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Kori Schake on Using Economics as Targeted Sanctions

featuring Kori Schakevia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kori Schake introduces economics to the discussion, describing effectively targeted sanctions as one of the most powerful diplomatic tools available to policy makers. She attributes the Reagan administration’s success in Cold War negotiations to pragmatism, including open lines of communication, recognizing opportunities for advancing the US agenda, building partnerships in the international community, and supporting ideological allies within rogue states. She also emphasizes the United States’ soft power as an intellectual influence on the world’s elites as a promising force for change.  

William Patrick Clark with former president Ronald Reagan (William Patrick Clark papers, box 170)

Michael McFaul on Applying Reagan’s Cold War Strategy Today

via Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

According to Michael McFaul, some—but not all—of the lessons from Reagan’s Cold War diplomacy are applicable today, although, even under identical circumstances, the same strategy may not produce the same results. Applying this equivocal perspective to current issues in international relations, McFaul’s remarks give an informative overview of the challenging landscape faced by diplomats and strategists.

Abraham Sofaer on Lessons from Reagan’s Cold War Strategy

featuring Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Abraham Sofaer argues that Reagan’s Cold War strategy offers important lessons for contemporary US policy toward Iran, despite Reagan’s failure to apply those lessons in his own negotiations with the Iranian regime. Recounting five principles from Reagan and Shultz’s diplomatic work with the Soviet Union, Sofaer shows how parties opposite the table can be effectively engaged without losing focus on the US agenda.

Milani discusses echoes of the Iranian evolution in Egypt

Abbas Milani on Understanding Iran

featuring Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Abbas Milani focuses on Iran but paints a more complex picture of a state divided, with movements toward reform and international engagement clashing against authoritarian elements within the government. Stressing understanding a regime as a crucial prerequisite to effective strategy, Milani calls for targeted US policy toward Iran that bolsters movements for change and undermines support for the status quo.

Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson: At Home And Abroad After Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses deterrence in terms of world affairs and especially after Obama. 

Bill Whalen

Bill Whalen: Bye-Bye Hawkeye Cauci: How Iowa’s Results Impact The 2016 Election

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Iowa Caucus Night and that Iowa kept to form on the Republican side: the “one of us” candidate prevailed.

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Abbas Milani: ISIS, Iran, Saudi Arabia And The Future

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Abbas Milani, a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, discusses ISIS, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the future of the Middle East. Successive US administrations have declared Iran to be one of America’s most serious national security threats. Yet the last four wars the US has fought in the region — in Afghanistan, in the two wars in Iraq and in the current war with ISIS—have resulted in either removing or containing Iran’s powerful adversaries. 

Decoding Cyber Threats

featuring Amy Zegartvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Amy Zegart notes that the threat environment the United States confronts today is unprecedented.

US-China Relations

Game On: The United States And China In The Indo-Pacific

featuring Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Fellow Talks
Monday, October 19, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Gary Roughead discusses China’s importance and the strategic competition in the next 100 years between the United States and China.

Supreme Court

What Will The Supreme Court Think Of Next?

featuring Michael McConnellvia Fellow Talks
Monday, October 19, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses the US Supreme Court, noting that the New York Times refers to the past term as the most liberal term since the Warren Court in the 1960s.


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