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The King Is Dead! Long Live the King! The CMC Leadership Transition from Jiang to Hu

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Sunday, January 30, 2005

At the 2004 fall plenum, Jiang Zemin finally stepped down as chairman of the party Central Military Commission, abdicating the position to Hu Jintao. Jiang is also expected to relinquish the ceremonial chairmanship of the state Central Military Commission at the National People's Congress (NPC) meeting in March 2005. Hu now possesses the holy trinity of leadership positions: CCP general secretary, PRC president, and CMC chairman. This essay analyzes the origins and dynamics of this transition and ponders the implications of Jiang's retirement for civil-military relations and military modernization.

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Karl Raimund Popper: The Philosopher and His Papers

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

An examination of the political philosophy and legacy of one of the most important minds of the twentieth century. By Tom Bethell.

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Great Debates

via Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

The creation of the new Afghan constitution was rife with conflict. Will it bring peace to this long-suffering country? By J Alexander Thier.

Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues

Drug War Deadlock: The Policy Battle Continues

by Laura E. Hugginsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Saturday, January 1, 2005

A diverse collection of readings from scholarly journals, government reports, think tank studies, newspapers, and books that offers a comprehensive look at the drug debate.

THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: Should We Abolish the Electoral College?

with Jack Rakove, Tara Rossvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 13, 2004

As required by the Constitution, the president of the United States is elected not by the national popular vote but by the vote of the Electoral College. In the Electoral College, each state receives as many votes as it has members of Congress. Because every state has two senators and is guaranteed at least one House member, votes of small states count more heavily than votes of large states. Has the Electoral College served the nation well? Or should it be abolished and replaced by a system in which every vote counts the same? Peter Robinson speaks with Jack Rakove and Tara Ross

Iraq Without a Plan

by Michael E. O'Hanlonvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Next time, listen to the generals

When War Must Be the Answer

by James V. Schallvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The case for force

Enlightenment Rightly Understood

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Peter Berkowitz on The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightments by Gertrude Himmelfarb

COMMANDING HEIGHTS: American Empire

with Niall Ferguson, Ivan Elandvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Since the end of the cold war, the United States has been the world's only superpower, accounting for 43 percent of the world's military expenditures. During this time, America has led major interventions into Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Are the United States and the world better off when America follows a unilateral, interventionist foreign policy? Or should the United States reduce its overseas presence and instead emphasize international cooperation? Peter Robinson speaks with Niall Ferguson and Ivan Eland.

Party Affairs

Commemorating Deng to Press Party Reform

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Hu Jintao leadership took advantage of the recent centenary of Deng Xiaoping's birth to lend authority to controversial proposals for reform of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that it seeks to ratify at the forthcoming Fourth Plenum of the party Central Committee. Preparations for the party plenum have stimulated more than the usual volume of rumors among Chinese of intensified leadership conflict, accompanied by a wave of related speculations in the Hong Kong and Western press. But available evidence from China's media provides little support for these speculations. Instead, the central leadership has sustained the public façade of unanimity and collective discipline that it has managed over the past several years, despite the disputes and debates over personnel and policy that may divide its members.

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