Hoover Institution Retreat April 24–26, 2005

Saturday, April 23, 2005
Sunday, April 24
6:30 p.m. Welcoming remarks by John Raisian, Director of the Hoover Institution,
and Kurt Hauser, Chairman of the Hoover Board of Overseers
Before-dinner remarks by Fouad Ajami
The Autumn of the Autocrats
Monday, April 25
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Opening remarks by John Raisian
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Kori Schake
Profligacy and Power: America's Strategic Choices
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Edwin Meese
Congress and Judicial Appointments
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. John Taylor
The U.S. International Economic Policy Agenda
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Kenneth Jowitt
Democracy, Destabilization, Disintegration
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Choice of Conversations:
Michael Boskin
The State of the Domestic Economic Policy Agenda
David Brady
President Bush's Legislative Agenda: Prospects in the 109th Congress
Stephen Haber
Why Latin America Has Turned Left- and What It Means for the United States
Robert Zelnick
Reporters to Jail: Protecting Sources and the First Amendment
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Choice of Conversations:
Mary Eberstadt
Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavorial Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes
Alvin Rabushka
Tax Reform: Reality or Will-o'-the-Wisp?
Kiron Skinner
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's Big Achievement: Transforming the Military
Paul Sniderman
Affirmative Action and the American People
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Choice of Conversations:
Peter Berkowitz
The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture of Freedom
John Cogan
Social Security Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?
George Schultz
A Conversation
Steven Weisman
U.S. Diplomacy in the Second George W. Bush Administration
7:15 p.m. Before-dinner remarks by David Brooks
America in 2050: The World We'll Leave Our Children
Tuesday, April 26
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Elena Danielson
An Update on the Activities of the Hoover Library and Archives
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Andrew Rich
Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Spencer Abraham
The Global Energy Race: Meeting the World's Energy Crisis and Challenges
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Diane Ravitch
Bloomberg's Education Reforms: How Smart Businessmen Can Go Wrong
11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Tunku Varadarajan
An Essential American Reading List (or Let's Make Our Immigrants Read Longfellow)
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Larry Diamond
Michael McFaul
Abbas Milani
Will Iran be the Next Iraq?
2:45 p.m. Wrap-up by John Raisian

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