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Economic Policy

Waves of Criticism: Debates over Bank Sales to Foreigners and Neo-Liberal Economic Policy

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, January 30, 2006

Financial reform policies have moved ahead rapidly in the last year. At the same time, a mood of disillusionment within Chinese society has been seized upon by critics of reform. General criticisms of "neo-liberal" policies worldwide have fed into specific criticisms of the practice of selling shares in state-owned banks to foreign financial institutions. Vigorous debate has been joined, but thus far, the debate has had limited impact on economic policymaking, which is still dominated by technocrats. However, the official sponsorship of such "leftist" critiques has contributed to increased tension in Chinese leadership politics generally.

Party Affairs

More Already on Politburo Procedures under Hu Jintao

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, January 30, 2006

A recent chronicle of Deng Xiaoping's political life after 1975 discloses previously restricted information about scores of meetings of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) top decision-making bodies, the Politburo and its Standing Committee. These data provide a more reliable baseline than has been previously available against which to assess the long-term evolution of the party Politburo in the post–Mao Zedong era and, together with continuing PRC media coverage of current sessions of the party Politburo, analyze its present-day procedures. This article complements and extends analysis, published in previous issues of the China Leadership Monitor, of Politburo operations since 2002 under the CCP's present top leader, General Secretary Hu Jintao.

Keith Eiler

Keith Eiler, Officer and Gentleman

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

The virtues of a quiet hero. By Tom Bethell.

On the Indispensability of Think Tanks

by John Raisianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Gather intellectuals, add funding for research, and mix thoroughly—good ideas are bound to result. John Raisian on the vital role of the modern think tank.

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

From soldier to statesman, by way of most vilified leader in the world. By Peter Berkowitz.

A China Policy for This Century

by Scott Taitvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Can the United States and China be partners, rather than antagonists, in the twenty-first century? The road ahead will be treacherous, but the rewards could be enormous. Scott Tait explains.

Grim Relic

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

If Russians ever decide to hold Lenin accountable for his crimes, they could start by dismantling Lenin’s tomb and burying this monster in a lonely field far, far away from Red Square. By Arnold Beichman.

Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime

Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime: The Creation of Private Property in Russia, 1906–1915

by Stephen F. Williamsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Sunday, January 1, 2006

An examination of property rights reforms in Russia before the revolution reveals the advantages and pitfalls of liberal democracy in action—from a government that could be described as neither liberal nor democratic.

What Is “Cruel and Unusual”?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Eighth Amendment jurisprudence is a train wreck

Iraq Is Not Vietnam

by Frederick W. Kaganvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

A pernicious equivalence

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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.