"What would the nation get with General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense? Integrity. Deep knowledge. Courage, both moral and physical. Humility. Decency. Vision. A steely sense of duty. Fiscal responsibility. A natural leader of men. In short, character." - Hoover Military History Working Group Member Ralph Peters on Jim Mattis
How the foreign policy establishment systematically misunderstands the threat from jihadism.
In this special episode of Uncommon Knowledge, host Peter Robinson remembers Fouad Ajami, a Hoover senior fellow and renowned Middle East scholar, with excerpts from past interviews on Uncommon Knowledge covering US-Afghani relations, politics in Iran, and the need for reform in Islam.
How do we stop the next great terrorist threat?
Fifteen years later, how have the September 11 attacks shaped the West's response to the threat of terrorism.
It goes beyond the kinds of things covered on Leno...
Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick debate the bombing of Hiroshima in a new documentary titled The Bomb. Although most people believe that the bomb was necessary to end World War II, Stone and Kuznick think that it wasn’t, explaining their reasoning using recently unclassified documents and archival findings. The showing of the documentary will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013, in the Lane History Corner, Stanford University. Click here for more information.
The Hoover Institution hosted "'The Price of Peace: A Conversation with Victor Hanson and Peter Robinson" on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm PST.
Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, discusses his essay “The Straussian Moment,” describing how the ancients believed in the power of the intellect and the weakness of the will, but how today we believe the opposite. We want machines to do the thinking, because we don’t trust rationality. Also, Thiel gives his overview on the current American political scene and discusses whether he will endorse President Trump in 2020.
An episode of political violence in London a hundred years ago, featuring a cast of characters including revolutionaries from the Russian Empire, Winston Churchill, and the czarist secret police (the Okhrana) is in the news again, at least in Latvia, where the revolutionaries came from. The episode, known as the Siege of Sidney Street, has never completely disappeared from popular folklore in London, even figuring as part of the inspiration for an Alfred Hitchcock film (The Man Who Knew Too Much). Despite its notoriety, the incident has faded from history, eclipsed first by the outbreak of World War I and by much larger events such as the 1917 Russian revolution.
Peter Robinson interviews Fresno State Classicist Bruce Thornton about his new book Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Suicide.
In his new book, Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow Motion Suicide, Bruce Thornton asserts that Europe has turned its back on the Western tradition to which it owes its greatness. It has abandoned pride in the nation, discarded traditional Christianity, and, in so doing, is without unifying values, ideals, and beliefs. But if Europe is still democratic, and if it still embraces the free market, why should anyone care that Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs are slipping away. The answer lies in the coinciding rise of radical Islam. (35:45) Video transcript
Anthony Kröner’s just-published biography of the last commander of the anti-Bolshevik forces of southern Russia, General Peter Wrangel (Petr NikolaevichVrangel’), entitled The White Knight of the Black Sea, is a carefully researched and well-written account of the life of one of the most fascinating military leaders of twentieth-century Russia. Kröner conducted research in numerous repositories around the world, but the bulk of his research was done at the Hoover Institution Archives, which holds the Vrangel’ collection (http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf0m3n97fc.
Jimmy Lai And The Fight For Freedom In Hong Kong: The Uncommon Knowledge With Peter Robinson Interviews
Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong entrepreneur and pro-democracy activist, has been arrested this week for “violating” new national security laws imposed by the Communist Party of China. The Hoover Institution was fortunate to host Mr. Lai before a live audience at its October 2019 retreat and on June 9, 2020 for a special edition of Uncommon Knowledge following his arrest in May for defying a police ban and participating in demonstrations against Beijing.
He was the dashing, doomed general who challenged the Bolsheviks, an icon of a Russia that might have been. By Anthony Kröner.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came under attack last week for soft-peddling human rights during her visit to China...