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The Hu-Wen Leadership at Six Months

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Party General Secretary Hu Jintao and People's Republic of China (PRC) Premier Wen Jiabao have governed China for nearly six months since their installation at the 16th Party Congress in November 2002 and the 10th National People's Congress (NPC) in March 2003. Since taking power, they have faced unexpected crises and new dilemmas. They have also had an opportunity to put in place policy departures that give concrete expression to the abstruse ideological prescriptions of the party congress. And, they have imparted their own style of governance. Judged from the record so far, Hu and Wen have built on themes of the Jiang Zemin era to pursue an activist agenda of liberalizing economic and political reform and have projected a liberal approach to leadership.

America’s New Empire for Liberty

by Paul Johnsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

From the very beginning, historian Paul Johnson argues, Americans have been imperialists—good imperialists.

BUSH ALMIGHTY: Two Views of George W. Bush

with John Podhoretz, Ron Reaganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 27, 2003

Admirers and critics have two diametrically opposed views of President George W. Bush. The admirers see a compassionate conservative at home and defender of the nation against terrorism and rogue states abroad. Critics see a radical conservative at home who led the nation into a destructive and unnecessary war abroad. Why do conservatives and liberals so often seem to be describing two different men when discussing President George W. Bush? Is it possible to find any common ground on which view of President Bush is closer to the truth?

THE HIGH (AND MIGHTY) COURT: Judicial Supremacy

with Lawrence Alexander, Robert P. Georgevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 27, 2003

Did the framers of the United States Constitution intend that the Supreme Court be the sole and final interpreter of the Constitution, with the power to place binding decisions on the executive and legislative branches? Or did they intend that the Supreme Court have the final say only on the legal cases that came before it, thus permitting the executive and legislative branches to have wide latitude in interpreting the Constitution for themselves? The former view, that of judicial supremacy, is the dominant view of the Supreme Court today, accepted, for the most part, both within government and in society more generally. Is this view supported by the Constitution? If not, why and when did it arise? Should we support judicial supremacy, or is it time to rein in the Supreme Court?

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 Hoover Institution Press
Monday, October 27, 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. The authors show what can be done, consistent with the principles of a free society, to establish a healthier relationship between public policy and character.

The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag

The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag

by Paul R. Gregory, Valery Lazarevvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, October 22, 2003

"This is a collection of studies that elucidate the internal mechanisms of the Gulag-system, making use of Soviet archival materials. Books like this one make important contributions to the great agenda of explaining Stalinism in practice." —Klaus Segbers, professor for political science, Institute for East European Studies, Department of Political Science, Free University of Berlin

THE RELUCTANT EMPIRE: Is America an Imperial Power?

with Niall Ferguson, David M. Kennedyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 16, 2003

George W. Bush, during the 2000 presidential campaign said that "America has never been an empire... We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused." Was then-candidate Bush right when he made those remarks? Or has America become an imperial power in all but name? How do America's unique historical circumstances predispose it to handle the unrivaled power it holds in the world today? And what lessons can we draw from our nearest historical antecedent, the British Empire of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?

Pride and Resentment

by Robert Howsevia Policy Review
Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Robert Howse on L’Obsession anti-américaine: Son fonctionnement, ses causes, ses inconséquences (The Anti-American Obsession: How It Operates, Its Causes, and Its Lack of Consequence) by Jean-François Revel

JUDGING THE JUDGES: The Judicial Appointments Process

with Clint Bolick, Jesse Chopervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

In his first term, President George W. Bush has had difficulty getting his nominees to the federal courts of appeal confirmed by the Senate. The Democrats have taken the almost unprecedented step of threatening filibusters to prevent floor votes on certain nominees. Has the judicial appointments process become the latest victim of bitter partisan politics? Or has the judiciary brought this state of affairs on itself by advancing a doctrine of judicial supremacy, leaving the executive and legislative branches no choice but to resort to political litmus tests for nominees? What does this situation bode for the next Supreme Court nomination? And what, if anything, should be done to reform the process?

The Liberal Spirit in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Balancing the claims of freedom and equality


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.