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Analysis and Commentary

Deadlocked Democracies

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, December 9, 2019

What if Britain's general election ends in a tie?

Analysis and Commentary

On The Streets Of A Marginal Seat, I’ve Seen How Remain Disunity Could Seal Brexit

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Sunday, December 8, 2019

In Putney, Labour and the Lib Dems are canvassing hard. Without tactical voting here and elsewhere, both will lose out.


Black Friday And American Soft Power

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Friday, December 6, 2019

Why do Europeans resent America, even as they continue to copy it? Never mind Donald Trump. The United States is the steamroller of modernity that invents stuff, ideas, and images the world cannot resist.

In the News

Germany’s Crisis Has Been Averted. But At What Cost?

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia The Washington Post
Friday, December 6, 2019

What a way to climb down. And how very German. Having promised revolution one week, Germany’s Social Democrats called it off the next, hoping that nobody would take much notice. As so often in contemporary German politics, rupture was averted for the sake of stability, open conflict exchanged for suppressed frustration, movement foregone for stasis.

In the News

Brexit Will Ultimately Destabilise Europe, Historians Fear

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Independent
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Arguably the most important aspect of this general election’s ongoing debate on Brexit is being almost completely ignored, according to new research.

In the News

Russia To Replace Wikipedia With The 'Great Russian Encyclopaedia'

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Big Think
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The encyclopedia offers more "reliable" information than Wikipedia, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the News

“Keep Buggering On”: New Book Reveals The Human Side Of The Much-Loved Statesman

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia Hong Kong Buzz
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Andrew Roberts’ new biography, “Churchill”, is magnificent, readable and inspiring. The book may not match its subject for greatness but it certainly gives a marvelous, full portrait of the “Last Lion”. All readers of history know about Churchill’s bravery as a soldier, immense contribution to English literature and peerless leadership of Britain during the last world war (“Let us brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves…”). 


The Bookmonger Episode 275: How To Be A Dictator By Frank Dikotter

interview with Frank Diköttervia The Bookmonger
Monday, December 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Frank Dikotter discusses his book How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century.

In the News

New Conflict In Merkel’s Government Threatens Germany’s Role In Europe

quoting Josef Joffevia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 2, 2019

[Subscription Required] Tensions in chancellor’s ruling alliance approach breaking point, but it could take months for Europe’s largest economy to sort out its leadership.

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Uncommon Knowledge and the Hoover Institution Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

interview with George P. Shultzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 2, 2019


The Hoover Institution Commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.