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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
In the News

A Chilling Study Of The World's Worst Dictators

featuring Frank Diköttervia The Sidney Morning Herald
Friday, November 1, 2019

There is an astonishing scene in the 1994 Russian film Burnt by the Sun. A giant celebratory hot-air balloon bearing a portrait of Stalin is released at the same time, in June 1936 during the great purges, that the Soviet secret police arrest a legendary Red Army hero and "old Bolshevik". This moment juxtaposes the two elements that sustained Stalin’s Russia: public worship and political terror. They lie at the core of Frank Dikotter’s impressive and authoritative new book. Dictatorships employ violence to seize power and eliminate opposition. But to entrench themselves and survive, they also need popular consent, created and sustained through personality cults.

Analysis and Commentary

The Central Planning Myth

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 1, 2019

Friedrich Hayek pointed out that a central planner, even a smart benevolent one, can’t possibly know what he would need to know to plan an economy. The needed information exists in the minds of hundreds of millions of people.

Analysis and Commentary

New Evidence Points To Mounting Trade Policy Effects On U.S. Business Activity

by David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Nick Parkervia The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Friday, November 1, 2019

Trade worries remain at the forefront of economic news. Average tariffs on Chinese imports now stand at 21 percent, up from 3 percent in March 2018. Earlier this month, President Trump suspended plans for further tariff hikes on Chinese goods. Also this month, the U.S. is rolling out new tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of imports from Europe. On another front, fears are growing that Congress may not approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, the intended successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement. 


Pax Americana

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Claremont Review of Books
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

For internationalists, institutionalists, and liberals of various sorts, the past two decades have uncomfortably proved the perceptiveness of Samuel Huntington’s 1996 jeremiad The Clash of Civilizations, itself a response to Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 article “The End of History” and subsequent book. Even if civilizations per se are not clashing, that an era of revived great-power competition threatens global stability is largely recognized as the great international relations challenge of this generation.


Democracy Is Under Attack In Post-Wall Europe – But The Spirit Of 1989 Is Fighting Back

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Europe’s velvet revolutions, a new generation is standing up to the populists.


Niall Ferguson Says The Costs Of Brexit Will Be Significant

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about his outlook for the UK economy, the EU, Brexit, and the US-China trade war.


Author Andrew Roberts On His New Book “Leadership In War”

interview with Andrew Robertsvia Fox News
Monday, October 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Roberts discusses his latest book, Leadership In War: Essential Lessons From Those Who Made History.

In the News

How To Be A Dictator By Frank Dikötter Review – The Cult Of Personality

featuring Frank Diköttervia The Guardian
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Charisma, a lust for power, an absence of principles … what links Mao, Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler and other 20th-century dictators?


Lanhee Chen: Trump Defends Ukraine Calls As Democrats Ramp Up Impeachment Efforts

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Friday, October 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the process and drive towards impeachment.


John Yoo: Russia Investigation Origins Probe Shifts To A 'Criminal Inquiry'

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the significant shift to a criminal probe in the Russia investigation.