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Is America Becoming Rome Versus Byzantium?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Our Byzantine interior and Roman coasts are quite differently interpreting their shared American heritage as they increasingly plot radically divergent courses to survive in scary times.

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Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons

by Herbert Linvia Stanford University Press
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The technology controlling United States nuclear weapons predates the Internet. Updating the technology for the digital era is necessary, but it comes with the risk that anything digital can be hacked. Moreover, using new systems for both nuclear and non-nuclear operations will lead to levels of nuclear risk hardly imagined before. This book is the first to confront these risks comprehensively.


The Biden Administration Needs To Up Its Game On Public Diplomacy

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, October 11, 2021

I participate in a lot of discussions with foreigners about U.S. foreign policy, and I’m struck by how often people around the world are asking me to explain what the Biden administration is up to. Ukrainians want to know why President Biden supports the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Germany and Russia. Chinese citizens wonder why Biden has not lifted tariffs put in place by the Trump administration. Afghans, as well as many others around the world, still cannot make sense of the timetable behind the U.S. withdrawal from their country. These are just a few examples.

EnvironmentAnalysis and Commentary

There Will Be Oil In California?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Among the many movies depicting life in a bygone California: There Will Be Blood, a 2007 sprawling epic that earned Daniel Day Lewis an Oscar statuette for his portrayal of a silver prospector who comes to the Golden State and strikes it rich in the Los Angeles oil patch of the early 20th century.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Bishop Of Charleston Joins Historically Black Colleges In Legal Challenge To South Carolina Ban On Pandemic Aid To Private Schools

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Managing Attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, Daniel Suhr, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the Bishop of Charleston v. Adams case, which challenges South Carolina state officials from using the Blaine Amendment to block Covid-19 funds from going to non-public schools and historically black colleges and universities.

Analysis and Commentary

How Political Science Can Advance Climate Models

by Shiran Victoria Shenvia The Hill
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

From heat domes in the Pacific Northwest to floods in Henan, China, 2021 has been a year riddled with extreme weather events. Identifying appropriate ways to tackle climate change is more crucial and timelier than ever.


‘Natural Experiments’ Lead To An Economics Nobel

by David R. Hendersonvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 11, 2021

Human behavior can’t always be studied in a lab, but these researchers found other opportunities.

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Labor Markets Don’t Need The Antitrust Cudgel

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 11, 2021

Competition is a better way to police them.

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Why Did Things Go Astray in Afghanistan?

via Hoover Podcasts
Monday, October 11, 2021

A History Working Group seminar with Carter Malkasian.

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Reasonable Disagreements: The Podcast Is Back In Session And So Is The Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Monday, October 11, 2021

The justices are back from their vacations, and so are Richard and Adam.