The Hoover Institution's annual report is the premier guide to the policy challenges addressed by Hoover scholars and how they applied the institution’s resources to increase prosperity, enhance national security, and improve the human condition.
The Annual Report highlights the scholarly activity of the Hoover Institution fellowship during the academic year 2021–22.
The report announces the appointments of new senior fellows, including the preeminent historian of Russia and global politics Stephen Kotkin, distinguished economist Peter Blair Henry, and scholar of American politics Brandice Canes-Wrone.
The report highlights the inaugural education summit, featuring discussions with scholars, educators, activists, and other experts about the formulation and advancement of policies aimed at improving outcomes for K–12 students. Among the featured speakers at the summit was Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek, winner of the 2021 Yidan Prize, the world’s most prestigious education accolade.
Its pages note that 2022 marked the first time in three years the Hoover Institution hosted its monetary policy conference. Organized by senior fellows John Taylor and John Cochrane and distinguished visiting fellow Michael Bordo, the sessions featured presentations of papers on the implications of the US Federal Reserve’s hesitancy to dampen prices by raising interest rates and imposing a rules-based monetary policy.
In the area of domestic policy, the report underscores fellows’ pioneering field research. In the notes from the field section, Senior Fellow Justin Grimmer describes his work in helping shore up security and participation in American elections, and Senior Fellow Joshua Rauh updates readers on the latest work of his policy lab, in particular his team’s solutions to the vexing homelessness crisis in California.
Notably, these pages also describe an exceptional new essay written by Senior Fellow John F. Cogan and Distinguished Visiting Fellow Kevin Warsh, which argues that America can once again regain its economic strength if it returns to its foundational principles of private property rights, individual liberty, limited government, and free and competitive markets.
In foreign policy, the report illustrates how fellows have generated research on how the United States should confront and compete with China. In March 2022, the Hoover Institution Press published the seminal new report Digital Currencies: The US, China, and the World at a Crossroads, edited by senior fellows Darrell Duffie and Elizabeth Economy.
A priority of the Hoover Institution has been to formulate research on how the United States can strengthen its position in the world. This report describes initiatives with this goal in mind, including the launch of the Hoover International Seminar. The seminar convened mid-career public and private sector leaders from like-minded democracies as well as a speaker series and roundtable discussions with policymakers, business leaders, and scholars from the United States and India covering how to strengthen security and advance prosperity between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.
The report highlights new books written by Hoover fellows, including Senior Fellow Amy Zegart’s Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence. As explained in the Communications & Education section, Zegart has developed a crisis simulation based on this work for Stanford undergraduate students. Topics from the book on the importance of intelligence work in US foreign policy were illustrated in PolicyEd’s UnArchived series.
Finally, the 2022 Annual Report includes a section about the important work of the Library & Archives, which has been actively acquiring and preserving collections across the world, including valuable artifacts in Ukraine and other endangered conflict zones. Library & Archives has also been continuing its efforts to expand digital access of its collections to researchers, and forging partnerships with cultural and educational institutions so that Hoover’s collections can be discovered outside the Stanford University campus. Among these collaborations is the loan of materials for the special exhibition Deliverance: America and the Famine in Soviet Russia, 1921–1923 at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. Deliverance was curated by research fellow and historian Bertrand Patenaude.
These are just some of the highlights described in the Hoover Institution’s 2022 Annual Report.
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