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The Happy Cold Warrior

by David Brooksvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Arnold Beichman at 90. A celebration by Hoover media fellow David Brooks.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The California Recall and Direct Democracy

with Thomas Cronin, Peter Schrag, Robert Sternvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

On October 7, 2003, Californians go to the polls to vote in a historic election. They will decide whether to recall Governor Gray Davis and replace him with someone else. Davis is only the second governor in U.S. history to face a recall election. Is the California recall in the best interests of its citizens? Or is this recall election an example of direct democracy gone awry? And what long-term effects will this recall campaign have on politics at both the state and national levels?

ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER: A Conversation with Robert Bork

with Robert Borkvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 16, 2003

There are often said to be two competing schools for interpreting the meaning of the Constitution. On one side are those who believe that the meaning of the Constitution must evolve over time as society itself changes. On the other side are those who insist that the original intent of the framers of the Constitution—what they wrote and what their intent was in writing it—is all that matters. Robert Bork is firmly in the latter school. We asked him to explicate his understanding of the U.S. Constitution, using recent Supreme Court decisions as case studies.

AN EMPIRE FOR LIBERTY? A Conversation with Paul Johnson

with Paul Johnsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Can America become an "empire for liberty"? British historian Paul Johnson believes that it can and should. The United States, he argues, is uniquely suited, as a result of both its principles and its current power, to bring about benevolent change throughout the world. But does empire suit the United States? We ask Johnson just how and why America can be this "empire for liberty" and to place American imperialism in its historical context.

DEMOCRACY NOW? Democracy versus the Rule of Law

with Larry Diamond, Coit Blacker, Donald Emmersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Is democracy—that is, free elections—to be desired at all times for all nations? Or are nations more successful when they establish the rule of law, property rights, and other constitutional liberties first? For the United States, this is no longer an academic question. America is deeply involved in nation-building in Afghanistan and Iraq. Should the establishment of democracy in these countries be the first priority for the United States, or is securing public order and the rule of law more important?

IN DEFENSE OF LIBERALISM: American Liberalism in the Twenty-first Century

with David M. Kennedy, George McGovernvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Fifty years ago, critic Lionel Trilling declared that "in the United States at this time, liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition." Today, however, even most Democrats avoid calling themselves liberal. What happened to the liberal tradition in the second half of the twentieth century? What does liberalism stand for at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Can liberals reclaim their once-dominant position in American politics, or is their ideology history?

SIX DAYS OF WAR: The Six-Day War

with Michael Orenvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 23, 2003

In June 1967, Israel defeated the combined forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, seizing control of the Sinai from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the West Bank from Jordan. Why did the Six-Day War unfold as it did? What lessons did the Arabs on the one side, and the Israelis on the other, draw from the war? And what lessons do the war and its aftermath have for the United States as it tries to forge a lasting peace in the Middle East?

Mapping the Archipelago

by Alexander Rosevia Policy Review
Sunday, June 1, 2003

Alexander Rose on Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum

Universal Democracy?

by Larry Diamondvia Policy Review
Sunday, June 1, 2003

The prospect has never looked better

THE FIGHT ON THE RIGHT: Neoconservatives versus Paleoconservatives

with Steven Hayward, John Theodoracopulosvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 16, 2003

Conservative: favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change. But is the definition of a conservative changing in twentieth-century America? Today conservatives seem to be divided into two groups, the neoconservatives and those who view themselves as traditional conservatives—sometimes derisively called the "paleoconservatives." Are the neoconservatives, including many in the Bush administration, actually, as some charge, radicals in conservative clothing? Or have the paleoconservatives become too hidebound for their own good?

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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.