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Andrew Nagorski at the Berlin Wall, early 1990, shortly after it fell
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The Outside World Will Bring Down China's Great Firewall

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 4, 2019

Thirty years ago, I was in love — with Berlin. As an impoverished British graduate student paid in weedy pounds not mighty deutschmarks, I could live there more cheaply than in Hamburg or Munich, and so I spent the summer of 1989 in a friend’s apartment in the Kurfürstenstrasse, dividing my time between the archives and journalism. West Berlin was not only inexpensive, it was fun. But the real attraction was the parallel world of “real existing socialism” next door, on the other side of the Berlin Wall.

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The Fall Of The Wall And My Years As The Spectator’s Man Behind The Iron Curtain

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Spectator
Monday, November 4, 2019

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was strictly optional. Most of the heroes of 1989 were middle-aged. The leaders of the velvet revolutions, the Vaclav Havels and Lech Walesas, had been through prison, tough times and many a defeat before this incredible victory. Sure, there were often students in the front line — blithe, unattached, unafraid; but what was most moving to me, as I talked to people in the crowds in Leipzig, Gdansk or Prague, were the older men and women who had endured so much and never believed they would see this day.

The Berlin Wall
In the News

The Fall Of The Berlin Wall With John Simpson, BBC4 — ‘Was I Wrong To Be So Optimistic?’

mentioning Timothy Garton Ashvia Financial Times
Monday, November 4, 2019

BBC’s longest-serving correspondent looks back at the tumultuous days leading up to the events and his coverage at the time.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
In the News

A Chilling Study Of The World's Worst Dictators

featuring Frank Diköttervia The Sidney Morning Herald
Friday, November 1, 2019

There is an astonishing scene in the 1994 Russian film Burnt by the Sun. A giant celebratory hot-air balloon bearing a portrait of Stalin is released at the same time, in June 1936 during the great purges, that the Soviet secret police arrest a legendary Red Army hero and "old Bolshevik". This moment juxtaposes the two elements that sustained Stalin’s Russia: public worship and political terror. They lie at the core of Frank Dikotter’s impressive and authoritative new book. Dictatorships employ violence to seize power and eliminate opposition. But to entrench themselves and survive, they also need popular consent, created and sustained through personality cults.

Analysis and Commentary

The Central Planning Myth

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 1, 2019

Friedrich Hayek pointed out that a central planner, even a smart benevolent one, can’t possibly know what he would need to know to plan an economy. The needed information exists in the minds of hundreds of millions of people.

Analysis and Commentary

New Evidence Points To Mounting Trade Policy Effects On U.S. Business Activity

by David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Nick Parkervia The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Friday, November 1, 2019

Trade worries remain at the forefront of economic news. Average tariffs on Chinese imports now stand at 21 percent, up from 3 percent in March 2018. Earlier this month, President Trump suspended plans for further tariff hikes on Chinese goods. Also this month, the U.S. is rolling out new tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of imports from Europe. On another front, fears are growing that Congress may not approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, the intended successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

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Pax Americana

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Claremont Review of Books
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

For internationalists, institutionalists, and liberals of various sorts, the past two decades have uncomfortably proved the perceptiveness of Samuel Huntington’s 1996 jeremiad The Clash of Civilizations, itself a response to Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 article “The End of History” and subsequent book. Even if civilizations per se are not clashing, that an era of revived great-power competition threatens global stability is largely recognized as the great international relations challenge of this generation.

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Democracy Is Under Attack In Post-Wall Europe – But The Spirit Of 1989 Is Fighting Back

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Europe’s velvet revolutions, a new generation is standing up to the populists.

Interviews

Niall Ferguson Says The Costs Of Brexit Will Be Significant

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about his outlook for the UK economy, the EU, Brexit, and the US-China trade war.

Interviews

Author Andrew Roberts On His New Book “Leadership In War”

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Fox News
Monday, October 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts discusses his latest book, Leadership In War: Essential Lessons From Those Who Made History.

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