Hoover Institution May 2010 Retreat

Robert Kagan
Robert Kagan is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an adjunct professor of history at Georgetown University. He presented a before-dinner talk titled “Is Our International Order Eroding?”
John Cogan
John Cogan, the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, presented a talk titled “Lessons from the History of Entitlements.”
Richard Epstein
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at Hoover and a member of Hoover’s John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity, discussed Barack Obama and the rise of the transfer society.
James Ceaser
James Ceaser has been a professor of politics at the University of Virginia since 1976 and is also a member of the Boyd and Jill Smith Task Force on Virtues of a Free Society at the Hoover Institution. He gave a talk titled “Populism, Demagoguery, and Charisma.”
Christopher Gibson
Christopher Gibson was a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellow in 2006–7 and is the author of Securing the State: Reforming the National Security Decision-making Process at the Civil-Military Nexus. Gibson discussed the 2010 elections and the renewal of conservatism.
Benjamin Wittes
Benjamin Wittes is a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and a member of the Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security Law at the Hoover Institution. He discussed the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial and the future of Guantanamo detainees.
Edward Lazear
Edward Lazear, the Morris Arnold Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the Bush administration and the former director of the National Economic Council, gave a talk titled “The U.S. Economy: Where Do We Go from Here?”
Keith Hennessey
Keith Hennessey, assistant to the president for economic policy from November 2007 to January 2009, now a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, discussed the federal budget, comparing past, present, and future U.S. budgets. He anticipates that in the coming years spending will outpace tax increases leading to increased deficits and a higher national debt.
John Raisian
John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a senior fellow, gave the opening remarks at Hoover’s May 2010 Retreat.