change and sweet reason.

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Kim Already Has What He Wants

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Since peaceful change would threaten his very survival, Kim Jong Un is prepared to hold the world at gunpoint indefinitely.

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