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A CRASH COURSE IN DUBYANOMICS: President Bush's Economic Policy

with Robert J. Barro, Paul Krugmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 6, 2004

The decades of the 1980s and 1990s seem to offer two different fiscal models for promoting economic growth. The 1980s under President Reagan suggest that cutting taxes is more important than balancing the budget. The 1990s under President Clinton suggest the importance of balancing the budget with moderate tax increases. Yet the results in each decade were similar: sustained economic growth. President George W. Bush has clearly been following the Reagan model in his first term: enacting large tax cuts even as the federal budget approaches record deficits. But has the Bush team taken the correct lessons from our recent economic past? Do the Bush policies promote long-term growth or jeopardize it?

Analysis and Commentary

Differences in American and European Worldviews

by Russell A. Bermanvia Reason
Monday, January 5, 2004

Americans and West Europeans advocate very distinct philosophical stances, especially regarding matters of individual responsibility and the role of the state.

Analysis and Commentary

Iraq and Vietnam

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 15, 2003

Our credo should be democracy for Iraqis who work with us, destruction for those who bomb civilian hotels, shoot down helicopters, kill Red Cross workers, and murder Italian cops.

Evil and the Postmodernist

by Peter Savodnikvia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

Peter Savodnik on Terror in My Soul: Communist Autobiographies on Trial by Igal Halfin

Finding a Founder

by Steven C. Munsonvia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

Sam Munson on Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life by William Howard Adams

Representation Without Representation

by Alvin Rabushkavia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

The colonial roots of American taxation, 1700–1754

Sovereignty and Democracy

by Marc F. Plattnervia Policy Review
Monday, December 1, 2003

Self-government needs the nation-state

GIVE WAR A CHANCE? The Utility of War

with Victor Davis Hanson, Jonathan Schellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 24, 2003

The Prussian military historian Carl von Clausewitz famously observed that "war is merely a continuation of politics by other means." These "other" (violent) means have been used on countless occasions throughout human history to settle conflicts over land, resources, and political rule. But what is the utility of war in the modern world? In a world with weapons of mass destruction, have the means of war delegitimized its use? In a world of expanding democracy, and cultural and economic interdependence, has the use of force become outdated?

PROPHETS AND LOSSES: The Rise and Decline of Islamic Civilization

with John Esposito, Azim Nanji, Vali Nasrvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 17, 2003

For nearly a thousand years after the death of the prophet Muhammad, the Islamic world was powerful, creative, and self-confident. In science, in trade, and in the arts, Muslim civilization rivaled and often surpassed the best achievements of the European world. But beginning sometime around the seventeenth century, Islamic power and dynamism began to wane, to be eclipsed by the West. Today, by nearly every measure of social and economic development, Islamic nations fall far short of Western nations. Why? Did the historical rise and decline of Islam result from processes internal to the Muslim world or from its interaction with the West? What can and should be done to revive Islamic civilization?

OF BURKHAS AND BALLOTS: The Future of Democracy in the Arab World

with John Esposito, Azim Nanji, Vali Nasrvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, November 17, 2003

The spread of democracy around the world was one of the most significant developments of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the last century, democracy was limited to a handful of Western nations, while today perhaps 120 nations have some form of democratic government. Yet among Muslim countries, democracy is rare, and among Arab states, essentially nonexistent. Why? Is the Islamic faith compatible with the essential features of a democratic society—separation of church and state, freedom of expression, and women's rights, to name a few—or not? Just what is the future of democracy in the Arab world?


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.