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When Conventional Wisdom Gets Downright Dangerous

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The problem with conventional wisdom is not that it is always wrong. The rub is that the majority of “experts” unthinkingly and habitually mouth its validity until they ensure that it becomes static, unchanging, and immune from reexamination and dissent — an intolerant religious orthodoxy that finally become dangerous.

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H. R. McMaster: The Policy “Battlegrounds” He Has Won, Lost, And Continues To Fight

interview with H. R. McMastervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, US Army, ret., the former national security advisor and the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution discusses his latest book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, a re-examination of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States, and an urgent call to compete to preserve America’s standing and security.

In the News

Trump's Ex-national Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Warns Afghan Peace Talks Will Fail, Leave Us Vulnerable

featuring H. R. McMastervia USA Today
Monday, September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said U.S.-backed peace talks in Afghanistan are doomed to end in "failure" and warned the risk of another 9/11-style attack on America is "very high."

Opinion Pieces

Articles On: New Zealand, Beijing, NBA, Delusion, Hong Kong, Canada and Mexico, and the Middle East

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Saturday, August 8, 2020

This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight to the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage

Articles On: Fraud, European Union Sanctions, Scientific Trade Secrets, Research Enterprise, Huawei, Construction, TikTok Ban, Iran-China Oil Alliance, Computer Factory, and Harvard Professor

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, August 2, 2020

This section highlights articles and reports on the harmful impacts of the commercial and economic policies employed by the Chinese Communist Party.


H.R. McMaster: Trump Freeing Taliban Fighters May Lead To Another 9/11

interview with H. R. McMastervia USA Today
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow H. R. McMaster says it's a mistake to think the Taliban could be a partner for peace, and that type of thinking could lead to another 9/11.

Analysis and Commentary

In Iran And Egypt, The Pursuit Of Happiness Is Almost Criminal

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Friday, September 18, 2020

John Lewis was recently laid to rest and as his coffin was being walked out of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, everyone in the pews was asked to dance to Lewis’s favorite Pharrell Williams song, “Happy.” Solemnity mixed with sheer joy that day to span the spectrum of Lewis’s life — from struggle to song. Congressman Lewis loved this song and it showed. 


The All-Mawla TIRs: An Analytical Discussion With Cole Bunzel, Haroro Ingram, Gina Ligon, And Craig Whiteside

interview with Cole Bunzelvia Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Cole Bunzel joins a panel to discuss three Tactical Interrogation Reports (TIRs) about the leader of the Islamic State, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla.

Analysis and Commentary

The Abraham Accords. Peace Between Israel And The United Emirates And Bahrain

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, September 17, 2020
First Egypt in 1979, then Jordan in 1904, and now the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed peace agreements with Israel, establishing normal diplomatic relations, and launching cooperative economic and other arrangements.
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Strategika Issue 67: U.S. Troop Deployments In Germany

via Strategika
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Strategika Issue 67 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.