For three decades beginning in the mid-1970s, the world experienced a remarkable expansion of democracy—the so-called third wave—with authoritarian regimes falling or reforming across the world. By 1993, a majority of states with populations over one million had become democracies. Levels of freedom, as measured by Freedom House, were steadily rising as well. In most years between 1991 and 2005, many more countries gained freedom than lost it.
What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?
Martin Feldstein, a renowned economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, passed away on June 11. Feldstein was the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Reagan. Hoover Fellows who served on this council with him included Tom Gilligan, John Cochrane and David Henderson.
Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses his new book Ill Winds, and warns that the US's role as an international champion of liberal democracy is needed now more than ever to counteract Russia and China's increasing global influence.
Hoover Institution fellow Alex Stamos discusses what happened in 2016, and the enormously complex landscape of defending not just election infrastructure but also preserving the integrity of the information ecosystems in which Americans make their decisions about how to vote, including the possible consequences of regulating foreign media.
A hearing begins today on Capitol Hill, led by Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline who chairs the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, to examine the effect Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook have on the news industry following an explosive study indicating Google made $4.7 billion off the news in 2018.
The Frontline Research & Learning Institute today released the fifth print issue of The Line, a publication dedicated to encouraging civil discourse among K-12 education leaders by presenting diverse viewpoints on the most pressing issues facing education today. The Line reaffirms its commitment to progressing K-12 education by asking complex questions of publication contributors who include two former secretaries of education, heads of education policy organizations and nonprofits, teacher leaders, superintendents and other advocates. The fifth issue boldly addresses critical issues that have significant consequences for our communities.
On June 12, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will present “Geopolitical Flashpoints with Ian Bremmer, Niall Ferguson, and Dana Perino,” part of the “Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management” series. Dana Perino of Fox News Channel will moderate the discussion between global political experts Ian Bremmer and Niall Ferguson, which will delve into the panelists’ unique perspectives on today’s global hot spots, including China, Russia, North Korea, and the Middle East. Auditorium seating for this event is sold out, but the program will be livestreamed at BushCenter.org and via Facebook Live.