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 Hoover Institution Annual Report 2023 highlights the activities of the Hoover Institution during the 2022‒23 academic year, a period that Director Condoleezza Rice called “the most uncertain geopolitical environment since the beginning of the Soviet Union’s collapse.”
In the past academic year, Hoover convened great minds from its own halls and elsewhere to exchange ideas, increasing the number of in-person events and multidisciplinary collaboration efforts to address America’s challenges today and in the future.
Here are some of the highlights from the 2023 annual report:
- We bade farewell to one of the most important stewards in the Hoover Institution’s history, former director John Raisian, who passed away in April. Raisian led the Institution for twenty-five years, guiding it through a significant formative period that shaped what the organization is today.
- Three new fellows—Steven J. Davis, Ross Levine, and Valerie Ramey—joined the Institution, bringing with them fresh insights in the field of economics.
- Hoover’s Economic Policy Working Group marked fifteen years of convening experts to conduct rigorous analysis and generate ideas that advance economic freedom.
- Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson’s Military History Working Group held its largest conference ever, discussing the state of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
- The Hoover History Lab, directed by Senior Fellow Stephen Kotkin, launched with the goal of supplying leaders in the public, private, and educational sectors with consequential historical information so that they can understand the present world and where it might be headed.
- The Hoover Institution Library & Archives hosted the exhibition Bread + Medicine in the Hoover Tower, documenting the story of the American rescue operation led by Herbert Hoover during the catastrophic famine in Russia and Ukraine a century ago. The Bread + Medicine project included a companion book, an online exhibition, a speakers series, and a first-ever film screening with a live musical accompaniment by a Stanford student string quartet.
- Hoover hosted the US House Select Committee on China, in which a bipartisan panel of elected members exchanged ideas with numerous fellows on how to counter multiple threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party.
- In partnership with the Asia Society Center on US‒China Relations, Hoover released Silicon Triangle, a new report detailing how the United States can work with its partners to safeguard the supply of crucial semiconductors and effectively compete with the People’s Republic of China.
- Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek published research showing learning loss among pupils in all fifty states, translating to a decline in income of between 2 and 9 percent through each student’s working life, in comparison to expected earnings before the pandemic.
- Distinguished Research Fellow Margaret (Macke) Raymond led the publication of Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) report, National Charter School Study III 2023, finding that charter school attendees showed significant gains in reading and math growth over their public school-educated peers.
- The Wargaming and Crisis Simulation Initiative, founded and directed by Hoover Fellow Jacquelyn Schneider, launched with the mission of expanding the use of wargaming simulations to catalyze innovations in academia and public policy.
- Several Hoover fellows appeared in the media to speak about Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, including Director Condoleezza Rice and senior fellows Michael McFaul and Stephen Kotkin.
- Hoover fellows have become an integral part of Stanford faculty teaching civics to the university’s undergraduates.
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Hoover in October 2022 and spoke with Rice and students about securing the post-Cold War liberal order.
- The new George P. Shultz Building is set to open in February 2024.