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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.