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Strategika Issue 61: Tariffs And Embargoes

via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 23, 2019

Strategika Issue 61 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.

Analysis and Commentary

Joe Posnanski On The Life and Afterlife Of Harry Houdini

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 23, 2019

Journalist and author Joe Posnanski talks about his book, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Posnanski explores the enduring fame of Houdini who remains an iconic cultural figure almost a century after his death.

Analysis and Commentary

The Era Of ‘Good’ Fascism?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, December 22, 2019

If and when fascism comes to America, it will not arrive with jackboots, stiff arms, and military uniforms. To modern progressives, laws are fluid, to be enforced when they champion the “good,” to be ignored or subverted when they empower the “bad.”

Analysis and Commentary

Come From Away

by Russell Robertsvia Medium
Saturday, December 21, 2019

I recently saw the musical Come From Away for the second time. It’s a musical about 9/11, when 38 planes were re-routed to a small town in Newfoundland, a town called Gander with a population of 9000 because US air space was closed. Suddenly, unexpectedly, 7000 people showed up needing a place to sleep and needing food and phones, love and kindness, and more.


Jack Goldsmith: 'In Hoffa's Shadow' Uncovers An Author's Family Ties To A Mafia Mystery

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia KDLG
Friday, December 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses new memoir In Hoffa's Shadow, which is about his stepfather Chuck O'Brien, a close associate of Hoffa's, and about Goldsmith's investigation into O'Brien's alleged role in Hoffa's disappearance.

Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.
In the News

Stalin And The Fate Of Europe By Norman M Naimark Review – The Postwar Struggle For Power

quoting Norman M. Naimarkvia The Guardian
Saturday, December 21, 2019

European politicians seeking to rebuild their ravaged societies in the immediate aftermath of the second world war had their work cut out for them. The conflict had devastated the continent, leveling cities, destroying economies, and uprooting 40 million people. It had spawned a series of civil wars in which occupiers and collaborators fought resistance movements for control of soon-to-be liberated territories. 

In the News

Hoover Presents Preview Of Chiang Ching-Kuo Diaries

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Taipei Times
Friday, December 20, 2019

Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on Tuesday gave a preview into the personal diaries of former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), which are to be open to public viewing starting in February.

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Economic Instruments And National Security Goals

by John B. Taylorvia Strategika
Friday, December 20, 2019

In this essay I address the question of whether economic instruments such as tariffs, embargoes, quotas, capital controls, financial sanctions, or asset freezes can achieve national security goals—economic, political, or military—and thereby help avoid international conflict, or even preclude war. The connection between economics and national security is an ancient issue about which people have debated for a long time. Thucydides wrote about the Athenians sending out ships to collect money to finance battles, but the very act of collecting money under force could be counterproductive and lead to war.

Hoover hosts NAFTA at Twenty conference
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by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 20, 2019

Why the USMCA is a bad agreement.


Jack Goldsmith Shares His New Memoir On Fresh Air

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Northern California Public Media
Friday, December 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses new memoir In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth, which investigates his stepfather’s role in Hoffa’s disappearance.


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.