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World Is ‘Dangerously Unprepared’ For The Next Epidemic

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mobile apps are a fabulous waste of time and infinitely diverting. Except for “Plague Inc.” The object of this strategy game is to achieve biological annihilation of the world with a complex virus or bacterial infection that runs roughshod over borders, seeking warm and moist host bodies. People are infected and die regardless of their religion or nationality.

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Lessons From California’s Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The state implemented ideologically driven environmentalist policies that caused millions to suffer.

Analysis and Commentary

An Out Of The Box Approach To The Going Dark Problem

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I’ve been thinking about out-of-the-box ways to address the "Going Dark" problem. Specifically, I am looking for approaches that potentially thread the needle between an industry allergic to any technological mandates, civil libertarians and cryptographers deeply committed to strong encryption without back doors, and a government alarmed by the rise of encrypted communications it cannot capture.


Modification Of Embryos Will Someday Treat Hideous Diseases

by Henry I. Millervia National Review
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On Monday a story in the British newspaper The Independent had this breathless lede: “Scientists in the UK will be allowed to genetically modify human embryos for the first time in history, after they received a licence to go ahead with groundbreaking research into the early stages of human life.” Few in the scientific community would find this earth-shattering.

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The Libertarian: “The Flint Water Crisis”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Understanding the legal implications of lead in the Michigan city’s water supply.


Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 1, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Other Drug War."

In the News

Encryption Won't Prevent Surveillance, Study Finds

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia US News and World Report
Monday, February 1, 2016

New consumer gadgets create more ways to monitor crime online, technologists report.

In the News

Ensuring A Water Supply

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Chemical Engineering Online
Monday, February 1, 2016

This past December marked the dedication of the largest seawater desalination plant in the U.S. The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, named for the former Carlsbad, Calif. mayor who was instrumental in choosing the location, is designed to provide 50 million gallons of water per day to San Diego County from the Pacific Ocean, to help minimize the area’s vulnerability to drought.


California Of The Dark Ages

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 31, 2016

I recently took a few road trips longitudinally and latitudinally across California. The state bears little to no resemblance to what I was born into. In a word, it is now a medieval place of lords and peasants—and few in between.

In the News

Cruz Right, Trump Wrong On Ethanol

quoting Henry I. Millervia American Thinker
Saturday, January 30, 2016

It has been said that if we were getting so-called “alternative” energy from potatoes instead of corn, the first primary/caucus would be held in Idaho instead of Iowa. 


Research Teams

The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.