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The Libertarian: The Kavanaugh Confirmation

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, September 6, 2018

The congressional circus shines a light on a broken  process.

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The Way Forward With Putin And Russia

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In late August 2016, I led a Congressional Delegation trip to Israel, Latvia, Poland, and Germany to gather information and build support for the POSTURE Act, a Bill to reverse the Obama administration’s drawdown of U.S. armed forces and deter further Russian aggression in eastern Europe. On day four of that trip we were in Latvia listening intently to Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister, explain his dismay with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments questioning the relevancy of NATO. 

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A Russian Reset? Not Unless We Want To Declare Defeat.

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It is no secret that U.S.-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb since the end of the end of the Cold War in 1989. Spurred on by President Vladimir Putin’s nationalist impulses, Russia has invaded two neighboring states, Georgia and Ukraine, seized the Crimean Peninsula, and interfered in elections in the United States and various European nations. Russian cyber warriors arguably made a difference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, won by Donald Trump by the slimmest of margins—just 80,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Russian agents have used nerve agent in assassination attempts on British soil. Russian aircraft have pulverized civilian communities in Syria, killing thousands in the process and generating waves of hundreds of thousands of refugees washing up on Europe’s shores.

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The United States And Russia: Opposite Personalities

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In his famous 1947 “Long Telegram” and subsequent Foreign Affairs article, George Kennan described what he thought was the “political personality of Soviet power.” It was an effort at what he called a “task of psychological analysis” to discern a “pattern of thought” and the “nature of the mental world of the Soviet leaders.” 

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Toe-To-Toe With The Russkis: Is Realistic Engagement With The Russians Still Possible?

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In the greatest film ever made about the human dimensions of strategy, director Stanley Kubrick’s Cold-War masterpiece, Doctor Strangelove, an excited strategic bomber pilot speaks of “noo-cullar combat, toe-to-toe with the Russkis.” But the lengthy annals of Americans and Russians tramping on each other’s feet followed a brief interlude when we danced the light fantastic to our mutual benefit, with neither side’s dancing shoes scuffed.

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Strategika Issue 53: U.S. Engagement With Russia

via Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Strategika Issue 53 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

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Area 45: A Hoover Institution Fellow’s Idea Becomes Law

interview with Timothy Kanevia Area 45
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How does a scholar bring policy reforms to legislative life?

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The Intellectual Poverty Of The New Socialists

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Forgetting the lessons of history.

In the News

Partnership Sees Students Attend Cliveden Literary Festival

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia The Bookseller
Friday, August 31, 2018

The Cliveden Literary Festival has announced a new educational partnership with the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham. As part of the initiative, 10 students from the sixth form college will attend the festival next month on 29th and 30th September.

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Area 45: George Shultz – Learning From Experience

interview with George P. Shultzvia Area 45
Friday, August 31, 2018

A conversation with George Shultz about his lifelong passion for public service and his current policy pursuits.


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.