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Analysis and Commentary

Achilles And Patroclus: Archetypal Heroes

by Tod Lindbergquoting Kori Schakevia War on the Rocks
Thursday, December 10, 2015

My dear friend Kori Schake has written a wonderful article at War on the Rocks in praise (mostly) of my new book, The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern. The book takes up the subject of how ideas about heroism changed over the millennia and what this tells us about ourselves.


Public Discontent Has Fueled The Trump Phenomenon

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, December 10, 2015

The more analysts try to figure out Donald Trump’s appeal, the more they sound baffled.

Lending Standards, Credit Booms, and Monetary Policy

via Economics Working Papers
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Economics Working Paper WP15115

Analysis and Commentary

From The Horse's Mouth

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Later, at the site where world leaders are meeting to negotiate a climate pact outside of Paris, California governor Jerry Brown urged a small crowd to "never underestimate the coercive power of the central state in the service of good."

Analysis and Commentary

Update: America Has No Arab Allies

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, December 10, 2015

His comments state the reality of so-called Arab allies. Carter acknowledged a missing element in the campaign: a more assertive role by Sunni Arab allies from the Gulf in the effort against Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group.

Analysis and Commentary

SSCI Study Of The CIA’s Detention And Interrogation Program: A Flawed Report

by Amy Zegartvia Lawfare
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Who won the torture debate -- the CIA or Senate Intelligence Committee Report? Were waterboarding, rectal hydration, stress positions, and other techniques used against detainees effective? Legal? Ethical? In a forthcoming special issue of the journal Intelligence and National Security, a range of academics and one former CIA lawyer weigh in.

Featured AnalysisFeatured

Meeting The ISIS Challenge

by Kori Schakevia The Caravan
Thursday, December 10, 2015

President Obama raises an interesting and important challenge for those of us who believe his approach to the threat of ISIS is misguided: develop a better strategy.  Any successful strategy requires three elements: a defined political end state, a prescribed series of actions to attain the end state, and means commensurate with your aims.  President Obama’s strategy fails all three of those tests. 


Can Trump, Cruz Win Over GOP's "Four Factions"?

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Republicans who actually want their party to win the White House next year are increasingly worried.


Losing The Ability To Compare Academic Performance Across States

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Robert Pondisciovia EducationNext
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Our friend and colleague Mike Petrilli is right about many things, but he’s wrong to dismiss solid interstate comparisons of academic performance as a “nice to have,” not a “must-have.” 

In the News

Hanson On California: The Picture Is Bleak

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Victor Davis Hanson, whose family has lived in California for generations, has written a new book. Jarrett Stepman of Breitbart reviewed The Decline and Fall of California: From Decadence to Destruction, where Hanson paints a stark picture of California’s decline from a state that exemplified the American dream to one crushed under the weight of its utopian vision.