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No, This Isn’t The Fall Of Rome

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, August 12, 2019

“A republic, madam — if you can keep it.” That was supposedly Benjamin Franklin’s reply to a woman who asked him the result of the Constitutional Convention after it adjourned, in 1787.

In the News

Trump Opens The Door To Chaos As Landmark Treaty Expires

quoting George P. Shultzvia Houston Chronicle
Friday, August 2, 2019

On Friday, a nonproliferation pact that underpinned three decades of global security will collapse. In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which led to the removal of more than 2,600 U.S. and Soviet nuclear and conventional ballistic missiles - specifically, ground-based weapons systems with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (310 and 3,417 miles). That proximate distance, and the fact that they could hit their targets within 10 minutes, made such missiles the source of constant miscalculation fears during the Cold War era.

In the News

Demise Of US-Russian Nuclear Treaty Triggers Warnings

quoting George P. Shultzvia Voice of America
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

In December 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan hosted Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the White House for a ceremony that signaled the changing times.

In the News

State Department 230th Anniversary Celebration

interview with George P. Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, Henry A. Kissingervia C-SPAN
Monday, July 29, 2019

On July 27, 1789, the Department of State became the first US government executive branch department to be established. Hoover Institution fellows George Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, and Henry Kissinger celebrate the 230th anniversary of the State Department. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales in 1941
Analysis and Commentary

Winston Churchill's Lasting Legacy

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 29, 2019

Andrew Roberts, a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," Winston Churchill's lasting impact on Western civilization, and how he is taught today in schools.

Analysis and Commentary

“A Simple Accident?” Perhaps, But Not A Political Sliding Door

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

In news not concerning presidential tweeting, we’re experiencing a wave of Camelot nostalgia courtesy of the 20th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Jr.’s fatal plane crash (July 16 also being the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lift-off and, more ominously, the 229th anniversary of a plot of land along the Potomac River being designated as the future seat of the federal government).

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Solzhenitsyn Was Here

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The celebrated Soviet exile came, did some research in the Hoover Archives, and began his scrutiny of the American scene. Notes on a memorable visitor.

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The Audacity of Nope

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It takes a special kind of chutzpah to compare the outrageous goals and impossible price tag of the Green New Deal with the components of the original New Deal.

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King of the Hill

by Jay Nordlinger interview with Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hoover fellow and legendary Yale historian Charles Hill looks back on grand strategy and a grand life.

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Checked and Unbalanced

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Constitution blends political ideas into a harmonious whole. Modern partisan warfare, on the other hand, sharpens differences and dulls the harmony, and democracy suffers.


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.