Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006.
She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up...
In a special live edition of Hoover’s flagship broadcast, Uncommon Knowledge, Research Fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali discussed her newly released book, Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights.
In this interview, Research Fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about her new book, Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights. Hirsi Ali explains how the surge of migration into Europe since 2014 has had the unintended consequence of increasing rates of sexual violence against women. Many of these offenses have been committed by young men from Muslim-majority countries, where women are not afforded the same legal protections as they are in the West.
The Hoover Institution Press today released The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter It by Hoover research fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this free downloadable report, Hirsi Ali argues that the American public urgently needs to be educated about both the ideology of political Islam, dawa, and the organizational infrastructure that Islamists use to inspire, indoctrinate, recruit, finance, and mobilize those Muslims whom they hope to win over to the extremist cause.
The Hoover Institution in Washington, Hoover’s DC-based outreach arm, located blocks from the White House, is a major center of conference activity for the institution and highly regarded in Washington policy circles as a source of information and expertise. In the first six months of 2017 the office has arranged eight congressional testimonies by Hoover fellows, led seven Capitol Hill briefings, and hosted thirty public events with high-profile speakers including House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Luke Messer, and Representative and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chair Devin Nunes.
The opening of the Hoover Institution 2019 Fall Retreat—the final retreat of Hoover’s centennial year—could not have been more appropriate. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow, sat on a stage before the dinner audience. Across from him sat Jimmy Lai, Chinese entrepreneur, publisher, and longtime advocate for human rights. Lai is a prominent leader of the recent Hong Kong protests against encroachment by the Communist Chinese government.
A recent media roundtable at the Hoover Institution featured discussions between journalists and Hoover scholars on US foreign policy toward China and other national security issues.
In 2017 our nation faced a broad array of issues at home and abroad. Perennials such as health care reform, entitlement spending, North Korea, ISIS, Russia, and the contentious political cycle remained in the forefront, to be joined by tax reform and immigration. Throughout it all, in publications across the country, Hoover fellows offered their unique brand of thoughtful and scholarly insight and ideas. A selection of those pieces follows.
On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13769 titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. He replaced it with Executive Order 13780 on March 6, 2017,
BEHIND THE SCENES: At the 2017 Spring Retreat, Hoover fellows describe America at a “crossroads”—and how to chart the way forward
Hoover’s Spring 2017 Retreat brought together Hoover supporters and fellows to meet around topics that shape nations yet also touch individual lives in personal ways at home and abroad. Riveting presentations and incisive question-and-answer periods sustained an energy level that felt appropriate to the rapidly moving history in which Hoover and its supporters are playing a role.
Women from the Hoover fellowship representing national security fields participated in a forum commemorating International Women’s Day, recalling their own challenges in a profession historically dominated by men and assessing the status of women around the world, especially those deeply impacted by social, political, and economic crises.
Established by Herbert Hoover and codified in the institution’s governing bylaws, the Board of Overseers is an integral source of strategic guidance and support for the Hoover Institution. The board is active throughout the year but assembles in full twice annually in Washington, DC, and at Stanford. Those meetings serve the dual purpose of convening the board for discussions of institution business and providing overseers with behind-the-scenes briefings about national policy activity.
In 2020, we launched Hoover Capital Conversations. In this series, Hoover fellows discussed a variety of pressing topics with policy makers at several levels of government and leadership. These in-depth, informed conversations aimed to pull back the curtain on policy development and execution. The topics reflected the Hoover Institution’s research priorities of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and representative government.
The depth of Hoover’s scholarship is reflected in the numerous books published by our fellows on a broad variety of topics and issues. This timely and prodigious output offers insight on the most pressing issues in public policy. The books they published this year range in topics from democracy to World War II to financial regulation reform to the Islamic world.
A recent media roundtable at the Hoover Institution featured insightful policy discussions on American foreign affairs between journalists and top scholars.
As Congress recently introduced and passed legislation that uses $50 million in federal money aimed at ending forced labor and human trafficking, the Hoover Institution Press releases Invisible Slaves: The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery.
A look at the 2019 Summer Policy Boot Camp.
In 2018, the United States faced many issues at home and abroad: immigration, trade, Supreme Court justices, health care reform and Medicare for All (M4A), socialism, entitlement spending, the Middle East, Russia, North Korea, China, and the midterm elections, as well as infrastructure, deficits and debt, and tax reform. Throughout it all, in publications across the country, Hoover fellows offered their solid, creative, thoughtful, and scholarly insight, ideas, and policy recommendations. Here is a selection of their work.
The Hoover Institution at 100: Featured Celebrations And Conversations In 2019 About A Century Of Ideas
The Hoover Institution marked one hundred years of its history by expounding its commitment to the ideas of individual, economic, and political freedom; private enterprise; and limited and effective government.
The Human Prosperity Project On Socialism And Free-Market Capitalism Kicks Off Speaker Series With A Conversation Featuring Condoleezza Rice
The Human Prosperity Project, a Hoover research initiative in which scholars survey empirical data regarding the historical record of socialism and free-market capitalism, has launched a new online speaker series featuring Hoover fellows’ commentary on the world’s most prominent and conflicting economic systems.