Three Hoover affiliates spoke of the threat posed by Russia, China, and Iran on US interests and liberal values in front of a packed Traitel Auditorium. They emphasized the need for a sense of national unity as essential for an effective US foreign policy.
Since becoming the Hoover Institution director in September 2015, Thomas Gilligan has been responsible for addressing much of the controversy surrounding the institution.
“There’s a real sense that there’s a growing fear and suspicion of Chinese Americans generally in the United States, and that the Hoover report is encouraging this type of scrutiny and suspicion,” Chang said. “And many of us feel this is a form of racial profiling.”
Diplomacy, trade policy and the rise of China were the subject of discussion at the third Asia-Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum, attended by former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former Japanese Misters of Defense. At the event, organized by the Hoover Institution, Nikkei Inc. and the Freeman Spogli, speakers also analyzed China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
World-renowned scholars debated the future of governance in the Middle East at the Hoover Institution, discussing the relationship of explosive increases in youth population and major technological advancements to the development of Middle Eastern democracies.
Hoover panelists discuss the life of Li Rui, former secretary of Mao Zedong and one of the greatest modern critics of the Communist Party before his death this year. In light of his legacy, speakers addressed the role of history as a political tool both for and against totalitarian governments.
George P. Shultz was born one year after Herbert Hoover founded the Hoover Institution. He grew up in the Great Depression, served as a Marine during the Cold War, and is one of only two Americans ever to hold four separate cabinet positions.
Jim Mattis, who served as the 26th Secretary of Defense for two years under President Donald Trump, will serve as the Hoover Institution Davies Family Distinguished Fellow starting May 1.