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The Battle's Half Won

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

We have succeeded in stalling socialism. Can the Bush administration reverse it? By Milton Friedman.

Military Affairs

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.

The Gulag: Life Inside

by Bradley Bauervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

The Hoover Institution Archives houses an extensive collection of material on the Soviet Gulag. The diaries, letters, faded photographs, and prison records offer remarkable insight into life in the prison camps. By Brad Bauer.

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

Varieties of Progressivism in America

Varieties of Progressivism in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The contributors to this volume examine the past, present, and future of progressivism in America from different perspectives and with different expertise. What is the future of progressivism in America in an increasingly unfriendly political climate? How can progressives increase opportunity in America and make social and political life more inclusive and equal?

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.


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.