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Reagan, Tearing Down That Wall

by Dinesh D’Souzavia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

Remembering the man who, in Margaret Thatcher's words, "won the Cold War ... without firing a shot." By Dinesh D'Souza.

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.

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

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

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?

Economic Policy

Changing the Rules of the Game: Macroeconomic Recontrol and the Struggle for Wealth and Power

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, October 30, 2004

The intensification of China's effort since April 2004 to reassert macroeconomic control has triggered a scramble for money and resources, as businesses and local governments faced an abrupt and unanticipated change in the overall economic climate. The scramble for resources has contributed to strains among regions and within the top leadership. It has also touched off conflicts among different business sectors—including state and private—as they maneuver to avoid the worst effects of reasserted macroeconomic control. The ultimate impact of the current imposition of macroeconomic control is still highly uncertain, and new consequences continue to ripple outward from this policy choice. The Fourth Plenum of the 16th Central Committee, scheduled for mid-September 2004, will bring these issues to a head, as the economic and political implications of macroeconomic recontrol become apparent and are worked through.

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.

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Remembering the Warsaw Uprising

by Maciej Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

Sixty years later, a look back at the longest and bloodiest urban insurgency of the Second World War. By Maciej Siekierski.SIDEBAR: History of a Friendship: Herbert Hoover and Poland
SIDEBAR: Hoover’s Polish Collection

Political Reform

Pressures for Expanding Local-Level Democracy

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has faced numerous pressures in recent years to reform its governing practices, particularly at the local level where these practices directly affect the lives of citizens. Despite years of campaigning against it, corruption continues to get worse at local levels, where abuse of power by officials has inflamed relations with the citizenry, and where there seems to be a palpable need to enhance the legitimacy of local officials. Village-level elections were introduced in China in the late 1980s to respond to these needs, but they also created new problems. Local party secretaries clashed regularly with village heads, and township cadres resented newly assertive village leaders. Moreover, the electoral process stalled as efforts to promote it at the township level met resistance. In recent months, however, there have been new and expanded experiments with local democracy that enhance the importance of local people's congresses, open up the electoral process, and use elections for the selection of local cadres. Importantly, these experiments are not limited to the village level, but are taking place at the township and sometimes county levels. These innovations may not augur looming democratization, but they do reflect a response to increased pressures to cope with the problems of local governance.


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.