Today’s global security crystal ball is murky, but a safe assumption is that the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe will remain unsettled and nests of terrorist activity, motivation, and recruitment; with sanctions lifted Iran’s conventional military re-emergence in the region will further challenge the security environment in the Middle East; Northeast Asian allies, China, and the U.S. will continue to react to an unpredictable regime in North Korea.
In this era of mass and uncontrolled migrant flows, Adam Smith’s 1776 classic on The Wealth of Nations offers insight into the nature of the challenge posed by Islamism. Far from being a mere manual of economics, Smith’s work reveals how competition promotes progress across society and government, and how it created the modern state and the modern international state system.
For that beleaguered, bewildered portion of the Republican Party derogatorily referred to as the “GOPE” (as in: “GOP Establishment”) we have a new acronym — DABDA as in “Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.” The Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross coined the words to explain how humans cope with death and loss.
Abandoning earlier caution about the relationship between the Zika virus and various serious possible sequelae, including microcephaly (a devastating condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains), CDC scientists have confirmed cause and effect.
A few weeks ago, I argued that policy change is not the only path to education reform, floated five other approaches for improving educational practice, and promised to flesh them out in future posts. Here’s my attempt at the first of those five strategies, just in time for National Charter Schools Week.
Todd Young is actually, at least on paper, one of the best so-called “establishment Republican” candidates. He has a genuinely impressive background—military, academic and professional. I think he could potentially be a very effective senator.
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Boskin discusses the potential effects of Brexit to Great Britain. The UK is deeply connected by trade to the rest of the EU, which accounts for the largest share of Britain’s total global exports and imports, each amounting to about 30% of British GDP. Brexit would therefore have significant consequences for trade flows not just between the UK and the EU, but also in the rest of the world.
The world economy has recently been experiencing highly volatile foreign exchange and capital markets, a spread of unusual monetary policy actions, and disappointing growth and stability. These developments have led to a host of policy proposals ranging from reforms of the international monetary system built on rules-based monetary policy in each country to more interventions in the form of capital controls, exchange market actions, and macro-prudential regulations. The aim of the conference is to examine these recent developments and consider policy options.
Hoover Archives has received the papers of Dr. Roy Pateman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the author of the popular book, Eritrea: Even the Stones Are Burning.
Many have looked at the current political climate and noted a disturbing trend among young Americans: a distinctly anti-capitalist stance. And it’s not without reason. Today, America finds itself in an increasingly unequal society with wage growth stalled even as corporations and the people running them are seeing their take home income explode.
Gigantic government’s complexity and opacity provide innumerable opportunities for opportunists to act unconstrained by clear law or effective supervision. Today’s example, involving the government’s expropriation of hundreds of billions of dollars, features three sets of unsympathetic actors -- a grasping federal government, a few hedge funds nimble at exploiting the co-mingling of government and the private sector, and two anomalous institutions that should never have existed.
A respected reporter recently asked me what were a few important things I had learned from all this and all of that during the past decade and I surprised myself and perhaps him by answering that I now realized that younger generations – the Xers and Millenials – were far different generations from my own.
Marty Wilson, a Republican political consultant, was at a poolside reception at a GOP gathering in Burlingame over the weekend, analyzing paths forward for Ted Cruz and John Kasich in California. He offered one major caution.
Now that Donald J. Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee, a parade of prominent Republican leaders is breaking with the traditions and rituals of party unity and offering him a blunt message: Nope. Never. I can’t. I won’t.
When does treading carefully lead to falling behind? Federal Reserve officials signaled last week that they expect to raise interest rates twice this year, while investors see only one move. If economic theory is any guide, even the central bank’s more hawkish outlook would still leave the target for the benchmark policy rate way too low.
On May 2, the Datong Society of China Studies at University of California, Berkeley visited Hoover Archives. Under the guidance Hsiao-ting Lin, Hoover co-curator for Asian collections, and Tianyi Dong, Director of External Affairs for the Datong Society, the interdisciplinary academic group viewed valuable artifacts from Hoover’s Chinese collections, including documents and photographs, the Chiang Kai-shek diaries, and artifacts related to the Chinese Cultural Revolution.