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.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity, discusses why the Arab Spring turned dark and how popular democracy, free speech, and property rights can succeed in the Middle East.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of its Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force, notes that the conscious decision to make Apple the focal point of a special investigation offers a bittersweet commentary on the fragile state of the US political economy.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the rule of law and how it applies to alleged Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, to examine the many issues facing the nation today.
Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of political science at Stanford, and director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, discusses Putin and his worldview, and how to contain him.
Peter Berkowitz on The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror by Stephen Holmes.
Putting numbers to the news, Hoover fellow Bruce Bueno de Mesquita lays his bets on issues such as climate change and Middle East peace.
The march of politics under the banner of law
Mark Steyn breaks down the numbers and explains why they spell doom for the Western world...
Fouad Ajami comments on the all new Israel-U.S. divide...
Sebastian Junger reflects on the value of the war in Afghanistan...
John Podhoretz outlines the circumstances of the deteriorating U.S.-Israel relationship...
Victor Davis Hanson describes the several ways in which the American way of war is distinctive. . . .
John Podhoretz addresses the Iran question and what he considers the very real threat of an Iranian nuke landing in Israel...
Rupert Murdoch weighs in on capitalism, China, Google, and more. . . .