The second issue of Strategika explores a topic of immediate and grave concern: Can Iran be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons by sanctions, or ultimately will it require preemptive military action? If Iran becomes nuclear, can it be contained? Tracing the roots of these questions back to the regime of the Shah in 1974, Edward N. Luttwak discusses the historical, political, and ideological background of Iran's nuclear program. Williamson Murray, Ralph Peters, and Victor Davis Hanson provide commentary on how to approach this complex issue, offering a range a potential policy options. Strategika also features discussion questions for educators and policy makers, suggestions for further reading, and an interactive poll question.
Immigration may have fallen from the national spotlight in the last week, but the Senate is wading back in to committee meetings in order to finish considering nearly 300 amendments. Among others accepted in Monday’s session, amendments were agreed to that facilitated law enforcement’s ability to identify and prosecute visa overstays, and allowed immigrants who were victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse to work while seeking visas.
This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell discusses his newest book, Intellectuals and Race, which argues that the impact of intellectuals' ideas and crusades on the larger society, both past and present, is the ultimate concern. (38:27)
“The intellectuals have told them [African Americans] that the world is unjust, that other people are keeping them down, that the fact that they don't have what other people have, is somebody else's fault.”
The archives’ Richard B. Foster collection now has a finding aid. The Foster papers document the work of a leading US national security analyst during the Cold War. In a long career at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute), Foster specialized in strategic forecasting, attempting to predict future military and political developments on the basis of existing trends. He conducted research and wrote about many aspects of US defense policy, especially possible strategies in the event of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The finding aid to the Iris Chang papers in the archives has been expanded to include a description of the substantial increments added to the collection since it was originally received in 2004.
From 1935 to 1940, students from all over the United States participated in a contest to create posters inspired by the theme of Peace. The National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, based in Philadelphia, sponsored the contest; in 1940, the winning posters were reproduced and sold as collectible, stamp-sized stickers. The sponsoring organization was founded by Nancy Babb, a Quaker who volunteered with the American Relief Administration's famine relief efforts in Russia in 1921.
For decades after his defeat by the Chinese Communists in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek relied heavily and almost exclusively on the United States to defend and consolidate his island redoubt, Taiwan, against the communist invasion. Under the facade of an ostensibly formidable US-Taiwan alliance during the cold war, however, Chiang would, from time to time, turn to his erstwhile enemies in World War II for military advice.
The Hoover Institution Library and Archives is home to art with enduring historic value that is both diverse in content and style. One such collection, the illustrations of Mieczyslaw Jałowiecki, were recently photographed by the Digital Imaging Lab so we could provide digital copies to our partner institutions in Lithuania and Poland.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, looks at the IRS's abuse of the permit power and how that abuse also applies to the FDA, the EPA, and local zoning ordinances.
Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, weighs in the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP’s subpoena. Hanson notes that the Obama scandals are similar to those of the Nixon administration in 1973–74.
In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the US Constitution. Topics covered in this wide-ranging conversation include how the interpretation of the Constitution has changed over time, the relationship between state and federal power, judicial activism, the increasing importance of administrative agencies' regulatory power, and political influences on the Supreme Court.
John B. Taylor, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution, testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that the Orderly Liquidation Act (OLA) in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act has not reduced the likelihood of bailouts of large financial firms. Taylor’s blog and Wall Street Journal commentary with Kenneth E. Scott, senior research fellow at Hoover, explain that the OLA requires more discretion by the FDIC, thus leaving policy makers with less clarity about the reorganization process and more likely to ignore it in the heat of a crisis.
Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, weighs in on Russia’s abetting Syrian president Bashar Assad and President Obama’s summit with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.