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Margaret Thatcher

No Regrets

by Margaret Thatchervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Hoover honorary fellow Margaret Thatcher wonders whether she did the right thing when she signed the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, under the terms of which Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule. She doesn't wonder long.

Ten Tests for Latin Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Latin America has seen one authoritarian regime after another replaced by democratic institutions during the last decade and a half. Hoover fellow Larry Diamond nevertheless argues that Latin American democracy remains shallow and unstable--and he presents ten challenges that Latin American democracies must yet overcome.

The Marshall Plan

by Peter J. Duignan, Lewis H. Gannvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

An essay by Hoover fellows Peter Duignan and the late Lewis H. Gann on the fiftieth anniversary of "the greatest voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another."

Rose and Milton Friedman

The Case for Free Trade

by Milton Friedman, Rose D. Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

In international trade, Hoover fellow Charles Wolf Jr. argues above, deficits don't much matter. Here Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman discuss what does: freedom. A ringing statement of logic and principle.

Judge Robert P. Patterson

The Man Who Mobilized America

by Keith Eilervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

At the outbreak of World War II, the United States found itself with a weak, outmoded military and a civilian population utterly unprepared for the shock of total war. Serving as undersecretary of war, Judge Robert P. Patterson mobilized the nation. An appreciation by Keith E. Eiler.

Ignoring Taiwan at Our Peril

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

The mainland wants to rule Taiwan. Taiwan has other ideas. Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman argues that sooner or later there's going to be trouble.

Communist Party  election poster

The Election of ´96

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

The good news about last year's presidential election in Russia is that communism was defeated forever. The bad news is what won. Hoover fellow Michael A. McFaul examines the present state of Russian democracy.

Democracy in Congo? Laugh On

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

No sooner had Laurent Kabila overthrown the dictator of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, and renamed the country the Democratic Republic of Congo than Westerners began clamoring for Kabila to hold elections. The response of Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro? "You have to be kidding."

The Bear Sharpens Its Claws

by Richard F. Staarvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

As a proportion of Russia's overall budget, defense has been shrinking steadily in recent years. Or has it? Hoover fellow Richard F. Staar argues that Russia has actually more than doubled its spending on one aspect of defense, research and development.

Defanging the Cobra

by Timothy Charles Brownvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

In Nicaragua, the army and intelligence services remain under the control of former Sandinistas. Hoover fellow Timothy C. Brown argues that President Alemán must change--fast.

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