Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution whose focus is classics and military history. Hanson notes that it should be a good time for Republicans because Barak Obama has essentially destroyed the Democratic Party. State legislators are more than 70 percent Republican; governors are more than 60 percent Republican. But challenges remain for the Republicans because President Obama has moved the goal posts far to the left, and the national debt is huge, entitlements are growing, immigration is a problem, race relations have deteriorated; it will be tough and painful to turn things around.
Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, discusses ISIS, terrorism, and the Middle East. Milani is not optimistic about the future of the Middle East, saying he has never seen so much turmoil. The social and cultural systems and boundaries that were implemented after World War I are now coming apart. Seven to ten countries in the Middle East are failed states; then you have nonstate actors such as ISIS. The sand is shifting in the Middle East in profound ways and affecting the whole world. Milani also discusses ways to counter ISIS and help the Middle East.
Lanhee Chen is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; director of Domestic Policy Studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; lecturer in law at Stanford Law School; and an affiliate of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. Chen deconstructs the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and discusses the act’s future and the implications of what is next. Chen notes that one’s impression of the ACA is colored by partisanship. For most Republicans the law is awful; for most Democrats the law is great. Furthermore, the ACA is already entrenched in our health care system so making changes will be difficult.