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Military Affairs

The Mystery of the Missing Godfather: Civil-Military Relations and the Shenzhou-5 Manned Space Mission

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

On October 15, 2003, China launched Shenzhou-5, its first manned space mission. China's space program was personally associated with Jiang during his tenure China's top leader, and he was prominently involved in the previous four Shenzhou launches. In the saturated media coverage of the launch and recovery, however, Jiang was noticeably absent. Instead, the new top party leader Hu Jintao was the center of the action, issuing the "important speech" on the success of the mission, and PRC Premier Wen Jiabao played a significant role. This report examines the possible reasons why Jiang was not in attendance at the Shenzhou-5 launch and assesses their implications for Chinese civil-military relations.

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.

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A Case Study in Leadership

via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

Ronald Reagan made it all look easy. But even for him, it wasn’t. By Hoover overseer Buzz McCoy.

Confronting Anti-Americanism Abroad—and at Home

by Jeremi Surivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

Why opposition to American policy in Iraq is not really about Iraq but about America itself. By Hoover national fellow Jeremi Suri.

Foreign Aid and the National Interest

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

How should the United States approach foreign aid? Andrew Natsios and Hoover fellow Larry Diamond recommend tough love.

Edward Teller

Tribute to a Patriot

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

How fortunate for the free world that America has served as a haven for immigrants such as Edward Teller. By Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman.

Messages from a Lost World

by Elena Danielson, Zachary Baker, Maciej Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

A collection of thank-you letters from Polish children to Herbert Hoover following World War I offers a glimpse into a lost world of European Jewry. By Hoover Archives director Elena S. Danielson, Zachary Baker, and Maciej Siekierski.

Foreign Policy

China's Foreign Policy Leadership: Testing Time

by Robert L. Suettingervia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, January 30, 2004

Over the course of the last two years, and particularly since the elevation of Hu Jintao to the most prominent positions in China's leadership, China's foreign policy appears to have undergone a significant transformation in favor of enhanced pragmatism, flexibility, and sophistication. This transformation has coincided with what leaders both in Beijing and in Washington have characterized as the best period in U.S.-China relations in more than a decade. Nevertheless, it is evidence of the volatility of the U.S.-China relationship, and of the difficulty of managing it consistently, that commentators on both sides have recently begun forecasting considerable tension. The proximate cause of this rise in tensions, as it has been so often in the past, is the Taiwan issue, specifically the U.S. attitude toward the Chen Shui-bian government and recent actions Taiwan has taken that Beijing interprets as moves toward independence. For China's leadership, the ensuing months are going to be a time of further testing. Although neither party General Secretary Hu Jintao's nor PRC Premier Wen Jiabao's job security is not in jeopardy, neither man's reputation will be burnished by the after-effects of the latest contretemps over Taiwan. How strongly they will push back against domestic critics to maintain China's mild-mannered approach to Washington and Taipei remains an open question.

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Do the Tories Matter?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

With Tony Blair’s popularity plummeting and a strong new leader at the helm of the Conservative Party, could the Tories be making a comeback at long last? By Hoover fellow Gerald A. Dorfman.

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The Grand Strategy of Vladimir Putin

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

Vladimir Putin has a plan—to roll back democracy. By Hoover fellow Michael McFaul. Sidebar: An Ominous Trend: Russian nationalism rears its ugly head.