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Ukraine, China, And Gun Violence, With Condoleezza Rice

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, Condoleezza Ricevia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Thursday, June 2, 2022

As the Russia–Ukraine conflict approaches the 100-day mark, is any kind of resolution in sight? Condoleezza Rice, former US secretary of state and the Hoover Institution’s Tad and Dianne Taube Director, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane for a conversation encompassing the war in Eastern Europe, its impact on US-Sino policy, plus what the scourge of gun violence says about America’s social and cultural divides.

War, Peace, And Politics With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

As the fighting in Ukraine continues, what’s the wisest strategy for the United States—keep sending weapons, help the Ukrainians broaden their operations, or advocate for a peaceful settlement? Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, joins senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H. R. McMaster for a spirited debate regarding the breadth of American involvement overseas, Donald Trump’s sway over election outcomes, plus California’s drought and its impact on Victor’s farm in the San Joaquin Valley.

“Ukraine Is Going To End Up Winning”

interview with John H. Cochrane, H.R. McMaster, Lieutenant General Ben Hodgesvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

As the war in Ukraine passes the 70-day mark, questions abound as to whether Russia will soon escalate the brutality, how far Ukrainian forces intend to take the fight, plus the West’s long-term appetite for supplying arms and aid. Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commanding general, US Army Europe, joins Hoover senior fellows H. R. McMaster and John Cochrane to discuss what to expect next in Eastern Europe’s war zone.

More Cowbell: BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

A “potluck” edition of GoodFellows this time around, with Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane “bringing their own” topics for group discussion. These include an examination of an anticipated tank battle in Ukraine’s Donbas that’s yet to materialize, China’s disastrous “zero COVID” policy, what a post-Ukraine economic and military order might resemble, plus Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s takedown of Disney and university faculty in the Sunshine State.

Soft Landing: Larry Summers On Inflation, Debt, And A Looming Recession

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, Bill Whalen, Larry Summersvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The GoodFellows return to economics this week, coinciding with news of America’s worst inflation in over 40 years. Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury secretary and Harvard University president emeritus, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss Federal Reserve policy, government spending, and the war in Europe as contributors to America’s economic woes. They also cover the soaring national debt, a possible supply-chain crisis, economic competition with China, plus academic freedom under fire in elite universities.

A Soviet Reunion: Michael McFaul On What Putin Wants

interview with Michael McFaul, H.R. McMaster, Niall Ferguson, John H. Cochrane, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The war continues in Ukraine while peace talks go forward in Istanbul—the outcome of both endeavors being anyone’s guess. Michael McFaul, a Hoover senior fellow and former US ambassador to Russia, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the chances of a settlement that’s mutually beneficial to the two warring parties and the West, as well as discussing Vladimir Putin and the possibility of hostilities escalating.

That’s What Xi (Jinping) Said

interview with Matt Pottinger, H.R. McMaster, Niall Ferguson, John H. Cochranevia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

This week, H .R. McMaster mans the moderator chair for Bill Whalen, and our guest is Matt Pottinger, the former deputy national security advisor and current distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. We cover President Biden’s call with Chinese president Xi Jinping; discuss what lessons China may be taking from Russia’s experience in Ukraine with regards to its own ambitions in Taiwan; and debate what the end game may look like between Russia and Ukraine and when we might expect that to play out.

Viewer Mail—Ukraine Edition

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

This week’s episode is devoted to audience questions—viewers and listeners from over two dozen nations and five continents asking Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane for their thoughts on the war in Ukraine, America’s future involvement in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, China’s plans for Taiwan, plus the impact of Russia’s acts of aggression on oil prices and global economics.

Yes Or No Fly Zone: Congressman Mike Gallagher On Ukraine Policy And Politics

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, Bill Whalen, Mike Gallaghervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Have “false flags” given way to false hope in Ukraine? Despite the images of bold resistance, will Russian military setbacks eventually lead to a bad outcome for the citizens of that nation? Rep. Mike Gallagher, a member of the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the latest news in Eastern Europe, US strategic choices, the war’s economic ramifications, plus China’s short-term (as peacemaker?) and long-term (to absorb Taiwan) aspirations.

Vlad the Impaled?

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Friday, March 4, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine produces a ripple effect across the globe militarily, diplomatically, and economically. Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss a vaunted Russian war machine that’s seemingly slipped a cog, an altered geopolitical landscape, plus the effectiveness of economic sanctions in ending both Russia’s presence in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s tsarist ambitions.

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In uncertain times what’s needed is not just clarity about today’s pandemic, but insight into the challenges that lie ahead as America recovers and returns to normal. GoodFellows, a weekly Hoover Institution broadcast, features senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H.R. McMaster discussing the social, economic, and geostrategic ramifications of this changed world. They can’t banter over lunch these days, but they continue their spirited conversation online about what comes next, as we look forward to an end to the crisis.

Ask The Fellows

In uncertain times what’s needed is not just clarity about today’s pandemic, but insight into the challenges that lie ahead as America recovers and returns to normal. GoodFellows, a weekly Hoover Institution broadcast, features senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H.R. McMaster discussing the social, economic, and geostrategic ramifications of this changed world. They can’t banter over lunch these days, but they continue their spirited conversation online about what comes next, as we look forward to an end to the crisis.


MEET THE FELLOWS

John H. Cochrane is the Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adjunct scholar of the CATO Institute. Before joining Hoover, Cochrane was  a Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and earlier at its Economics Department. Cochrane earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at MIT and his PhD in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a junior staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisers (1982–83).

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Square and the Tower. 

H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. From 2014 to 2017 McMaster designed the future army as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and the deputy commanding general of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

MODERATOR

Bill Whalen, the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism and a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on campaigns, elections and governance with an emphasis on California and America’s political landscapes.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this program are those of the fellows and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hoover Institution or Stanford University.