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Sorting Pieces of the Russian Past

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Russia grapples with the painful legacy of Stalin’s terror. By Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman.
SIDEBAR: Artist and Gulag Survivor Thomas Sgovio

Economic Policy

Economic Policy after the 16th Party Congress

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, January 30, 2003

The 16th Party Congress focused primarily on political principles and personnel issues. With respect to economic policy, the party congress understandably stressed continuity. Thus, fewer dramatic signs of future economic policy orientation have come in the aftermath of the congress than may be the case in other issue areas. In economic policy, the most important personnel choices tend to come at the level of ministers and vice ministers, one level below the top politicians chosen by the 16th Party Congress. These choices are being announced only gradually in the run-up to the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting in March 2003. Nonetheless, some important choices have already been made—particularly with respect to the financial system—and the implications of those choices are discussed in this essay. The most important signal is the promotion of the former chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), Zhou Xiaochuan, to head the Central Bank. The reassignment of economic managers is especially important because the key personnel involved represent the young, better-educated members of China’s “fourth generation,” those who began their educations after the Cultural Revolution. The senior members of the fourth generation, who have just ascended to the top of the formal political system, by contrast completed their educations before the Cultural Revolution. Some of the shortcomings of the political succession process may imply that the younger, post–Cultural Revolution leaders could begin to play an especially important role effective immediately.

LEADERSHIP IN WARTIME: Civilian Leaders in Time of War

with Eliot Cohen, David M. Kennedyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 16, 2003

In the modern democratic era, it's not uncommon for elected leaders to have little or no military training or experience. It has become an accepted notion that political leaders should therefore leave battle plans and campaign decisions to the military commanders and avoid "micromanaging" war. But is that notion correct? Or was Clemenceau right when he said that "war is too important to be left to the generals"? What lessons can we learn from studying the greatest wartime leaders, such as Lincoln, Churchill, and FDR?

Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic

Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic

by Peter Berkowitzvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, January 1, 2003

The contributors reveal how public policy in the United States has weakened the institutions of civil society that play a critical role in forming and sustaining the qualities of mind and character crucial to democratic self-government.

A Reformer in Egypt

by Aaron Mannesvia Policy Review
Sunday, December 1, 2002

Aaron Mannes on Egyptian Political Essays by Tarek Heggy

The Intellectual Origins of America-Bashing

by Lee Harrisvia Policy Review
Sunday, December 1, 2002

The utopian leanings of latter-day radicalism

A Triumph of Style

by Sam Munsonvia Policy Review
Sunday, December 1, 2002

Sam Munson on The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

On Our Honor

by Ryan Holstonvia Policy Review
Sunday, December 1, 2002

Ryan Holston on Liberalism with Honor by Sharon R. Krause

Nuclear Deterrence, Then and Now

by Daniel Gourévia Policy Review
Sunday, December 1, 2002

The Cold War is over, but the world remains heavily armed

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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.