During the years 1989–90, the countries of Eastern Europe were transformed at a speed and in a manner unprecedented in peacetime. Free elections were held in countries that had suffered under communist regimes for half a century. Poland’s Solidarity movement, once illegal, became the legitimate elected government. A dissident playwright, Václav Havel, became president of Czechoslovakia just a few months after his release from prison...
Gary D. Libecap, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, writes that Americans should celebrate fracking. The technology has catapulted the United States from being a has-been producer of oil to the world’s largest total supplier in 2013 when we include natural gas liquids, biofuels, and crude oil. The U.S. produced around an average of 12.1 million barrels a day of these liquids—300,000 barrels a day more than Saudi Arabia and 1.6 million more than Russia...
Hoover senior fellow Amy Zegart argues that the notion of an American foreign policy grand strategy in the post-9/11 world is a relic of Cold War thinking. Today's threats are much more complex and shifting than ever before. Rather, U.S. international relations should be based on 'orienting principles' – a middle ground between ad hoc reactions and unrealistic grand visions.
Recently, the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers met in our nation’s capital for its biannual meeting, featuring presentations by Hoover fellows and distinguished guests, including before-dinner remarks on US security by former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former vice president Richard (Dick) Cheney.
Merian Caldwell Cooper would be a top candidate for the "Most Interesting Man in the World." Although Cooper is known for his 1933 production of King Kong, there were many more interesting episodes in his life in addition to that iconic movie. Indeed, in the words of the film historian Richard Schickel, “his career was larger than life.” Expelled from Annapolis in his senior year for advocating air power, a view the navy frowned on, in 1916 he joined the Georgia National Guard and served with General Pershing’s expedition against Pancho Villa.
The Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–76), as Harvard scholar Roderick MacFarquhar has pointed out, was a watershed event in the history of the People's Republic of China, the defining decade of half a century of communist rule. The incremental materials contain documents relating to revolutionary activities in the Beijing and Shanghai areas and Mao Zedong’s directives to party members and the Red Guards against his political rivals.
Fifteen motion picture films of candidates campaigning for major political offices in California's 1962 and 1966 elections are now available on California Light and Sound. Each candidate was filmed as they spoke to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) employees and answered their questions during the company's nonpartisan lunchtime voter education program. See the complete list of the digitized films, from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Motion Picture Film collection, below.
The Hoover Archives is now the home of the Heartland Institute collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries of antiregulation and free-market issuances in the United States.
If anyone knows the past, present, and future of education in the United States, it is the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, which recently celebrated its sixteenth anniversary. Over the years the distinguished education experts have debated many aspects of education policy, most recently at their Blended Learning Conference. Now they look to the future in their new book What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, released by the Hoover Press.
Hoover senior fellow Michael McFaul discusses potential US responses to Russia’s moves against Ukraine on PBS Newshour. Topics include Putin’s strategy for Ukraine, the economic costs of Russia’s activity in Crimea, and damages to US-Russia relations.
Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of An Epidemic of Absence, discusses allergies and autoimmune diseases with EconTalk host Russell Roberts. Topics include why allergies and autoimmune diseases have been on the rise in the developed world for the past fifty years, cleanliness and hygiene, and using parasites to treat immune system disorders.