Hoover Institution in Washington DC: Top Ten in 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution in Washington, the institution’s education and outreach arm located blocks from the White House, provides Hoover fellows with a platform in national policy discussions and serves as one of Washington’s preeminent information centers.

In 2017 we hosted 65 public events with over 3000 guests. Here are the Top Ten Attended Events of 2017.

#1     The 2nd Annual Fouad Ajami Memorial Lecture with H.R. McMaster 

The Hoover Institution hosted the 2nd Annual Fouad Ajami Memorial Lecture featuring H.R. McMaster onr October 30th. The lecture was moderated by Mary Kissel, Editorial Board Member, The Wall Street Journal. Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He was commissioned in the Army upon graduation from West Point in 1984. His command assignments include: Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning; Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency); and Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. He served as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and as a Senior Consulting Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He holds a PhD in Military History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

#2     Cybersecurity In The Trump Administration: What Should We Expect?

The Hoover Institution hosted "Cybersecurity in the Trump Administration: What Should We Expect?" on February 22nd. President Donald Trump has pledged to end the defense sequester and make the development of defensive and offensive cyber capabilities a White House priority, but the contours of U.S. cyber policy under the new administration have yet to be set.

#3     Security by the Book: “Destined for War”

The Hoover Institution hosted "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" on July 12th. The Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology and Law Working Group, along with Hoover's Washington, DC office, invite you to a discussion of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? Jack Goldsmith, working group co-chair and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will interview author Graham Allison about why Thucydides's Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century.

#4     Is There a Deal Space for Carbon Pricing in 2017?

The Hoover Institution hosted "Is There Deal Space For Carbon Pricing In 2017?" on March 29th. George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III, and Henry Paulson are names that command respect. So on February 8, when they and five others unveiled a detailed carbon tax proposal, there was plenty of buzz. "Perhaps this collection of eminences can open the Republican mind," Bloomberg editorialized. "As they point out, even if you don't believe that humans are fully to blame for climate change, a carbon tax is the just the kind of insurance policy everyone needs." This half day conference explored what would persuade a strongly tax-averse Congress to enact a carbon fee and whether a push for tax reform provides an opportunity to address carbon pricing.

#5     A New Federal Push On Private School Choice? Three Options To Consider

The Hoover Institution hosted "A New Federal Push on Private School Choice? Three Options to Consider" on January 18th. One of the few education promises President-elect Trump made on the campaign trail was to launch a major new federal initiative on school choice. By nominating choice advocate Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education, he indicated that he was serious about it. Yet the odds of getting a major program through Congress are daunting, what with conservative Republicans committed to limiting the federal role in education and cutting spending, with Democrats strongly tied to the teachers unions—and with the main federal K–12 programs only recently reauthorized.

#6     Pizza, Pints, & Policy with Senator Ben Sasse

The Hoover Institution hosted "Pizza, Pints & Policy with Senator Ben Sasse" on July 25th. The Hoover Institution and Conservative Reform Network hosted two of the nation's leading thinkers for an important conversation.  Senator Ben Sasse, author of The Vanishing American Adult, joined by  Charles Murray, author of Coming Apart, discussed what it will take to rebuild a culture of self-reliance and responsibility. 

#7     Opening Arguments’ “Confident Pluralism”

The Hoover Institution hosted "Out of Many, One: "Confident Pluralism" in Contentious Times" on June 21st. E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one." Americans know the national motto well-but how well do we live it? As our nation's political and cultural debates become ever more antagonistic, notions of national unity seem all the more elusive.  Against that backdrop, Professor John Inazu's latest book, Confident Pluralism, is an invaluable contribution to the national conversation. And so the Hoover Institution is proud to invite you to a public event: Out of Many, One: "Confident Pluralism" in Contentious Times.

#8     The Age of Consequences

The Hoover Institution hosted "The Age of Consequences" on February 22nd. The event featured a panel discussion with the Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow Gary Roughead, along with research fellows Alice Hill and David Slayton and moderated by Andrew Revkin, senior report for ProPublica, on the impacts of climate change and how it affects national security.

#9     Security by the Book’s “Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces”

The Hoover Institution hosted "Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America's Special Operations Forces" on May 3rd. The Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology and Law Working Group, along with Hoover's Washington, DC office, hosted a discussion of Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America's Special Operations Forces. Jack Goldsmith, working group co-chair and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, interviewed author Mark Moyar, a member of the Hoover Working Group on Military History and Conventional Conflict, about this first comprehensive history of America's Special Operations Forces and his recommendations for special operations forces and policymakers.

#10    A Conversation With House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy On Regulatory Reform And The Economy

The Hoover Institution hosted "A Conversation with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Regulatory Reform and the Economy" on January 12th. Watch the conversation here.