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Left to right: Galeazzo Ciano, Lord Halifax, Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini (Istituto Luce Photograph Album, Hoover Institution Archives)

When Chamberlain Met Mussolini: Photographs from Fascist Italy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In January 1939, UK prime minister Neville Chamberlain and UK foreign secretary Lord Halifax visited Rome to confer with Italian premier Benito Mussolini, hoping to find some way to appease the Italians and maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean. Although the visit did not produce the political results desired by Chamberlain and Halifax, it nonetheless yielded a fascinating album of forty-nine high-quality photos documenting the trip now available at the Hoover Archives.

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William Tonesk translating for General Dwight Eisenhower, Warsaw, 1945 (William John Tonesk Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)

Papers of US Intelligence Officer & Diplomat William Tonesk Now Open

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives has acquired the papers of William John Tonesk, a US intelligence officer with a distinguished career covering Eastern Europe and the Far East. Born in 1906 as Władysław Jan Toniecki to a Polish immigrant family in Schenectady, New York, his parents instilled in him a deep-rooted interest in Polish culture, language, and literature. In the second half of 1945, Tonesk was moved to Warsaw as aide to US ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane. Soon after, he began working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After leaving the CIA in 1952, Tonesk served as a consultant to the Republican National Committee and US deputy chief of protocol.

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Stanford Professor David Laitin Donates Collection on Somalia

Monday, May 18, 2015

The David D. Laitin Papers contain writings, correspondence, and printed matter relating to the history, language, and political and social conditions in Somalia in particular and the Horn of Africa in general. Included is a nearly complete run of the rare STORM (Somali, Tigray & Oromo Resistance Monitor) newsletter.

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Podcasts And Chartcasts From April's 2015 Retreat Now Available Online

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Hoover Institution held its annual Spring retreat on Wednesday, April 20, 2015. The conference offered presentations by Hoover fellows on a wide range of public policy issues, from U.S. history to foreign policy to the environmental and economic challenges of the future. 

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General Joseph Stilwell with Chinese Nationalist generals outside Kunming, 1943 (Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers, Box 92, Hoover Institution Archives)

The Girl in the Picture: Stilwell Photo Leads to Surprising Reunion

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Before his trip to Kunming, China, a few years ago, John Easterbrook, a grandson of General Joseph W. Stilwell, discovered, in the Stilwell Collection in the Hoover Archives, some unique photographs of his grandfather and a number of Chinese Nationalist generals taken outside Kunming in 1943

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Hoover Institution Golden State Poll: Californians Face a Housing Conundrum

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amid California’s recovery from its great recession, a new Golden State Poll conducted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University finds Golden State residents concerned about  younger generations’ being able to meet the demands of exorbitant housing prices, and the ability of low- and middle-income residents to claim their piece of the California Dream and  being priced out of where they currently live.

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Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration's Addresses on National Security Law

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press released Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration's Addresses on National Security Lawan examination of the speeches of the Obama administration on national security legal issues, detailing their positions on principles currently contested at both the domestic and the international level. 

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The Hoover Institution Launches New iPad App

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Stanford

The Hoover Institution is pleased to announce the launch of its first iPad app, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple app store from Stanford University at http://hvr.co/HooverApp.

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The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby
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Hoover Institution’s The War That Must Never Be Fought Argues for Nuclear Free World

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press announced that The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby, is available online at Hooverpress.org. This collection of essays challenges outdated deterrence theories, reexamines notions from the Cold War, and asserts that a world without nuclear weapons is in the best interests of the United States.  

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Michael Franc, former policy director and counsel to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will be the new director of Washington, DC, Programs for the Hoover Institution.
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Hoover Institution Announces New Washington, DC, Director

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Stanford

The Hoover Institution is pleased to announce that Michael Franc, former policy director and counsel to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is the new director of Washington, DC, programs for the Hoover Institution. Franc, who will also serve as a research fellow, will oversee the Hoover’s Washington, DC, research and outreach initiatives to promote ideas and scholarship in our nation’s capital.

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