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Military Affairs

Wang Ke: A Political Biography

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Wang Ke was born Wang Maoqing in August 1931 in Xiaoxian County, Jiangsu Province (later Anhui Province). In the early 1940s, this part of Jiangsu became an operating base for the New Fourth Army. With only an elementary school education, Wang joined the local unit of the New Fourth Army as a “young soldier” at the age of 13, serving as a communicator for the armed working team of Xiaoxian County. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) commander of the local military subdistrict was Zhang Zhen, a future top People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer and powerful patron for Wang for the remainder of his career. Wang was reportedly personally trained by Zhang, who sent him first for additional education and tactics instruction.

Eight Years That Shook the World

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 30, 2002

On the anniversary of two of his great speeches, an appreciation of Ronald Reagan, the “indispensable president.” By Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman.

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WORDS OF WAR: What Kind of War Are We Fighting?

with Christopher Hitchens, Newt Gingrichvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 18, 2002

What kind of war is the war on terrorism? Ordinarily wars are fought against proper nouns—against Germany during the Second World War or against the Soviet Union during the cold war, for example. Now we're being asked to fight a war against a common noun, terrorism. Just how accurate and useful is the phrase "war on terrorism"? Is this a war? And who exactly is the enemy—Al Qaeda? Al Qaeda plus all other terrorists around the world? Al Qaeda plus all other terrorists plus all the countries in which the terrorists operate? In other words, just how good a job are the president and the administration doing, not just in prosecuting the war but in defining the objectives?

POPE AND CIRCUMSTANCE: The Legacy of Pope John Paul II

with Rod Dreher, Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J, Garry Willsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, June 27, 2002

In 1978, the Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected to the papacy of the Catholic Church, taking the name John Paul II. In the twenty-four years since, Pope John Paul II has traveled more widely and held audiences for more people than any other pope in history. But beyond his long service and high profile, how will John Paul II be remembered? Will he be remembered more for his political impact—many say that he played a crucial role in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe—or for his ecclesiastical work? Just how well has John Paul II prepared the Catholic Church for the twenty-first century?

Worth the Cost

by Arnold Beichmanvia Policy Review
Saturday, June 1, 2002

Arnold Beichman on The Fifty-Year Wound: The True Price of America’s Cold War Victory by Derek Leebaert

A Contest of Brutality

by Victor Matusvia Policy Review
Saturday, June 1, 2002

Victorino Matus on The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor

Power and Weakness

by Robert Kaganvia Policy Review
Saturday, June 1, 2002

Why the United States and Europe see the world differently

The Future of "History"

by Stanley Kurtzvia Policy Review
Saturday, June 1, 2002

Francis Fukuyama and Samuel P. Huntington, post-September 11

Military Affairs

Chi Haotian: A Political Biography

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Chi Haotian has a unique profile among the current military leadership, combining combat experience and military professional skills with a long career in political work. As a result, he embodies the PLA's seemingly contradictory goals of politicization and professionalization.

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Is the Israeli Government Too Representative?

by Gideon Rahatvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Can a country have too much representation? Hoover visiting fellow Gideon Rahat on Israeli gridlock.

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