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Letting Go of the Mideast

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

For the first time in many decades, the Middle East is no longer indispensable to America’s security or economic needs.

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How to Be a Dictator

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Frank Diköttervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Frank Dikötter on the tribe of tyrants, from Stalin to Mao. What the bad guys have in common.

Interviews

Samuel Tadros: Egyptian-American Researcher Samuel Tadros: There Is An Increase In Atheism In The Middle East Because Of Groups Like ISIS, The Muslim Brotherhood; Religious Discourse Is Failing To Answer People's Questions

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia MEMRI - The Middle East Media Research Institute
Friday, April 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros notes that that there is an increase in atheism in the Middle East because the religious discourse is failing to give people answers that are compatible with science and that are satisfactory for the 21st century.

Interviews

Marko Kounalakis: Saudi Arabia: Mecca Is Empty + Oil Is Cheap

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia WorldAffairs
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis talks with experts from around the world about Yemen, oil, and Saudi Arabia.

In the News

To Bibi Or Not To Bibi? That Was The Question

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Jerusalem Post
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Had it not been for the corona crisis, a Jerusalem courtroom would already now be the venue for “The State of Israel vs. Benjamin Netanyahu”

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Strategika Issue 63: Should The United States Leave The Middle East?

via Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Strategika Issue 63 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

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Leaving The Middle East: The Fallacy Of A False Dichotomy

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via Strategika
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

In classical logic, the false dichotomy, or false dilemma, is defined as an argument where only two choices are presented yet more exist, or a spectrum of possible choices exists between two extremes. False dilemmas are usually characterized by “either this or that” language but can also be characterized by the omission of choices. This insidious tactic has the appearance of forming a logical argument, but under closer scrutiny it becomes evident that there are more possibilities than the either/or choice that is presented.

InterviewsNational Security

John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his National Review article "The U.S. Must Reject the International Criminal Court’s Attack on Its National Sovereignty."

In the News

Leverage Has Been Building Up

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia The Market
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Raghuram Rajan, Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago, warns of defaults in the credit sector. To dampen the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, he argues for targeted economic measures, and he explains why he views Switzerland as a role model for the revitalization of growth in the industrial world.

In the News

Can Debate Fix America? Intelligence Squared Wants To Try

quoting Victor Davis Hanson, H. R. McMaster, Abbas Milani, Hoover Institutionvia Stanford Review
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Last week, a nearly unprecedented event took place at the Hoover Institution. It was not a garish student protest or a floor-shaking rally, but a calm, informative debate on the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran.

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