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JUST SAY YES? Drug Legalization

with Jacob Sullum, Forrest Tennant, M.D.via Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

For more than thirty years, the United States has been waging a war on drugs. This war—which takes the form of billions of dollars spent each year on drug law enforcement and interdiction, as well as harsh sentencing for drug offenses—is being called a failure by many critics. But if it is a failure, is drug legalization the solution? Just how would legalization work? And would the benefits of legalization outweigh the costs?

Parents or Prisons

by Jennifer Roback Morsevia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

When the family fails, the state steps in

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The Rise of the Russian Criminal State

by David Sattervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

During the decade following the fall of communism, Russia became mired in poverty and crime. Hoover fellow David Satter explains what went wrong.

Military Affairs

To Get Rich Is Unprofessional: Chinese Military Corruption in the Jiang Era

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Corruption among Chinese officers and enlisted personnel continues to be a point of tension between civilian and military elites in China. While the level of corruption reached its apex during the late 1980s and early 1990s, affectionately known as the "go-go" years of PLA, Inc., the repercussions of the center's decision in 1998 to divest the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of its commercial operations are still being felt in the system. For the first time, investigators and prosecutors from outside the military apparatus were given the authority to probe and pursue PLA malfeasance, and many in the military felt that the civilians pursued their assignment with far too much vigor and tenacity. This animosity was further exacerbated by reports of PLA complicity in the massive Yuanhua scandal in Xiamen and by the public prosecution of former General Staff Department intelligence chief General Ji Shengde on multiple counts of corruption. This paper analyzes PLA corruption since Tiananmen, with special emphasis on the civil-military aspects of the issue. The first section outlines the course and character of PLA corruption since 1990, as well as efforts by the military and civilian leadership to stamp it out. Particular attention is paid to the divestiture process in 1998, as well as the Yuanhua and Ji Shengde investigations. The article then concludes with an evaluation of the implications of these trends for Chinese civil-military relations and offers predictions for the future.

The Most Elegant Thieves of All

by Henrik Beringvia Policy Review
Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Henrik Bering on Framed: Tales of the Art Underworld by Tod Volpe

Prevention Programs and Scientific Nonsense

by D.M. Gormanvia Policy Review
Saturday, February 1, 2003

A report from the field

Analysis and Commentary

Supporting the Drug War Supports Terrorists

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 20, 2002

Moreover, the United States government is effectively supporting left-wing terrorists in Colombia.

Analysis and Commentary

Crime Statistics—the Only Game in Town

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 18, 2002

No official order was ever given to underreport or not report crimes that weren't cleared, but an officer following the rulebook would soon find out from his sergeant that he had an attitude.

The Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime and Terrorism
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The Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime and Terrorism

by Seymour E. Goodman, Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, August 13, 2001

The growing threat of worldwide cyber crime.

Analysis and Commentary

Preparing for the Computer Wars

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 13, 2001

The government needs to adopt policies that let U.S. companies remain predominant in the global information economy.

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