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Analysis and Commentary

Has Bush — or the World — Changed?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, July 14, 2006

There is as much relief from realists as there is disappointment from neo-Wilsonians over a perceived change in U.S. foreign policy — what Time magazine clumsily dubbed “The End of Cowboy Diplomacy…

Analysis and Commentary

Where Milosevic's butchery held sway

by Tod Lindbergvia Washington Times
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The bottom line is this: Are we going to finish the job in Europe, or are we going to turn our backs on those who haven't yet made their way in from the cold…

In the News

An Interview with Gary Becker

with Gary S. Beckervia EconTalk
Monday, July 10, 2006

Russ Roberts interviews Gary Becker on the challenges of being an intellectual maverick, the economic approach to human behavior, the influences of Adam Smith and Alfred Marshall on Becker's work and Becker's optimism for the future of economics…

Border Patrol
Analysis and Commentary

A Conservative Statement For Immigration Reform

by George P. Shultz, Martin Anderson, Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 10, 2006

At this critical moment in the immigration debate, conservatives need to examine the role we are playing in this great national issue…

Analysis and Commentary

When will China pull the plug on North Korea?

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, July 10, 2006

Independence Day is traditionally celebrated in New York with one of the world's most spectacular fireworks displays…

Analysis and Commentary

Has patriotism become obsolete?

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, July 8, 2006

A fter a holiday that used to stir patriotic emotions -- the Fourth of July -- it has been painful to see examples of how little remains of that glue that holds a society together…

Analysis and Commentary

Time lionizes 'Teddy' without examining all facts

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, July 8, 2006

A special issue of Time magazine celebrates the historic career of Theodore Roosevelt and the implications of his presidency for the development of American society. In the phony familiarity of our times, where you call people by their first names when you have never even met them, the cover story in this issue is titled "Teddy…

Political Reform

Institutional Innovation at the Grassroots: Two Case Studies

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, July 7, 2006

The emergence of new institutions is critical if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is to transform itself from a traditional Leninist party, exercising highly concentrated authority and mobilizing populations, to a more modern, administrative party that follows procedures and adheres to rules. Whether such a transformation is successful in the long run, efforts in this direction are slowly reshaping power at the local level in China. To the extent such efforts are successful, they have the potential to reduce social conflict and make local governance more effective. Success is far from guaranteed. Nevertheless, in the interest of better understanding the transformation of local governance, this article looks at two instances of institutional innovation: the “one mechanism, three transformations” adopted in Handan, Hebei Province, and the “permanent representative system” as adopted in Ya’an, Sichuan Province.

Economic Policy

Claiming Profit for the State: SASAC and the Capital Management Budget

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, July 7, 2006

One of the most important economic issues playing out in China today is the control of state enterprise profits. State firms have become very profitable over the last several years, so there is a lot of money on the table. At the same time, control over profit is a central component in a network of interlocking issues, including corporate governance reform, fiscal reform and even social security reform. The State Asset Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has taken major steps in 2006 toward establishing a claim on these profits and advancing its own agenda for reform of the state sector.

Party Affairs

The Road to the 17th Party Congress

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, July 7, 2006

This summer the Chinese leadership will begin active preparations for the 17th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), expected to convene in 2007. Party congresses are the most important public event in Chinese leadership politics, and their convocation involves long preparations that inevitably heat up the political atmosphere in Beijing more than a year ahead of time. This article projects the course of preparations ahead and suggests some of the issues that are likely to be debated on the way to the 17th Congress.


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.