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Promoting Human Rights Abroad, Defending Them At Home

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

An American foreign policy that includes the promotion of human rights as one of its missions can draw on a tradition rooted in the Declaration of Independence. The assertion of universal equality and the designation of unalienable rights, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," have shaped American political culture. That the reality of American life has never fully realized these ideals and at times failed them egregiously, notably in the institution of slavery, does not negate the validity of the ideals themselves.

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The Moment Of Reckoning: AI And The Future Of US Intelligence

by Amy Zegartvia HAI Human-Centered Artifical Intelligence | Stanford University
Friday, March 12, 2021

The US intelligence community faces a moment of reckoning  and AI lies at the heart of it. Since 9/11, America’s intelligence agencies have become hardwired to fight terrorism. Today’s threat landscape, however, is changing dramatically, with a resurgence of great power competition and the rise of cyber threats enabling states and non-state actors to spy, steal, disrupt, destroy, and deceive across vast distances — all without firing a shot.

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Civil Discourse: Highlights From Firing Line

via Histories
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Discover the public affairs television show that invited major public figures to join William F. Buckley Jr. in an exchange of ideas from 1966–1999.

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Newly Appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow Matt Pottinger Argues That Strengthening Leverage Should Define Washington’s China Policy

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

In his first Hoover Institution appearance as a newly appointed distinguished visiting fellow, former deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger described how Washington can capitalize on its maturing bipartisan consensus concerning the United States’ competition with the People’s Republic of China.

News
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Eureka Issue 2101: So What’s A Governor To Do?

via Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

A new issue of Eureka is now available online.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Paper, Silver, Deficits And Inflation -- Chinese History Version

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Thursday, March 11, 2021

A history of paper money and inflation in China, from Edward Chancellor's Wall Street Journal review of Jin Xu's Empire of Silver. In these sparse paragraphs is most of monetary (and fiscal!) theory, along with a history I was not aware of.

Analysis and Commentary

Great Cowen Interview Of John Cochrane

by David R. Henderson featuring John H. Cochranevia Econlib
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Yesterday, Tyler Cowen published his interview with Hoover Institution economist John Cochrane. It’s a lot of fun and full of insights. I recommend the whole thing.

Analysis and Commentary

Libertarian: The Great Eviction Freeze

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, March 12, 2021

Does the pandemic justify the widespread suspension of evictions?

Matters of Policy & Politics
Analysis and Commentary

Matters Of Policy & Politics: But Is It Constitutional?

interview with John Yoo, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Friday, March 12, 2021

The constitutional legality of the latest legislation from Congress and what did the Founding Fathers envision?

Analysis and Commentary

Egypt's Reckoning

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

As a young man, Egypt’s legendary playwright, Tawfiq Al Hakim had worked as an assistant to the Attorney General in the Egyptian countryside. There he would witness firsthand the dismal state of the country’s fellahin and the grave injustices Egypt’s rural population lived under. The experience would leave a profound impact on the young author and would shape his views of Egypt’s ills and the necessity for social change that became evident in his literary works. 

Analysis and Commentary

Saudi Human Rights

by Karen Elliott Housevia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

If the Biden Administration lives up to its campaign promises and early governing pronouncements, human rights will play a larger role in its foreign policy than in that of the Trump Administration.  This isn’t necessarily good news.

Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Economic Policy Seminar Online

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Hoover Economic Policy working group seminars are now online for anyone who is interested. Follow the link and click "news and events." These happen on Wednesdays at noon, and are put up soon after. Interesting speakers, interesting discussion.

Analysis and Commentary

Biden Doesn’t Need To Restrain His War Powers

by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahuntyvia National Review
Friday, March 12, 2021

President Biden’s airstrike against a pro-Iran militia base in Syria on February 26 may do little to change the balance of power in the Middle East. A few bombs, which allegedly killed or wounded one or two fighters, did little to deter Tehran’s low-intensity campaign against the U.S. military in Iraq.

Analysis and Commentary

Graduate Student Mental Health: Lessons From American Economics Departments

by Valentin Bolotnyy, Matthew Basilico, Paul Barreiravia American Economic Association
Friday, March 12, 2021

We study the mental health of graduate students at 8 top-ranked economics PhD programs in the U.S. using clinically validated surveys. We find that 24.8% experience moderate or severe symptoms of depression or anxiety—more than two times the population average.

Interviews
Interviews

Scott Atlas: COVID And Civil Liberties

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia Financial Times
Friday, March 12, 2021

[Subscription required] Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses how government's response to COVID-19 has eroded our rights and liberties.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: A Bazooka To Kill An Ant

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Armstrong & Getty
Friday, March 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks about the massive, unprecedented Biden "stimulus" bill that was signed into law this week.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Biden’s Relief Bill Will Cut Child Poverty In Half. What’s Not To Like?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the expanded and fully refundable child tax credit that’s included in President Biden's Covid-19 relief bill—and why it should give conservatives pause.
Interviews

Charles Plosser: Former Philadelphia Fed President: Coronavirus Spending Is Getting ‘Out Of Hand’

interview with Charles I. Plosservia Fox
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Charles Plosser provides insight into the COVID stimulus, inflation, debt, and the Federal Reserve.
Interviews

Ayaan Hirsi Ali And Hamed Abdel-Samad On Cultural Identitie‪s‬

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast
Friday, March 12, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks with Hamed Abdel-Samad about the challenges of balancing cultural identities.
In the News
In the News

Energy Policy Experts Advocate Innovation To Achieve Shultz Legacy

featuring George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Two cofounders of the Climate Leadership Council say they want to combine a carbon tax policy with “supercharged innovation” to carry on the legacy of former Secretary of State George Shultz, a former Hoover Institution fellow who died in February.

In the News

Commander Warns US Lawmakers About China’s Growing Military Strength In Indo-Pacific

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia South China Morning Post
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Admiral Philip Davidson says a key to Washington’s efforts to counter China is the Quad: the alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia.

In the News

People Are Bailing Out Of San Francisco, But Not The Bay Area

quoting Lee Ohanianvia Pleasanton Weekly
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Much has been written in the last year about families and companies bailing out of high-cost California and the Bay Area in particular.

In the News

China Should Brace For ‘Difficult’ Issues During Alaska Meeting, US Says

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia South China Morning Post
Friday, March 12, 2021

The Chinese delegation should expect direct, unfettered talks when it meets with its US counterparts in Alaska next week, and Beijing is advised to do its part in addressing strained relations, the State Department said on Thursday.