2017 Hoover Spring Retreat

Tom Gilligan, theTad and Dianne Taube Director, reminded those attending the retreat of the overall impact Hoover fellows are having at just the moment in history when their insights are most needed.
Hoover research fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali addressed the Sunday dinner with an outline of the radicalized elements within the Islamic world and enumerated an agenda for defeating the ideas of radical Islam—an essential task if we are to preserve freedom.
Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson riveted the Monday dinner audience with his account of writing President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 “Tear Down This Wall” speech. He emphasized the power of moral courage and belief in freedom—qualities shared by Reagan and the Hoover-connected advisers who served him then and continue to serve America today. He said that preserving freedom is “hard work, and Hoover is doing it!”
Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow at Hoover and former US secretary of state, provided a view of how global politics pivoted in 2016 and the potentially good and bad paths history could take. She was encouraged by the “reassertion” of American ideals on the world stage.
Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Hoover and a nationally respected historian, recounted how Donald Trump was elected, why, and his assessment of the pros and cons of the Trump administration—and how those who favor ideas defining freedom can respond.