On Monday, December 9, 2013, “NAFTA At Twenty,” a conference on the twentieth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, was hosted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Click here to view the event.
Swedish author and historian Bengt Jangfeldt spoke Tuesday to a packed Stauffer auditorium on the heroic actions and tragic fate of the young Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in Hungary during World War II, including a member of the audience (as well as the late Tom Lantos, a former member of Congress from California).
Paul Gregory’s discussion of his Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives is available for viewing at C-SPAN’s Book Notes.
On August 15, the Arctic Security Initiative convened a Technology Working Group of policy and technical experts to discuss the continuing challenges of operating in the Arctic, one of a series focused on how best to help policy makers understand both the importance and the challenges of the US Arctic region.
Whether peaceful or menacing, China’s rise is a fact. To help us understand the new China, we must look at its past; by studying its complicated history and its relationships with the United States and its Asian neighbors we can begin to understand the principles and actions of this ancient yet vibrant country and thus facilitate US policy making.
Collectivization is one of the most studied aspects of Soviet history. This talk by Professor Stephen Kotkin will reexamine Stalin’s decision making and the formation of the totalitarian system by putting the audience inside Stalin’s head.
A bipartisan Taiwanese legislative delegation visited Hoover on Friday, July 12, 2013, as part of a diplomatic tour of the United States. The delegation included legislators Lin Yu-fang, Chen Tan-sun, Chan Kai-chin, and Wang Yu-min and officials from Taiwan’s foreign and defense ministries. Accompanied by Bruce Fuh, director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, the delegation met and exchanged views on US-Taiwan relations with Hoover fellows.
The Hoover Institution hosted its annual Board of Overseers’ summer meeting during July 9–11, 2013.
The program began on Tuesday evening with before-dinner remarks by Paul D. Clement, a partner at Bancroft PLLC. Clement served as the forty-third solicitor general of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. He has argued more than sixty-five cases before the US Supreme Court. During Clement’s speech, titled “Federalism in the Roberts Court,” he talked about the revitalization of federalism in the Rehnquist court “imposing some limits on the federal government’s power vis-a-vis the states.”
The most significant physical event on our planet since the end of the Ice Age is taking place today: the opening of the Arctic. Activity in the high north will increase. Fish stocks will migrate, and pursuing fishing fleets will thus move farther north. Access to natural resources will expand. New maritime shipping routes can reduce shipping times and costs and accelerate ties among commercial centers. Indigenous populations will be affected profoundly and rapidly.
Senator Rand Paul, a US Senator from Kentucky, joined Hoover fellows for a Leadership Forum roundtable luncheon at the Hoover Institution on Thursday, May 30. The thoughtful exchange allowed the senator to discuss important policy issues, such as immigration reform, alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, the future of the Republican Party, the war on drugs, entitlement reform, and urban development. Hoover fellows included those with expertise in political science, taxation, economic policy, health care policy, and international affairs.