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Interviews

Markos Kounalakis: 'What Comes Next? How The World's Most Violent Places Recover'

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia World Affairs
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis talks about how violent and weak states transform into stable ones.

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Law and Border

by Sharon Driscoll interview with Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Can the president declare a national emergency to build his border wall? Stanford law professor and Hoover fellow Michael W. McConnell guides us across uncharted legal terrain.

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Make Central America Great Again

by George P. Shultz, Pedro Aspevia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

To stanch the flow of illegal aliens, pour U.S. foreign aid into improving their home countries.

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Why Are The Western Middle Classes So Angry?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?

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Democracy Demotion

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

For three decades beginning in the mid-1970s, the world experienced a remarkable expansion of democracy—the so-called third wave—with authoritarian regimes falling or reforming across the world. By 1993, a majority of states with populations over one million had become democracies. Levels of freedom, as measured by Freedom House, were steadily rising as well. In most years between 1991 and 2005, many more countries gained freedom than lost it.

Analysis and Commentary

The Devil Is In The Device, Not The Platform

by Chirantan Chatterjee mentioning George P. Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Joseph Nye, Niall Fergusonvia The Hill
Monday, June 10, 2019

With the buzz around 2020 U.S. elections building, and an election in another large democracy, India, just concluded, it is time for societies to place more of an emphasis on mobile phone regulation than they do on social media.

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Craig Richardson On The Cuban Tragedy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, June 3, 2019

Along with a dozen other professors visiting Cuba, I was there for an educational program sponsored by the U.S.-based Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The theme was Cuba’s economy, society, and political system. CIEE’s marketing brochure promised a mixture of academic lectures, cultural experiences and travel to various parts of the country. Along with North Korea, Cuba is the last of the Communist regimes to actively discourage free markets, private property rights, and profit making. Although I traveled there with an open mind, I was about to experience a country in which the state’s overarching vision of equality for all has vanquished nearly every aspect of entrepreneurial dreams—and many normal human dreams, as well.

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Latin America In An Emerging World

via Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, December 3, 2018

Our takeaway from our roundtable on Latin America in an emerging new world is a region showing gradual—and fragile—economic, social, and governance progress on average, but with significant heterogeneity lying beneath, both within and across individual countries. For example, while Mexican manufacturers are by some counts already more roboticized—and therefore more ready for future disruptions—than those in the United States, citizens in some areas of the country live with few opportunities in conditions more closely resembling sub-Saharan Africa. 

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The Road To Caracas

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 6, 2019

When I first visited Venezuela in 2010, Hugo Chávez was still the country’s president. Venezuela in those days wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed sipping Scotch (the national drink of choice) in Carabobo and boating on the Orinoco River. But I could tell that things were not going to end well. “The reality of Chávez’s regime,” I wrote at the time, “is that it is a sham democracy. . . . Private property rights . . . are routinely violated."

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Famous Guests At The Hoover Institution Throughout History

via The Hoover Centennial
Friday, May 3, 2019

Heads of state have frequently visited the Hoover Institution to learn from the scholars and the Library & Archives.

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