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Analysis and Commentary

The Unbelievable Night The Berlin Wall Fell

by Peter M. Robinsonvia New York Post
Friday, November 8, 2019

Two scenes from the end of the Cold War: Scene one: On June 12, 1987, President Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate rising behind him, to challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union. “General Secretary Gorbachev,” the president said, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Analysis and Commentary

My Vivid Memories Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On this 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I’m posting a section from Chapter 3 of my book The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey. The chapter is titled “We Won, But...”

The Berlin Wall
Interviews

Timothy Garton Ash: Witnesses To The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia Daily Local News
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Timothy Garton Ash discusses the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In the News

'Tear Down This Wall' Speechwriter Recounts What Almost Wasn't

featuring Peter M. Robinsonvia Fulton Sun
Thursday, November 7, 2019

The man behind former President Ronald Reagan's famous "tear down this wall" line faced many barriers trying to bring the speech to life.

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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

Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show: De-globalization And Cold War II (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses de-globalization and the trade war between the US and China.

In the News

What Really Caused The World To Go To War?

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Spectator
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Armistice day this year marks one hundred and one years since the guns were silenced on the western front. Four years of commemorations of the ‘seminal catastrophe’ of modern times, the calamity from which other calamities sprang, has also meant a wave of ‘new’ accounts of varying quality, none more so than for the causes of the conflict. But a book that has ‘turned up’ on the origins of the First World War could dramatically change our thinking about what really caused the world to go to war.

Interviews

Free Exchange: Tim Kane On The Decline Of Great Powers

interview with Timothy Kanevia CapX
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Tim Kane discusses why great powers decline and collapse.

Analysis and Commentary

Colin Dueck Makes The Case For Conservative Nationalism

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Neither isolationist nor interventionist, it’s a foreign-policy tradition that dates to the Founding.

Period Military History

Lt. General William G. Pagonis (U.S. Army, Ret.), Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War” (1992).

by Christopher R. O’Deavia Classics of Military History
Monday, November 4, 2019

Consider the 3x5 card. In all the video and still images of the Gulf War—lines of tanks and armored personnel carriers stretching to the dusty horizon, ships unloading supplies and ordnance, aircraft delivering a weeks-long bombardment before the ground invasion—there was no sign of what the author calls the “humble little cards” that played a crucial role in the logistics operations that underpinned the planning and execution of the conflict and the post-combat redeployment.

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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.