Hoover Institution Retreat October 21–23, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012
John Raisian gives welcoming remarks
Sunday, October 21
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception in the Ford Gardens at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
6:30 p.m. Dinner in McCaw Hall
Welcoming remarks by John Raisian
Before-dinner remarks by Bob McDonnell
Monday, October 22
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Opening remarks by John Raisian
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Nicholas Eberstadt
A Nation of Takers: America's Entitlement Epidemic
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Joshua Rauh
Debt in Disguise: The Crisis in Public Employee Pensions
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. James Ceaser
Crossroad: The Stakes in the 2012 Elections
11:15 a.m. – noon John Taylor
Government Policies and the Delayed Economic Recovery
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Choice of breakout sessions:
Kenneth Jowitt
How Important Is the Middle East?
Gary Roughead
Sequestration: Defense Budgeting with an Ax
Kori Schake
State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Choice of breakout sessions:
Jennifer Burns
Ayn Rand and the Intellectual History of Conservatism
Thomas Henriksen
America and the Rogue States
Joseph Rago
The New Fatal Conceit: Technocracy, Prices, and US Health Care after the Affordable Care Act
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Choice of breakout sessions:
Abbas Milani
Iran’s Nuclear Program: Problems and Prospects
Jonathan Rodden
The European Debt Crisis in Comparative Perspective
5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Traditional reception in the Ford Gardens at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
(Viewing screens provided for Presidential Debates)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Traditional reception in the Ford Gardens at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
7:30 p.m. Dinner in McCaw Hall
Before-dinner remarks by George P. Shultz
A Constructive Agenda
Tuesday, October 23
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Kimberley Strassel
Two Weeks to Go: Where We Stand in the Final Countdown to the 2012 Elections
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Fouad Ajami
Hubris Undone: The Islamic Tutorial of Barack Obama
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. John Cochrane
Toward a Run-Free Financial System: How to Repeal and Replace Dodd–Frank
11:00 – noon Panel discussion
David Brady
Douglas Rivers
Daron Shaw
Public Opinion and the Race to 270

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