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How We Fight in the Twenty-First Century: Winning Battles While Losing Wars

by Bing Westvia Analysis
Thursday, December 10, 2015

The intent of this essay is to shed light upon why the United States is performing so poorly in twenty-first-century warfare. War is the act of relentlessly destroying and killing until the enemy is broken physically and morally, and no longer resists the advancement of our policy objectives. By that definition, President Obama eschews war. Plus, our generals have imposed rules of engagement that prevent the application of our relative advantages in air and precision firepower. Our enemies do not fear us and our friends do not trust us. Sensible steps can turn that around, but that depends upon the next commander in chief. Our beloved nation does not have a martial spirit, and perhaps does not need one. It does need a military inculcated with a warrior spirit.

Nuclear Weapons
Analysis and Commentary

A Renewed Vision For Nuclear Risk Reduction

by Michael J. Mazarr mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Newsweek
Monday, July 6, 2015

This essay from the Hoover Digest argues that a new strategic era is emerging, one that is more multipolar, more grass roots-oriented, populated by a wider array of empowered actors, and characterized by greater degrees of identity-seeking rivalry and competition.

Analysis and Commentary

Licensing Small Modular Reactors: An Overview Of Regulatory And Policy Issues

by William C. Ostendorff, Amy Cubbagevia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 6, 2015

Small modular reactors (SMRs) have recently garnered significant interest in the United States and abroad. The responsibility to review and license SMRs falls to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has been closely watching small modular reactor developments and is currently conducting detailed pre-application reviews.

Analysis and Commentary

Small Modular Reactors: A Call For Action

by William J. Madia , Regis Matzie , Gary Vinevia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 6, 2015

The US Small Modular Reactor (SMR) effort is at a critical juncture. SMRs offer a new approach to a familiar energy technology, one with significant environmental, energy security, and international strategic advantages. Despite industry support and a successful start to government licensing programs, a number of interrelated economic challenges remain.

Analysis and Commentary

Failed States

with Francis Fukuyama, Stephen D. Krasner, Amy Zegart, Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry, James D. Fearonvia Working Group on Foreign Policy
Thursday, May 14, 2015

This essay series focuses on two critical questions: When should the U.S. intervene in weak states and what form should this intervention take?

Preface: The War That Must Never Be Fought

by George P. Shultzvia Analysis
Thursday, March 12, 2015

The War That Must Never Be Fought borrows its title from President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union message of 1984 in which he declared "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” In this introduction, former Secretary of State George Shultz relates how he felt on learning that U.S. atomic bombs had destroyed two major Japanese cities and paved the way for the end of World War ll in the Pacific.

Are Efficiency and Equity in School Finance Substitutes or Complements?

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Journal of Economic Perspectives
Sunday, September 1, 1996

Since desegregation, the most important changes to American elementary and secondary schooling have almost certainly been in the realm of school finance.

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Regional Tensions around China and the Role of the US in the Western Pacific

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Analysis
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

China’s endeavor to revive a grand “Chinese Dream” of past glory and preeminence in world affairs is the driving force in creating the current geopolitical tensions in the Asia Pacific region. The US Military superiority and American political hostility toward Chinese communism have been able to check and balance China’s age-old ambition of dominance in the region.

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Interest, Fear, and Honor

by Thomas Donnellyvia Analysis
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

For both structural and cultural reasons, it seems likely that China’s rise as a global great power will provoke conflict with neighboring states and even farther abroad. Rising powers throughout history have sought to reshape the international balance of power to their liking, and the particular East Asian order that China wishes to restructure–led by the United States but with a hub-and-spoke design that is problematic for collective deterrence and defense –is inherently vulnerable and made more so by the seeming weakness of current US policy.

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Is Iran an Ally or Enemy?

by Bing Westvia Analysis
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In Syria, the besieged government of the Assad regime clings to about half of the territory, while Sunni factions fight over the other half. In Iraq, the Shiites control the south, the Kurds control the northeast, and the Sunnis in the northwest are controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Sykes-Picot division of Mesopotamia no longer exists, except in the minds of Obama White House operatives who will leave a full-scale disaster to the next administration.