The Hoover Institution's annual report is the premier guide to the policy challenges that top Hoover experts are paying close attention to, as well as how fellows are applying the institution’s resources toward improving individual well-being and national prosperity.

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This Annual Report highlights the scholarly activity of the Hoover Institution fellowship during the academic year 2020­–21.

In the area of domestic policy, a cohort of fellows worked with education policy makers across America to publish a new volume that detailed how to expand opportunities for students and mitigate learning losses that resulted from pandemic-related school closures. Another group of fellows partnered with the Alabama Innovation Commission to help the state improve its labor force, enhance its infrastructure, and strengthen its economy. The Hoover Institution hopes to expand this model to other states and local jurisdictions and help address concerns of governors, mayors, and other policy makers.  

In the area of foreign policy, the report explains how the Hoover Institution has expanded initiatives assessing China’s aggression against its neighbors and ambitions to reshape the international order. These Hoover programs include the creation of new working groups devoted to strengthening dialogues among democracies in the Indo-Pacific Region, as well as evaluating the growing influence of China’s new digital currency and electronic payment system.

The pages of this report describe new books written by Hoover fellows, including Milbank Family Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson’s Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, a history of disasters and the ability of societies to cope with them; and Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow H. R. McMaster’s Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, which advocates that America rebuild its strategic competence by embracing “strategic empathy,” that is, the willingness to understand the emotions, ideology, and aspirations that drive and constrain rivals and adversaries.

This report also illustrates Hoover’s continued efforts to promulgate fellows’ research via traditional and newer forms of communications, including its educational video platform PolicyEd, which continues to reach record audiences of younger Americans.

The 2021 Annual Report includes a chapter about the work of the Library & Archives, which advances Herbert Hoover’s founding mission for the institution by acquiring important historical collections on war, revolution, and peace; and digitizing and expanding access to these and other resources among students and the scholarly community. This year, the Library & Archives debuted a new publication, Fanning the Flames, edited by Kaoru Ueda, curator for the Japanese Diaspora Collection. The richly illustrated book describes the role of propaganda in the rise of modern Japan, from the Russo-Japanese War through World War II. To celebrate the publication’s launch, Library & Archives created digital storytelling presentations and organized a virtual speaker series featuring conversations with leading scholars on modern East Asian history, art, and propaganda.

Finally, this annual report features tributes to estimable members of the Hoover family who recently passed away, among them distinguished fellow and former secretary of state George P. Shultz, and senior fellow and renowned economist Edward P. Lazear.

These are just some of the highlights described in the Hoover Institution’s 2021 Annual Report. Click here to read the whole report.

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