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Pension Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Pension liabilities are one of the most important, and most poorly understood, fiscal challenges facing California. Unfunded pension liabilities are a large and growing fiscal burden for the state government and for local governments as well. For the state government, the share of pension contributions in the budget has increased by 350 percent since 2002. 

Electricity Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Frank A. Wolakvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments. With the passage of SB 100, California has one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals for its electricity supply industry. The California Solar Initiative rebate program has led to more rooftop solar capacity in the state than the total rooftop solar capacity installed in the next eight highest-capacity states.

American Wonk: John Yoo On Harvard’s Anti-Asian Discrimination

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the legal complaint against Harvard, alleging that Harvard systematically discriminates against Asian-Americans.

No Eclipse

by LTC Marcus Ferraravia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

An American crisis of confidence, augmented by effective Chinese propaganda, has driven the narrative of the end of the “American Century,” replaced with a Chinese one. An analysis of such metrics as demography, social stability, geography, the environment, economics, military strength and capability, and soft power belies the concept of American decline and shows that China is beset with substantial internal and international challenges that indicate continued United States dominance in world affairs.

Russ Roberts: Examining the Rise of American Earning and Living Standards

featuring Russell Robertsvia U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Hoover Institution's John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow, Russell Roberts, testified before the Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, September 26 at a hearing titled "Examining the Rise of American Earning and Living Standards." 

Josh Rauh on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

featuring Joshua D. Rauhvia Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Josh Rauh testifies before the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans.

From the Iranian Corridor to the Shia Crescent

by Fabrice Balanchevia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, August 17, 2018

Tehran’s long-term strategy to fortify the Iranian Corridor as a Shiite Crescent requires demographic reengineering. Iran and its allies must be able to rely on a loyal population because of the solidarity it provides at the sectarian level.The attempt to reduce the Sunni numerical advantage is real, but it has had limited results. Even, if viewing the Levant as largely Sunni dominated is a mistake, it seems difficult for Iran to reverse the demographic balance. In contrast, the strategy of promoting internal division among the Sunni promises to be more effective.

The White House

Corruption Wafts Into The Situation Room

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Monday, August 13, 2018

In responding to a question from The Post, Price put his finger on the greatest single outrage contained in the new episode of the President Trump-Omarosa Manigault Newman saga of sustained squalor: The misuse of the Situation Room by Wh ite House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to isolate and fire an employee.

Normative Restraints on Cyber Conflict

by Joseph Nyevia Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cyber security is a relatively new international problem. A decade ago, it received little attention as an international issue, but since 2013 the Director of National Intelligence has named cyber security risks as the biggest threat facing the USA. Although the exact numbers can be debated, various non-profit organisations have listed hundreds of state-sponsored attacks by a score of countries in the past decade. Many observers have called for laws and norms to manage the growing cyber threat. In this paper the author outlines the key normative restraints on cyber conflict. The author draws on the development of international norms in recent history to offer insights into the formation of normative restraints in the cyber realm.

Joint Statement Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations 2018

via U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis hosted Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Defence Marise Payne on July 23-24 for the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, California. Holding the meeting in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the U.S. Pacific coast and near the birthplace of the ANZUS Treaty, is a fitting affirmation of the vitality of our alliance and the significance of the Indo-Pacific to our shared future.

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