Communism

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a drill of long-range artillery sub-units of the Korean People's Army, March 2, 2020, photo by KCNA/Reuters

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    How Does North Korean Leadership Make Decisions?

    With talks between the United States and North Korea at a standstill, U.S. policymakers must consider what the regime might do next and know what signs or decisions to look for. Will Kim open the DPRK economy? What if conventional deterrence fails on the Korean Peninsula? And what could lead to the use of nuclear weapons?

    Aug 20, 2020

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Zhang Dejiang after a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 11, 2018

    Commentary

    China's Strengthening of Communist Party Rule Is Not Just a Power Grab

    Strengthening the leadership role of the Communist Party and removing term limits for President Xi Jinping have raised fears about increasingly authoritarian Chinese politics. While repression may well increase, boosting the party’s influence also increases the chance of badly needed reforms concerning governance and the economy.

    Apr 2, 2018

  • Wang Qishan walks past Zhang Dejiang, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, China, March 5, 2018

    Commentary

    One Belt, One Road, One Ruler: China Term Limits Ban Imperils Progress

    The abolition of presidential term limits in China represents a sea change in Communist Party politics and signals the consolidation of personalist rule by President Xi Jinping. Deviations from term limits are deleterious for good governance, political rights, and accountability.

    Mar 6, 2018

  • Participants march on the street during Alilo, a religious procession to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi, Georgia, January 7, 2018

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    Religion, Conflict, and Stability in the Former Soviet Union

    Religion is a visible force in the sociopolitical life of post-Soviet countries. Understanding how religion has contributed to peace or tensions in the region could inform policymakers and others working to bring stability to the former Soviet republics.

    Jan 15, 2018

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 18, 2017

    Commentary

    What Does the 19th Party Congress Mean for the PLA?

    The People's Liberation Army has a lot at stake in China's Communist Party Congress. In addition to changes in military leadership, reports issued at a Party Congress invariably contain directives to the military that can add impetus to ongoing initiatives.

    Oct 18, 2017

  • Would-be emigrants launch a makeshift boat into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S., on the last day of the 1994 Cuban Exodus in Havana, September 13, 1994

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    A Changing Cuba May Create Risks for Maritime Border Security

    A changing Cuba may contribute to less secure maritime borders for the United States. The U.S. should plan accordingly to stop mass movements of both drugs and people.

    Nov 5, 2016

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    Commercial Book

    PLA Influence on China's National Security Policymaking

    This book assesses the relationship between the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and its civilian masters by moving beyond media and pundit speculation to mount an in-depth examination and explanation of the PLA's role in national security policymaking.

    Jun 29, 2016

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    Journal Article

    Party-Army Relations Since the 16th Party Congress: The Battle of the "Two Centers"?

    The 12 months between the 16th Party Congress in October 2002 and the party plenum in November 2003 provide a fascinating snapshot of party-army relations in China.

    Jun 27, 2016

  • Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi and his delegation leave after visiting the Sun Yat-sen mausoleum in Nanjing, Jiangsu province

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    China and Taiwan: Balance of Rivalry with Weapons of Mass Democratization

    An analysis exposes fragility in Beijing's soft power—the limitations of the Chinese Communist Party's political legitimacy and vulnerabilities in China's rise. The example that illustrates a real Achilles's heel hits close to home: the issue of Taiwan.

    Jan 1, 2014

  • People pay their respects in front of a portrait of General Vo Nguyen Giap at his house in Hanoi October 6, 2013

    Commentary

    The Passing of Vietnam Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

    The passing of Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap marks the end of an era for Vietnam — and for giants of the twentieth-century anti-colonial movement throughout the world. As commander of the Viet Minh and the Vietnam People's Army, his strategies led to successes against France and the U.S. that were regarded as among communism's finest military moments.

    Oct 7, 2013

  • East German citizens climb the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg Gate as they celebrate the opening of the border November 10, 1989

    Commentary

    North Korea Could Fall Faster Than We Think

    The United States, South Korea and their allies would be well advised to factor in the possibility that North Korea could collapse in a fit of revolt and economic decay at any time, just as East Germany did, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Jun 3, 2013

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    Commercial Book

    The Operational Code of the Politburo

    Study from 1951 provides insight into the political leadership and foreign policy in the Soviet Union and other communist states; the development of Soviet military strategy and doctrine; and the organization and operation of the Soviet economy.

    Oct 9, 2007

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    Journal Article

    Hu Jintao as China's Emerging National Security Leader

    This chapter assesses Hu Jintao's emergence as a "national security leader."

    Dec 31, 2003

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    Cuba and Lessons From Other Communist Transitions: A Workshop Report

    Cuba and Lessons From Other Communist Transitions: A Workshop Report

    Dec 31, 1997

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    The New Marxist-Leninist States in the Third World

    This paper reviews the emergence of six Marxist-Leninist regimes among Third World Nations: Afghanistan, Yemen, Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.

    Dec 31, 1983

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    Imposing Communism on the Economy of South Vietnam: A Conjectural View

    Projects a postwar South Vietnam controlled by Hanoi's Communist regime.

    Dec 31, 1970

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    The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Indonesia

    This historical analysis of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) focuses on its attempted coup of October 1965.

    Dec 31, 1968

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    Comments on the Wolf-Leites Manuscript: Rebellion and Authority

    June 1968 comments from Albert Wolsteter on the Wolf-Leites Manuscript: ’Rebellion and Authority’.

    Aug 30, 1968

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    Communist strategy in Japan, 1945-1960 [by] A. Rodger Swearingen.

    A case study of the policies, platforms, and technisques employed and problems encountered by th Communist party in Japan from 1945 to 1960. The Memorandum does not attempt to assess the current prospects for Communism there, or to evaluate current C...

    Dec 31, 1964

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    The Sino-Soviet conflict over the transition to communism

    A discussion of the differences between Moscow and Peking over the question of domestic revolutionary strategy, i.e., the "transition to Communism." These differences arise over such issues as the question of timing, the communes, fundamentalism vs. ...

    Dec 31, 1960