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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.

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Alex Stamos On Securing American Elections

interview with Alex Stamosvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Alex Stamos discusses what happened in 2016, and the enormously complex landscape of defending not just election infrastructure but also preserving the integrity of the information ecosystems in which Americans make their decisions about how to vote, including the possible consequences of regulating foreign media.

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The History And Future Of Mass Metadata Surveillance

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Project On Government Oversight
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This year, Congress has the chance to end the latest iteration of a long-running surveillance program that has violated Americans’ privacy and for a decade operated under secret and deeply problematic legal justifications. The Project On Government Oversight has called on Congress to end the “call detail records” program, which vacuums up a huge quantity of phone records from people the government does not suspect of wrongdoing. And when the law authorizing this program—Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001—expires in December, Congress should not only end the authority for the program, but enact additional reforms to protect Americans’ privacy rights from this type of improper surveillance.

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Lanhee Chen: China Isn't Just A Trade Story It's A National Security Story

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox Business
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the mounting US trade tensions and security issues with China.

In the News

Drone Technology A Threat To All

quoting John Villasenorvia American Free Press
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When remote-controlled flying drones closed London’s Gatwick Airport in 2018, it was a clear warning that a new threat era had emerged, requiring urgent action. It was, in fact, a threat that had been developing for more than a decade with signs as far back as 2010 that over-the-counter drones would become available and that their fast-changing capabilities would outstrip efforts to counter them unless there was a major plan by governments to invest heavily in anti-drone technologies. Today, the threat is not only confined to kids or terrorists flying drones into airspace over airports.

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Timothy Garton Ash: Europe Without Borders

interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia HKU e-learning
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Timothy Garton Ash talks about the dilemmas confronting the European Union, as well as Europe without borders.

Announcing the 2018 Winners of the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp Director’s Award

Monday, October 8, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA

Capping off an intensive week-long study and discussion of the core principles and tools of public policy, students were invited to apply their knowledge by researching and developing a policy proposal. Following the principles of Hoover scholarship, the proposals emphasize a specific recommendation using facts, data, and well-constructed arguments. The papers summarize the significance of the new policy and the expected result.

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You're It: Crisis, Change, And How To Lead When It Matters Most

Friday, June 14, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most" on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT.

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Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency

by Larry Diamondvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, June 10, 2019

From America’s leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world order—and the very value of liberty.

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ASPI Suggests

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia The Strategist
Monday, June 10, 2019

‘Asia’s premier defence summit’, the Shangri-La Dialogue, was held last weekend and was attended by defence ministers, government officials and think-tank representatives from across the region. Sam Sachdeva’s Newsroom report captured the highlights well. In his Interpreter piece, Michael Fullilove argued that while acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan’s performance was poor, it was his ‘plain-spoken, tough-minded and funny’ French counterpart, Florence Parly, who stole the show. 

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