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The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Turkey: Our Untenable Ally

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, November 7, 2019

As tensions grow in the relationship between Washington and Ankara, is the relationship worth preserving?

Featured

The Future Of A Stable Israeli Democracy

by Arye Carmonvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Political system is threatened by the absence of a constitution.

Featured

The Trump Doctrine: Deterrence Without Intervention?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The president bets that a booming economy, a beefed-up military, and U.S. energy dominance will deter enemies without the need for preemptive invasions.

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.

In the News

For Trump, Baghdadi Death A Signature Moment, But Troubles Remain

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia The Chronicle Herald
Sunday, October 27, 2019

For President Donald Trump, the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a signature achievement that may help quell growing criticism from his own ranks, but it is unlikely to offer much relief from Democratic-led scrutiny of his dealings with Ukraine.

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Area 45: Joe Felter: The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy

interview with Joseph Felter via Area 45
Monday, November 4, 2019

In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? 

In the News

Islamic State Group Names New Leader To Replace Baghdadi

quoting Cole Bunzelvia The Washington Post
Thursday, October 31, 2019
The Islamic State militant group Thursday announced the successor to its former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who U.S. officials said killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a raid last week on his hiding place in northwest Syria.
Analysis and Commentary

When It Comes To Bearing Brunt Of War’s Brutality, It’s Women And Children First

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sex and gender decide our fate more than some like to admit. Men and money make the world go ‘round, after all, and grown men are mostly responsible for society’s most critical decisions surrounding war and peace. Children don’t vote, and women often don’t have a voice.

Books

A Window into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives—A Selection

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Never-before-published records of Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran’s ambassador to the United States and minister of foreign affairs throughout the 1960s and 1970s, reveal the inner workings of the shah’s government before the Iranian Revolution.

Analysis and Commentary

Baby Sharks Take To The Streets

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

"Baby Shark, do do, do-do, do-do, Baby Shark, do do, do-do, do-do. . . . ” I am not sure how reassuring I would find that song if I were 15 months old, in a car surrounded by a crowd of political protesters. However, credit to them for doing their best to soothe the little Lebanese lad, whose mother had made the mistake of driving into their demonstration last week.

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