Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the findings of a task force he participated in dedicated to determining whether the United States committed acts of torture in the aftermath of 9/11.
The Obama administration is acting—publicly, at least—as if Israeli settlements were the only obstacle to Mideast peace. It will never be that simple. By Peter Berkowitz.
Peter Berkowitz on Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America by Robert B. Reich
The Honorable John Howard, former Australian prime minister, offered before–dinner remarks at the Hoover Institution’s April 2009 Spring Retreat on Sunday, April 26.
Terrorists are getting very good at covering their tracks. Their pursuers must become even better at uncovering them. By Katya Drozdova.
Why the war in Iraq is not like the war in Vietnam—and why the present conflict must not be permitted to end the way the former conflict ended. By Victor Davis Hanson.
They’d teach us about war. By Victor Davis Hanson.
Hoover fellow Edward Teller became a central figure in President Reagan's effort to develop a defense against ballistic missiles-the Strategic Defense Initiative, or, as it was quickly nicknamed, Star Wars. Recently, some in Congress have once again begun to urge the deployment of a space-based missile defense. Teller is right back in the middle of the controversy.
We present a brief appreciation of Teller by Hoover media fellow Edward Neilan. Then we present an interview with Teller himself, who talks with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.
Peter Robinson challenges Mark Krikorian to explain why America -- a nation of immigrants -- should now adopt anti-immigration policies. Krikorian responds by asserting that mass immigration is fundamentally incompatible with a modern society, that it causes a serious erosion of sovereignty, and that it creates a net economic burden on the government. Finally, he details the dangers of transnationalism and multiculturalism that are inherent in immigration today and gives his prescription for solving the problem. (34:52 ) Video transcript
“Were we right to go to war in Iraq?” With this question as a point of departure, Peter Robinson explores with Ambassador Bolton our foreign policy successes and failures during the Bush years and assesses the current challenges from the usual suspects: North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Bolton sees a power shift in the Middle East that would be fundamental, calamitous, and irreversible should Iran get nuclear weapons. (36:26 ) Video transcript
Under President Nixon, in 1973 the United States abolished the draft, moving to an all-volunteer armed forces. Now some—most notably New York congressman Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee—have called for a reinstatement of the draft. Is this a good idea? What lessons from history can we call on to help answer this question? And what impact would the reinstatement of the draft have on society as a whole and the military in particular? Peter Robinson speaks with David Kennedy and Edwin Meese. (33:11) Video transcript
Professor David W. Brady discusses the role that gridlock plays in shaping national policy with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. Together they look at key legislative issues, from the divided government under Reagan, through Clinton's Democratic government, to complete unified Republican control under George W. Bush, analyzing important cruxes in lawmaking: the swing votes, the veto, the filibuster, and the rise of tough budget politics.
Professor Robert Bates explores with Hoover senior fellow Peter Duignan the harsh reality of failed and failing states in Africa after independence. Bates outlines some of the key policy failures at work during the transition from colonial rule and explains how more recent democratization efforts have typically resulted in highly authoritarian and abusive regimes. Despite the risks associated with foreign aid, there is hope that the economic and political climate of Africa can improve with new funding strategies and free trade initiatives.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for the US ambassador to Russia nominee Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University. He talked about the status of US-Russia relations, missile defense, arms reduction agreements, and trade relations.
Peter Robinson, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and from 1983 to 1988 a special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, discusses the story behind what many have called the four most important words of Ronald Reagan's Presidency and the battle to keep those words, “tear down this wall,” in Reagan’s June 1987 speech.
Peter Schweizer, the William J. Casey Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former consultant to NBC News, discusses how Congress and the government, in giving sweetheart contracts to friends and big donors, cause a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars.