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Lee Ohanian: The Economic Policies of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Lee Ohanian: The Economic Policies of the 2016 Presidential Candidates

with Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Institution
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

President Obama often highlights his administration’s success in spurring a robust economic recovery; Lee Ohanian, however, is less optimistic about the state of the US economy under his leadership. 

Abbas Milani: ISIS, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

Abbas Milani: ISIS, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

with Abbas Milanivia Hoover Institution
Monday, April 18, 2016

According to Abbas Milani, crafting cohesive policy to deal with instability and threats in the Middle East requires understanding the ideological, social, and regime-based catalysts of unrest.

Scott W. Atlas: Cleaning up the Post-Obamacare Mess: Restoring Quality Health Care at Lower Cost

Scott W. Atlas: Cleaning up the Post-Obamacare Mess: Restoring Quality Health Care at Lower Cost

with Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Institution
Monday, April 18, 2016

This talk, which comes on the heels of Atlas’s latest book, Restoring Quality Health Care, brings clarity to the increasingly complex topic of US health-care policy in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. 

Richard A. Epstein: Originalism as Originally Understood: The Uncertain Legacy of Justice Scalia

Richard Epstein: Originalism as Originally Understood: The Uncertain Legacy of Justice Scalia

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Institution
Monday, April 18, 2016

Much has been said about the legacy of US Supreme Court justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia since he died in February 2016. 

General Jim Mattis: What Should We Do About Iran?

General Jim Mattis: What Should We Do About Iran?

with General Jim Mattisvia Hoover Institution
Sunday, April 17, 2016

In this talk, General Mattis applies his extensive national security and policy experience to current US-Iranian diplomacy. 

Leadership Concept

Yuri Yarim-Agaev on Key General Characteristics Common to Authoritarian Regimes

featuring Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Yuri Yarim-Agaev offers a methodical approach to the topic, explaining key general characteristics common to authoritarian regimes, including intrinsic opposition to US interests. As a result, according to Yarim-Agaev, regime change is the only viable solution to security threats from rogue actors. He argues that Ronald Reagan’s strategy for fostering peaceful change from within was proven effective during the Cold War and is an equally viable strategy for dealing with contemporary authoritarian regimes.

George P. Shultz on Crafting Reagan’s Cold War Strategy

featuring George P. Shultzvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Secretary George Shultz’s work alongside Ronald Reagan in crafting Cold War strategy and negotiating with Soviet leaders adds a valuable firsthand dimension to the discussion. Shultz outlines President Reagan’s diplomatic “playbook”: execute against your word, be realistic,  lay a strong hand, and know your agenda,  illustrated with personal stories from his experience in executive office. He also applies these lessons to current US relations with Iran and China, demonstrating a troubling deviation of today’s diplomacy from tested strategic principles.

Wuhan, China

Charles Wolf Jr. on Reform in China

featuring Charles Wolf Jr.via Hoover Institution
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Charles Wolf’s remarks center on fostering reform in China, offering a counterpoint to Yarim-Agaev’s focus on regime change and support for internal dissidents. According to Wolf, several avenues for further democratic evolution, political reform, and marketization exist within the People’s Republic of China’s existing institutional framework. He suggests that stimulating further interaction between professional organizations in the United States and their bureaucratic equivalents in the Chinese Communist Party is the most practical strategy for accelerating such reforms.

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.

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