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Deciding China’s Political Future

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Deciding China’s Political Future

Once every five years, China's top communist leaders meet to lay down the blueprint for national development for the next half decade, discuss inner party politics, review the work of the last five years and, most significantly, pick their successors. The Seventeenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China finds the country facing complex questions about its future direction, even though its current President Hu Jintao appears to be a shoo-in for another five-year term.


By CFR, USA.


Governance Policy Resource.


Dissuading China and Fighting the “Long War”

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Dissuading China and Fighting the “Long War”

In January, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld submitted to Congress the Pentagon’s third Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).1 Mandated by Congress in 1996, these reviews are supposed to show how the Department of Defense will provision and enact the nation’s military strategy. The 2006 iteration is the first to fully reflect the department’s post-9/11 innovations and the first to encapsulate the putative lessons of the Iraq war. Nonetheless, it came and went with little controversy or even notice.


By PDA,USA.


Governance Policy Resource.


Better Late than Never?

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Better Late than Never?

This paper assesses the policy-making process behind the Canadian Parliament’s mandated review of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) and the expiry of preventive arrests and investigative hearings in the ATA. As such, it provides a preliminary glimpse into the complexities of national security policy-making. Policy-makers in this area must grapple with difficult issues that involve liberty, security, equality, privacy and Canada’s international relationships.


By IRPP,Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.