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Unconditional Democracy: Education and Politics in Occupied Japan, 1945–1952

by Toshio Nishivia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

On December 8 (Japan time), 1941, Imperial Japan launched a massive attack on beautiful Pearl Harbor, calling it "the preemptive first strike." The island empire, seduced by a mirage of eternal glory, had lunged forward without knowing its destination.

Unipolar versus Unilateral

by John Van Oudenarenvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Confusing power with purpose

Neoconservatives and the American Mainstream

by Zachary Seldenvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Current U.S. foreign policy has deep historical roots

Shevardnadze's Journey

by Ariel Cohenvia Policy Review
Thursday, April 1, 2004

The Silver Fox bows out gracefully

The Absolute Intellectual

by Brian C. Andersonvia Policy Review
Sunday, February 1, 2004

Brian C. Anderson on Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century by Bernard-Henry Lévy

The Provinces

China's Northeast: From Largest Rust Belt to Fourth Economic Engine?

by Cheng Livia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

China is arguably undergoing the most challenging phase of its economic reform: revitalizing the old and stagnant industrial bases in its northeastern region. Once the "cradle of industrialization" of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the northeastern region, with a population of over 100 million, is today often called the nation's "last fortress of a planned economy." The ultimate goal of the so-called northeastern rejuvenation scheme is to transform the country's "largest rust belt" to its "fourth economic engine," after the Pearl River delta, the Yangtze River delta, and the Beijing-Tianjin corridor. This new phase of China's economic development not only will be crucial for the credibility and legitimacy of the Hu-Wen administration, but will also shape China's future. This article explores the broad political environment in which this strategic scheme has been formulated, outlines the main components of the northeastern rejuvenation, and analyzes the characteristics of top provincial leaders in the northeastern region.

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No Es Fácil

via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

Life is hard in Castro’s Cuba. By Mike Walker.

How’s Hu Doing?

by Alice L. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

President Hu Jintao continues China’s long march toward political reform. By Hoover fellow H. Lyman Miller.

Economic Policy

An Economic Bubble? Chinese Policy Adapts to Rapidly Changing Conditions

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

During the first half of 2003, rapid growth in China led many to proclaim the emergence of an economic "bubble." Extremely rapid growth of money and credit was accompanied by rapid growth in investment, especially in the housing market. Chinese policymakers have taken steps to restrain the bubble, and these measures are now having an impact. During this first phase, the emergence of the bubble and the way that it was handled seem to have strengthened the positions of both Premier Wen Jiabao and Central Bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan. However, the rapid emergence of the bubble economy reveals some unsettling realities about the Chinese economy. Moreover, the bubble portends important shifts in the economic payoffs and challenges that lie ahead for the political leadership.

Party Affairs

Hu Jintao and the Party Politburo

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

Publicity attending the recent party Central Committee plenum and other media attention over the past year have shed light on the operations of the party's top decision-making body, the Politburo, under party General Secretary Hu Jintao's leadership. Much of the picture of Chinese leadership decision making remains dim, but the recent publicity has illuminated the formal aspects of Politburo routines and procedures in small but still significant ways. This publicity also permits tentative inferences about the dynamic of power in the Politburo and its Standing Committee and perhaps about Hu Jintao's personal aims in pressing institutional reform in the Politburo and beyond.

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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.