Strategika Issue 57 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.
Immigration is a contentious topic. To complicate it further, immigration should often be broken down into several distinct topics. It can mean legal or illegal immigration, it can mean permanent or temporary visas, and it can mean preventing future flows or managing existing stocks.
Progressive candidates and new Democratic representatives have offered lots of radical new proposals lately about voting and voters. They include scrapping the 215-year-old Electoral College. Progressives also talk of extending the vote to 16- or 17-year-olds and ex-felons. They wish to further relax requirements for voter identification, same-day registration and voting, and undocumented immigrants voting in local elections.
A surprising array of events are arranged in four-year cycles: leap years, the Olympics, presidential elections, and many “terms of office,” including those on the Maryland State Board of Education, where I just concluded my tour of duty.
The constitutional legitimacy of modern administrative power is premised upon energetic judicial and legislative oversight, restraint, and reform. Today’s liberty-minded reformers stress this point—and they’re not the first.
“The world by 2049 will be defined by the realization of Chinese power,” write Bradley Thayer and John Friend, referring to the centenary of the founding of the People’s Republic. “China,” these American academics tell us, “will be the world’s greatest economic and political force.” Must Americans accept the inevitability of Chinese dominance of the international system?
American strategy towards the Middle East has long been based on maintaining the twin pillars of security and stability in a region of geostrategic importance. At a crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East has been historically significant for its energy supplies and passageways connecting the east and the west. To advance American interests, the United States has traditionally sought to maintain its position of influence through regional partnerships and with its military presence. Today though, there is a widespread perception that the US may be abandoning the Middle East.
Ellicott City, a historic patch of Maryland nestled between the Tiber and Patapsco rivers, regularly endures catastrophic flooding. Since the city’s official founding in 1772, severe floods have struck fifteen times, disrupting daily life and posing a constant challenge. One flood in 1768 even destroyed a grist mill built by one of the area’s first settlers along the banks of the Patapsco (Preservation Maryland 2016 Preservation Maryland. August 4, 2016.
President Trump faces a much clearer pathway to reelection in 2020 now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s found no evidence that the President or the Trump campaign colluded with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Spring may be coming, but our “policy winter” continues. That’s my forecast, anyway, as today’s crazy politics combined with leftover fatigue from the Bush-Obama era has led most of the nation’s leaders to shy away from anything that looks or sounds like a big new move to reform K–12 education, outside showering our broken system with lots more money.
Like the students in Jared Lucas’s class, I have been thinking a lot about Bryan Caplan’s insights on schooling in The Case Against Education. I got to about page 120 and then my plane landed, but I read it the way I read every book I write a review on: every page and every footnote.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says the analogy of Brexit being an expensive divorce has played out, but that it now also feels like a student asking a professor for an extension on their paper. Ferguson notes that he does not think that the future of the European Union is very bright without Britain.
Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses the early days of US and international climate action, how the Paris Agreement came into force and the predecessor agreements that gave rise to it, how it was supposed to operate, and what impacts President Trump's actions have had on international climate policy.
Hoover Institution fellow and former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan says the minimum income guarantee scheme promised by the Congress is an extension of the direct benefit transfer program, a theme that the government is also working on. Rajan also talks about economic growth, election themes, and populist nationalism.
Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis discusses Brexit and notes everything is on the table. Kounalakis talks about what happens next, whether May's bet will payoff, and ultimately if there will be a soft Brexit.
In honor of its centennial anniversary, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Tuesday launched a yearlong speaker series that will look at how history from the past 100 years can help inform current public policies.
As part of an event co-sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and the Center for Growth and Opportunity, John Taylor, economics professor at Stanford University, spoke Tuesday on the future of economic policy in the United States. Taylor, Stanford economics professor and senior fellow in economics at the Hoover Institution, rejected The Economist’s interpretation of the US economy in their July 19, 2014 story, “America’s lost oomph,” in which the cover depicts an American jockey on top of a turtle. Rather, Taylor said, the economy could be likened to a caged eagle, and policy reform could cut open the cage for us to see better growth.
Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Tuesday expressed doubts over Indian economy growing at 7% when not enough jobs were being created and said the current cloud over the GDP numbers must be cleared by appointing an impartial body to look at the data.
For nearly two years, President Trump’s critics placed immense weight on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of allegations that Candidate Trump colluded with Russia before the 2016 election, and that President Trump obstructed justice after his 2017 inauguration.
Texas, it’s been said recent years, should inspire California to recapture its lost promise, to polish its fading luster. While the Golden State grapples with a host of Blue State struggles, housing is more affordable in the Lone Star state, taxes are lower, business is welcomed rather than handcuffed, and its economic and employment prospects are high.
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, seeking all records of communication about the Clinton-DNC-financed Trump "dossier" among former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and the cable news outlet CNN.
Attorney General William Barr’s decision to go beyond Robert Mueller’s conclusions and clear the president of obstruction of justice raised many questions from lawmakers and legal experts. Months before taking the attorney general position, Barr wrote an unsolicited memo arguing Mueller crossed a legal line by looking into possible obstruction by the president. Many worry this memo indicates Barr already made up his mind before seeing Mueller’s actual report.
Paul Ryan, for all his flaws as an immigration dove and record of taking tough votes such as the grotesquely cronyist TARP bailout, was nonetheless almost single-handedly responsible for making entitlement reform a part of Republican Party economic orthodoxy. Ryan's "Roadmap for America's Future," first introduced in 2008 and later more fully flushed out, detailed the Wisconsin congressman's policy vision for a future that included structural reforms — including means-testing, introduction of competitive market forces, and optionality for privatization measures — to America's bankrupting entitlement programs of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Speaking at a suit-and-tie gathering at the Harvard Club in midtown Manhattan, attorney John Yoo offered a message to New York City’s mayor and schools chancellor that could only be described as cocky: Thank you. Yoo was grateful for city officials, he said, for presenting “a case that’s going to be so easy for us to win.”
The “new abnormal” the world is facing from risks like nuclear war and climate change has led the symbolic Doomsday Clock to be frozen at the closest it has ever been to midnight. The clock, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) in 1947, intends to warn of impending disasters.
With the Mueller Report‘s debunked allegations of Russian collusion behind us, conservatives increasingly have sounded a drumbeat to hold accountable those responsible enough for the real misinformation campaign. Once again, Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests from the transparency/accountability guardians at Judicial Watch may be the catalyst that helps set it in motion.