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When Words Go Bad

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

The empty vocabulary of anti-Americanism. By Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson.

Party Affairs

Where Have All the Elders Gone?

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, April 30, 2004

The sweeping turnover of top party and state leaders completed in 2003 brought about the retirement of more than a dozen influential men who had dominated China's politics in the 1990s. Together they join a group of leaders, commonly referred to as the "elders," who presumably retain significant political influence in the decision making of their successors. Since retiring, however, the elders have presented a very low public profile, so divining the extent and nature of their influence is a highly speculative enterprise.

A Changed World

by George P. Shultzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

“I cannot emphasize too strongly the danger we are facing. We are engaged in a long and bitter war. Yet this is a war we cannot—and will not—lose.” By Hoover fellow George P. Shultz.

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The Last Dictator

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

In Europe today, there is still one dictator left. It’s time for him to go. By Hoover fellow Tod Lindberg.

The Long Haul

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Helping Iraq to establish a free and democratic society is the most important task our nation will face for years to come. By Larry Diamond.

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Solidarity with Iran

by Abbas Milani, Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Iran’s hard-liners recently strengthened their hold on power by making huge wins in a rigged parliamentary election. In light of this electoral coup, are the prospects for democratic reform in Iran doomed? By Hoover fellows Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani.

Why Gun-Barrel Democracy Doesn’t Work

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, George W. Downsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Over the past half century, the United States has repeatedly sent its military forces abroad in the name of democracy. Yet very few of the countries we have invaded have become democratic. By Hoover fellow Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and George W. Downs.

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The Wild, Wild East

by David Sattervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

In present-day Russia, society seems lawless, life seems cheap, and nearly everyone seems to be on the take. By Hoover fellow David Satter.

Economic Policy

Financial Reconstruction: Methodical Policymaking Moves into the Spotlight

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, April 30, 2004

The Wen Jiabao administration has found its feet and instituted ambitious initiatives in the financial arena. Since December 2003, major new policies toward the financial sector have been rolled out. Recapitalization, reorganization, and stock market listing of two of the main state-owned banks have begun. A program for new policies toward the stock market has been released. The launching of major programs follows the reorganization of the administrative apparatus and the promulgation of a series of laws and programmatic documents. Thus, the resumption of activist policymaking represents the culmination of a steady and methodical process of preparation. The degree of preparation is impressive, but it also reflects the magnitude of the challenges currently being faced and the difficulty of shepherding new policies through the Chinese political system.

An Oasis

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Women in Kuwait have made significant advances in their pursuit of civil rights. Could Kuwait become a model for other Arab states? By Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz.

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