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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Umbrella

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

When Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman listens to President Clinton on China, what he hears is Neville Chamberlain. Appeasement, anyone?

The Present Crisis

by Paul Richvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

The passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement raised Mexican hopes. Now Mexico's own culture of corruption has dashed them. A report by Hoover fellow Paul Rich, who spends half of each year south of the border.

Ship Ahoy (Shh!)

by Edward Neilanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Hoover media fellow Edward Neilan reports on Japan's quiet naval buildup.

Where the Press Will Still Be Free

by Edward Neilanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Now that Hong Kong has reverted to the control of mainland China, Hoover media fellow Edward Neilan believes, Western correspondents will begin leaving Hong Kong to base themselves instead in Taiwan. A report from Taipei.

Paid Misbehavior

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Kim Jong Il was young and untried when in 1994 he succeeded his father as dictator of North Korea. Yet using bluffs, threats, and provocations, he has played the Clinton administration like an old pro. An assessment by Hoover fellow Thomas H. Henriksen.

What Kind of "Democracy" Is This?

by Alexander Solzhenitsynvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Russia--destitute, dazed, crime-ridden--has even now failed to achieve true democracy. An essay by Nobel Prize–winner and Hoover honorary fellow Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Freedom's Fall in Hong Kong

by Alvin Rabushkavia Analysis
Thursday, May 1, 1997

On July 1, 1997, the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong becomes the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. China has signed an international treaty with Britain and issued a Basic Law, or miniconstitution, for Hong Kong; these promise that Hong Kong can remain autonomous for fifty years after 1997, save in matters of security and diplomacy, and ensure that Hong Kong people will continue to enjoy their rights and freedoms under Hong Kong law.

China has made a mockery of these promises and guarantees. China has dissolved Hong Kong's duly elected Legislative Council and replaced it with a handpicked assembly. China has set up a mechanism that will nominate a new chief justice who will do China's bidding. China has scrapped or modified a number of existing laws, thereby rolling back Hong Kong's current civil liberties. China has placed editorial consultants inside leading Hong Kong newspapers. China has announced restrictions on press freedom, freedom of assembly, freedom of political parties to solicit funds, and freedom of demonstration. China has indicated that English education will be downgraded. And, in a marked departure from Hong Kong's level economic playing field, China's state-owned firms have acquired Hong Kong assets at substantial discount to market. These below-market acquisitions presage a new era of graft, cronyism, connections, and bribery for Hong Kong under Chinese rule.

Is There Hope for Africa?

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Fifty-three nations occupy the continent of Africa. Only two have remained democratic since achieving independence. Hoover fellow Larry Diamond surveys the changes that must take place if democracy is ever to supplant Africa's corrupt, authoritarian regimes.

A Complicated Peace

by William Ratliff, Edgardo Buscagliavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Late last year President Alvaro Arzu of Guatemala, the biggest country in Central America, signed a peace accord with guerrilla insurgents, ending the country's thirty-six-year civil war. How will Arzu bring economic growth to agricultural regions that don't even have clear land titles? Or political stability to a country in which 70 percent of the people see the legal system as a mere device of the white elite? Hoover fellows Edgardo Buscaglia Jr. and William Ratliff explain why negotiating the peace accord may have been the easy part

The Economic Consequences of the Fall of Two Empires

by Lewis H. Gannvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Western Europe recovered from the Third Reich with astonishing speed. Yet Russia and much of Eastern Europe are now engaged in a long, slow struggle to recover from communism. What accounts for the difference? A final essay by the late Hoover fellow Lewis H. Gann.

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