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Centennial Speaker Series

A Century of Ideas: Battleground of Perception: Countering Threats to Free and Open Societies

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Stanford University

Repression and authoritarianism are not merely phenomena of the historical past. Today, we are engaged in a fundamental battle of free and open societies against repressive, closed systems. This panel will address the nature of such threats and discuss the identities of freedom’s adversaries, their goals and strategies, and what can be done to defeat these threats across government, the private sector, academia, and civil society.

Analysis and Commentary

Controlling The Risks Of The Cyber Society. A Task For State And Policy

by Martin Schallbruchvia Germany and the World 2030
Thursday, February 14, 2019

The years of digital euphoria are over. The controllability of digitalisation is the major challenge of the coming de­cade. The risks are manifold, and state and policy have yet to find lasting answers. The law fails in face of the complexity of the digital world, cyber insecurity is spreading, digital platforms are competing with states, state authorities are failing to digitalise themselves. A new, holistic approach is needed to control the digitalisation process.


Big Ideas: “The Greatest Threat To Society Is The Loss Of People’s Confidence In The Capacity Of Their Governments To Act In Cyberspace” With Martin Schallbruch

interview with Martin Schallbruchvia Authority Magazine
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Martin Schallbruch discusses personal trust in technology with the protection of our digitized society and global stability in cyberspace. He notes that the greatest threat to society is the loss of people’s confidence in the capacity of their governments to act in cyberspace.

In the News

Kean University’s China Fiasco Illustrates Need For State Oversight

quoting Hoover Institutionvia NJ Spotlight
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Plan to give management control of campus outpost in Wenzhou to the Chinese government has security and ethical risks.

In the News

Does Technology Favor Tyranny?

quoting Timothy Garton Ash, Michael R. Auslin, Larry Diamond, Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We at Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces dealing with technology and authoritarianism. To complement these articles, we decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take.


Ep. 211: Charlie’s Wars With Charles Hill

interview with Charles Hillvia Q & A, Hosted by Jay Nordlinger
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Charles Hill talks about his upbringing in New Jersey, his life in the arena, his career in the academy, and the fate of the world.

In the News

"Who Will Pick Up The Pieces" – MSC Kick-Off 2019 In Berlin

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Munich Security Conference
Monday, February 11, 2019

"Who will pick up the pieces of the disintegrating world order?" This is the overarching question of the Munich Security Report 2019, which Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), presented at this year’s MSC Kick-off event on 11 February at the Bavarian State Representation in Berlin with over 300 guests. On this occasion, Timothy Garton Ash, Professor for European Studies in Oxford, and Sabine Weyand, Deputy Chief Brexit Negotiator of the EU, discussed the possible consequences of an exit of the United Kingdom from the EU in the context of a disintegrating world order.

Centennial Speaker SeriesIn the News

A Century of Ideas: One Hundred Years of Democracy And Foreign Policy

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Stanford University

The United States was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and for decades, support for democracy around the world has been a central tenet of American foreign policy. The past century provides many examples of prosperity in thriving democracies balanced with the instability of authoritarian and repressive regimes. This panel discussion will address the changing role of democracy building in America’s foreign policy over the past century.

In the News

Pompeo Begins A Divisive March Through Europe

quoting Josef Joffevia The Washington Post
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Hungary, the first destination on a five-day trip through Europe. He’s also scheduled to visit Slovakia and Poland, where he will chair a conference on the Middle East, before heading home via Brussels and Reykjavik, Iceland. The State Department billed his stops in Central Europe as a return to a part of the world that 30 years ago “tore down the Iron Curtain to reclaim their freedom and sovereignty.”

In the News

Neglecting Social Issues Is Not Just Myopic But Dangerous, Says Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Bloomberg Quint
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Neglecting social issues is not just myopic but dangerous, warned the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan as he called for a return to empowering local communities as an antidote to growing despair and unrest.


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