The Hoover Institution held its Desert Conference in Indian Wells on Monday, March 16, 2015. The conference offered presentations by Hoover fellows on a wide range of public policy issues, from the economy to health care to energy to Europe, Russia, and China. Below is a selection of podcasts from the conference.
George Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses energy and the arising issues that threaten our existence. The first such issue is the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The second is the rewriting of issues concerning borders, countries, and sovereign rights. The third is the prospect of a warming climate and what the United States and the world can do about it.
Kori Schake, a Hoover research fellow and member of the Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group, discusses China’s rise and whether its transition to world leader can be managed peacefully. Most such transitions are violent. The only peaceful transition of world powers in the history of the world was from Britain to the United States. Why was that transition peaceful and what can we learn from it as China gains power?
Russell Berman, a Hoover senior fellow and a member of Hoover’s Islamism and the International Order Working Group, discusses Europe, Russia, and the Middle East and the US stance in this world of disorder as well as our prospects for a new foreign policy. Under the Obama administration the United States has pulled back from its role in the world, a retreat from power and foreign policy that has had negative effects around the world.