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.
Hoover fellows comment on the events in the Middle East. Will the revolutions beget counterrevolutions and new rounds of repression and revolt?
The following are links to articles, videos, podcasts, and commentary by Hoover fellows concerning the mayhem in the Middle East.
“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 on December 9, 2013. The conference brought those who negotiated NAFTA for Canada, the United States and Mexico together with leading scholars who have studied NAFTA’s effects.
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.
The Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order is issuing a new series of long working papers under the title The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of the Middle East. 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.
Steven Teles of Johns Hopkins University talks with EconTalk host Russell Roberts about kludgeocracy, a term Teles coined in a National Affairs article to describe what he sees as the complex and unproductive state of political governance in the United States, particularly at the federal level. Topics include size versus complexity of government, how federalism leads to kludgeocracy, education policy, and the Affordable Care Act.