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The Global Crisis Of Liberal Democracy With Larry Diamond

interview with Larry Diamondvia The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC)
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about his new book Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, and looks at the global and domestic threats to the principles of liberal democracy.

Analysis and Commentary

China’s Privileging Of “Mr. Science” Over “Mr. Democracy”

by Michael R. Auslinvia Law & Liberty
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

For decades, the voices of dissident Chinese, like human rights lawyer and activist Teng Biao, were occasionally heard and never listened to by the larger world. Some, like Wei Jingsheng, author of the famous “Fifth Modernization” essay during the Democracy Wall movement in 1978, or Wang Dan, student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, became minor celebrities in the world of human rights and democracy promotion. Yet even the most prominent among them failed to change in any material way the world’s policies towards China. 

In the News

Little Greece Becoming Big Player In World Geopolitics

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Herald
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hitting bigger than its political weight, Greece – attaching itself at the hip to the United States and mulling an expanded American military presence in the country – has found itself taking an increasingly, if unlikely, bigger role in international politics in the region.

Analysis and Commentary

U.S. Cyber Infiltration Of The Russian Electric Grid: Implications For Deterrence

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The New York Times reported on June 15 that “the United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin.” In particular, the Times reported that the United States has deployed code “inside Russia’s grid and other targets”—that is, “potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, ... intended partly as a warning, and partly to be poised to conduct cyberstrikes if a major conflict broke out between Washington and Moscow.” The article also noted that this step would represent a major escalation in the ongoing cyber conflict between Moscow and the United States.

In the News

H.R. McMaster: Iran Cannot Be Treated As ‘Responsible Nation’

quoting H. R. McMastervia Washington Examiner
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Former national security adviser retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is warning against “wishful thinking” in dealing with Iran and arguing that the experience of the nuclear deal revealed that making concessions to Tehran only emboldens Iran to intensify its proxy war in the region.

In the News

Trump’s Top Russia Aide To Depart

quoting Michael McFaulvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

With Hill’s departure, the administration loses an experienced Russia hand widely respected by regional experts and policymakers on both sides of the aisle, a rarity in Trump’s hyperpoliticized Washington. Her appointment as the senior director for European and Russian affairs two months into the Trump administration was welcomed by longtime Russia watchers at a time when the president’s relationship with Moscow was under investigation and U.S.-Russia relations were at their lowest ebb since the Cold War.

Featured

Cyber Runs: How A Cyber Attack Could Affect U.S. Financial Institutions

by Darrell Duffie, Joshua Youngervia Brookings Institution
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Cyber risks to financial stability have received significant attention from policy makers. These risks are worsened by the increasing diversity of perpetrators—including state and non-state actors, cyber terrorists, and “hacktivists”—who are not necessarily motivated by financial gain.

Featured

The China-Iran-Border Matrix

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have worked the U.S. into an advantageous position with a consistent policy toward bad actors.

In the News

Sohn: Why We Still Aren't Protecting Elections

quoting Michael McFaulvia Times Free Press
Sunday, June 16, 2019

It seems the forgotten tragedy of Donald Trump's election and the Mueller probe is that we know Russia interfered with our 2016 election, but our government isn't doing anything about it.

IntroductionAnalysis and Commentary

Center Of Gravity

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In Tolstoy’s massive novel War and Peace at the Battle of Borodino with Napoleon’s Grande Armée some eighty miles from Moscow, Carl von Clausewitz, then and now the foremost strategist of the study of war, suddenly canters onto the scene in a cameo appearance and is overheard to pronounce on the fighting: Der krieg muss im Raum verlegt werden. Der Ansicht kann ich nicht genug Preis geben.

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