The United States is about to pour money into Russian toxic weapons labs. The intention? Converting the labs to peacetime purposes. At least that's the American intention. The Russians may have other ideas. By Hoover fellow Richard Staar.
Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman examines one of the darker corners of Soviet history, describing how the Communists "annexed the written word--fiction, nonfiction, plays, essays, short stories, everything--to the party apparat."
When the Soviet Union collapsed, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary made quick transitions to democracy and free markets. Yet Russia itself failed to do so. Why? Hoover fellow Robert Conquest explains, drawing on eight centuries of Russian history and his own lifetime of study.
Hoover honorary fellow Margaret Thatcher wonders whether she did the right thing when she signed the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, under the terms of which Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule. She doesn't wonder long.
As a proportion of Russia's overall budget, defense has been shrinking steadily in recent years. Or has it? Hoover fellow Richard F. Staar argues that Russia has actually more than doubled its spending on one aspect of defense, research and development.
In the face of high, chronic unemployment, European politicians are blaming high technology for stealing jobs. Nobel Prize–winner and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker argues that, instead, they should blame the big governments they built.
The good news about last year's presidential election in Russia is that communism was defeated forever. The bad news is what won. Hoover fellow Michael A. McFaul examines the present state of Russian democracy.
These reflections on interrelated issues of concern to Europe and America by five distinguished authors from England, France, Germany, and the United States address complex questions in a post—cold war world.