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The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of the Middle East essay series
The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of the Middle East essay series.

The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of the Middle East essay series

The Working Group on Islamism and the International Order is issuing a new series of long working papers. This series of essays grapples with the eroding of the old Middle Eastern order of states and the sweeping changes that have hit the Greater Middle East in the past few years. It’s a mantra, but it is also true: the Middle East is being unmade and remade. The aim of these essays is to examine the new history of the region through a searching inquiry.

Defining Ideas: Executive Power on Steroids

Defining Ideas: Executive Power on Steroids

William Kent Suter, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, writes that much has been made recently about the Obama administration’s aggressive and excessive use of executive power. For example, the administration has repeatedly changed significant parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without express legislative authority. Similar excessive executive authority has been used in executing laws pertaining to entitlements and immigration. The administration also exerts its strong-arm on a more local level, as evidenced by several recent U.S. Supreme Court cases. In those cases, which have received very little attention, the Obama administration took a crabbed view of an individual’s fundamental rights…

Talks from Hoover’s Desert and Carmel Valley conferences available online
Talks from Hoover’s Desert and Carmel Valley conferences available online.

Talks from Hoover’s Desert and Carmel Valley conferences available online

The past several months have given Hoover scholars a number of opportunities to share their research and ideas. Below are selected podcasts and a chartcast from Hoover's Carmel Valley and Desert conferences, covering topics from Mo Fiorina’s analytic discussion of US politics to Abbas Milani’s enlightening talk on US-Iran relations to Victor Davis Hanson’s riveting comparison of current events to World War II Germany.

Podcasts from What Lies Ahead now available online
What Lies Ahead for America's Children and Their Schools.

Podcasts from What Lies Ahead now available online

Recently Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education debated the future of education in its new book What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools.  To accompany their chapters, three task force members and education scholars have produced podcasts discussing their specific expertise, such as governance, technology, and education resources.  These Hoover exclusive podcasts are available below.

April 23, 2014 | Project Syndicate

The Gain in Spain

April 22, 2014 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Obamacare: Debate Over?

April 22, 2014 | Real Clear Politics

Gay-Marriage Backers, Admirably Open to Dissent

April 22, 2014 | Forbes.com

CDC Would Sacrifice Kids To Cut Healthcare Costs

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Library and Archives
April 17, 2014

New Collection: Papers of Polish Ambassador Zdzisław Rurarz

Ambassador Zdzisław Rurarz speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

In December 1981, when Poland’s communist authorities declared martial law and arrested thousands of Solidarity activists, two distinguished Polish diplomats protested by renouncing their allegiance to the Moscow-dominated government in Warsaw and seeking political asylum in the United States. One was Romuald Spasowski, ambassador to the United States; the other was Zdzisław Rurarz, Poland’s ambassador to Japan. The Spasowski papers came to Hoover nearly two decades ago, the Rurarz archives only now. That both collections ended up here and not in Poland or elsewhere reflects the donors’ confidence in the strength and the credibility of the Hoover Archives, which are already home to the largest and most comprehensive holdings on modern Poland outside Poland.

April 16, 2014

Archives Opens in Renovated Reading Room

The new archives reading room on April 15, 2014

The newly renovated archives reading room reopened on March 31, with seats for sixteen more researchers--and their laptops and cameras. It can now hold fifty-five researchers: forty of those working with paper-based collections, eight computer workstations for those using digital collections, six microfilm readers, and a DVD viewing station. More computer workstations and microfilm readers may be added in the future.

April 8, 2014

Amateur Color Films from World War II Now Available

Hitler’s burned and bombed mountain-side home in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof,

Thanks to a 2013 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, five unique amateur films from the William P. Miller papers have been preserved. Those films, made from approximately 1943 to 1945, feature footage of the North African and European theaters during World War II.

April 2, 2014

New Collection Sheds Light on Postwar Okinawa

Ryukyu Islands map (Forrest Ralph Pitts papers, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archiv

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Forrest Ralph Pitts (1924-2014), emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

March 20, 2014

Valentine Morozoff Papers Open: New Collection on Russian Emigrés in Japan

Consul Pavel Vaskevich with two Japanese gentlemen (Valentine F. Morozoff Papers

One significant consequence of the revolution in Russia in 1917 was the mass exodus of opponents of the Bolshevik regime: the first mass political emigration of the twentieth century. The fate of these émigrés continues to interest historians and other researchers to this day; bearing in mind growing trends in international history and migration studies, it will continue to do so in the future.

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April 22, 2014 | Hoover Institution

Is the ObamaCare Debate Over?

Hoover launches “The Libertarian” podcast

Richard Epstein argues that ObamaCare’s enrollment surge can’t mask the program’s deeper problems.

April 22, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Blahous on the John Batchelor Show: “a colossal fiscal disaster is unfolding before our eyes”

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Hoover research fellow Charles Blahous, along with Larry Kudlow of CNBC, discusses the Affordable Care Act on the John Batchelor Show. Topics include topics include the cost of the Affordable Care Act relative to other social programs, the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS), and the employer mandate.

April 21, 2014 | EconTalk

McArdle on failure, success, and The Up Side of Down

Russell D. Roberts

Megan McArdle, of Bloomberg View and author of The Up Side of Down, talks with EconTalk host Russell Roberts about her book. McArdle argues that failure is a crucial part of success in both personal life and the large economy. Topics covered include the psychology of failure, unemployment, and bankruptcy and parole.

April 18, 2014 | MSNBC

McFaul on MSNBC: “it wasn’t a great deal, but a whole lot better than the alternatives”

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Hoover senior fellow Michael McFaul discusses the recent deal between Ukraine and Russia on MSNBC’s Hardball. Topics include the details of the deal, possible actions should the deal fall through, and anti-Semitism in Ukraine as a product of Putin’s nationalism.

April 15, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Bruno on the John Batchelor Show: “it’s a steady note for Democrats and an upward trajectory for Republicans”

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Hoover research fellow Carson Bruno discusses the proposal to divide California into six states on the John Batchelor Show. Topics include the potential effect on the Congressional delegation, wealth distribution, and the impact on social programs.

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