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GoodFellows: Gates’s Way to National Security

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Robert Gates, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

It’s a complicated world—one in which an ascendant China threatens American concerns, fighting has recommenced in the Middle East, and the US government may not be suitably prepared for future cyberattacks. Robert Gates, secretary of defense in both the Obama and Bush 43 presidential administrations, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the state of world affairs, US cybersecurity, and America’s global vision (or lack thereof).

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Pacific Century: World To China: It’s Not Us, It’s You

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Misha and John talk about how the liberal world is beginning to turn against Beijing’s aggressive actions.

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Gates’s Way To National Security

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Robert Gates, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

It’s a complicated world—one in which an ascendant China threatens American concerns, fighting has recommenced in the Middle East, and the US government may not be suitably prepared for future cyberattacks. Robert Gates, secretary of defense in both the Obama and Bush 43 presidential administrations, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane to discuss the state of world affairs, US cybersecurity, and America’s global vision (or lack thereof).

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Historian’s Corner: The Firebombing Of Japan

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

On the evening of March 9th, 1945 over 334 B-29 heavy bombers came in low over Tokyo, Japan, on the orders of Gen. Curtis LeMay. They were carrying over 2,000 tons of napalm. In short order, waves of the huge bombers burned out perhaps 15 square miles of the central core of Tokyo.

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World War III In Novels

by Bing Westvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Like hurricanes and volcanoes, most wars are not predictable even months before the event. In this regard, national intelligence estimates are no more soothsaying than novels. But unlike estimates by bureaucrats, novels are stories about human nature that entertain and often enlighten or remind us about the complexity called human nature. Consider these five novels about World War III.

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Is Paranoia The Key To Pandemic Preparedness?

by Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Hypervigilance Beats Preparation for Unpredictable Crises

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Securing Freedom By Multiplying Associations

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, May 16, 2021

U.S. foreign policy -- from the founding era to the present moment -- revolves around a recurring debate about the diplomatic means for securing freedom. As the nation grew and the world changed, it was necessary to revise and refine the understanding of America’s role in international affairs and the character and extent of the nation’s alliances. 

Interviews

Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 14, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Foreign Policy article "The United Kingdom Dispatches HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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Panel I: Adversaries: Security in the Age of Liberal Democratic Erosion

via Fellow Talks
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Security in the Age of Liberal Democratic Erosion will focus on the critical security challenges facing liberal democracies and examine the threats of external adversaries and how democracies can respond.

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The China Model: Not One To Emulate

by Elizabeth Economyvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Though the Chinese model of governance is appealing to many authoritarian leaders, its absence of democratic norms and institutions encourages corruption and constrains healthy economic growth.

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