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Analysis and Commentary

Understanding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Motivation And Ambition

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, September 9, 2019

Apart from a brief flirtation with democracy immediately after the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and the emergence of multi-party democracy in Taiwan in 1992, autocrats have ruled China throughout its history.

In the News

In Brief: The Mountbattens; This Is Happiness; Churchill – Reviews

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia The Guardian
Sunday, September 8, 2019

A revelatory aristocratic life by Andrew Lownie, a magical novel from Niall Williams and an incisive political biography by Andrew Roberts.

Featured CommentaryAnalysis and Commentary

E Pluribus Plures

by Bing Westvia Strategika
Friday, September 6, 2019

A doctrine is a set of guiding principles shared widely by an organization or a nation. The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 stated that any effort by a European nation to take control of any North or South American country would be viewed as “the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.” In 1962, the Doctrine was invoked during the Cuban Missile Crisis. With the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), President Kennedy established a naval quarantine around the island.

Background EssayAnalysis and Commentary

The Monroe Doctrine: Guide To The Future

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Friday, September 6, 2019

The Monroe Doctrine, which purports to warn other states from interfering in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere, has supposedly remained a basic principle of American foreign policy since the first half of the nineteenth century. From the point when it was issued, its actual relevance has depended on the willingness to enforce it, or whether there was any real threat. President Monroe issued it during a period when all of the major Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere were in the process of gaining their independence from Spain. 


World War II Rages On In Minds Of World Leaders – It Profoundly Influences Them Today

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, September 5, 2019

World War II ended 74 years ago. But even in the 21st century, the lasting effects endure, both psychological and material. After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers.

In the News

Reid Hoffman’s New ‘Hamilton’-Inspired Crypto Rap Video Is Straight Fire

mentioning Russell Robertsvia CoinDesk
Thursday, September 5, 2019

“I myself hold bitcoin,” Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn and a member of the PayPal Mafia, told CoinDesk as he described his reasons for releasing a new hip-hop video about central banks competing against cryptocurrency.

In the News

We May Have To Shoot Down This Aircraft

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Politico Magazine
Thursday, September 5, 2019

What the chaos aboard Flight 93 on 9/11 looked like to the White House, to the fighter pilots prepared to ram the cockpit and to the passengers.


Young Arrogant Socialists Are Ignorant Of History: Victor Davis Hanson With Don Kroah

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Christian Outlook
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his article "Why are so many young people calling themselves socialists?"


James Mattis Derides 'Cowardice' From Anonymous Official Who Penned New York Times' Anti-Trump Op-Ed

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Fox News
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses how the military responds to disaster as well as his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead


General James Mattis: Verify Then Trust Before Agreeing To Any Peace Deal With The Taliban In Afghanistan

interview with General Jim Mattisvia Fox News
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis talks about his new book Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead. Mattis explores the life lessons he never forgot from his time in jail, why he chose to join the Marines, learning to delegate responsibility to lower ranking personal in the military, why he was not in agreement with the Obama Administration's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, and much more.


Military History Working Group

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.