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Analysis and Commentary

How We Can Prevent The Next Killer Flu Epidemic

by Henry I. Millervia Newsweek
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Seasonal outbreaks of flu kill many thousands of Americans even in a good year, and this is a bad one.


Why Cyber Is Different

by Amy Zegartvia
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cyber attacks are a new type of dangerous threats that are vastly different from traditional warfare. Cyber attacks threats are increasing, making powerful nations even more susceptible. Because cyber attacks can occur unexpectedly, we need to be more vigilant and increase coordination among organizations to prevent attacks.

Analysis and Commentary

Personalized Medicine Needs Enlightened Regulation To Realize Its Potential

by Henry I. Millervia Journal of Commercial Biotechnology
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

[Subscription Required] Precision, or personalized, medicine, reflects that treatments -- especially those using biopharmaceuticals -- are gradually shifting from a relatively imprecise “one size fits all” approach to a more personalized one, so that patients can be matched to the best therapy based on their genetic makeup and other predictive factors. However, for the pharmaceutical industry, it could be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it could diminish the number of patients required to demonstrate efficacy in clinical trials, but on the other, it might narrow the approved labeling indications (uses), once the FDA allows the drug to be marketed. Moreover, if regulators require huge safety studies, that could offset the advantage of being able to show efficacy with smaller numbers of patients.


The Machines Ate My Homework

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 12, 2018

Are we living through the re-mystification of the world?

Analysis and Commentary

Small Towns, Big Companies: How Surveillance Intermediaries Affect Small And Midsize Law Enforcement Agencies

by Anne Bousteadvia Lawfare
Monday, February 12, 2018

As Justice Samuel Alito noted in United States v. Jones, “[i]n the pre-computer age, the greatest protections of privacy were neither constitutional nor statutory, but practical.” Nevertheless, there has been increasing recognition that practical protections for privacy do not dissipate entirely when digital-age government officials seek commercially collected information.

In the News

How Should We Define International Order In The Modern Era?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia In Homeland Security
Monday, February 12, 2018

Historian and occasional pundit Niall Ferguson recently penned an op-ed in The Global Times, questioning the existence of an international order. 

At Stanford, First Cardinal 'Conversation' Spotlights Technology, Politics

via Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Monday, February 12, 2018

The new Stanford initiative Cardinal Conversations examined the intersections of politics and technology with entrepreneurs and Stanford alumni Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel. Historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution moderated a discussion that included questions from the largely student audience.

In the News

‘The Square And The Tower’ Chronicles A History Of Modern Society's Complexity

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday, February 10, 2018

In November 2010, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen predicted that governments would be “caught off-guard when large numbers of their citizens, armed with virtually nothing but cell phones, take part in mini-rebellions that challenge their authority.”

In the News

Chinese Surveillance State: ‘Creepy’ Technological Reality

quoting Larry Diamondvia Homeland 411
Friday, February 9, 2018

Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, recently painted a chilling picture of China’s surveillance state, detailing an evolving “social credit system” that rewards those loyal to the state and could punish those who aren’t.


Niall Ferguson On Triangulation

interview with Niall Fergusonvia TWiT
Friday, February 9, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how Silicon Valley has important lessons to learn from history.


Research Teams

The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.