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1. What is the Hoover Institution?
The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, national security, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library & Archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity and secure and safeguard peace for America and all mankind.

2. Why is the Hoover Institution doing this?
The country does not need louder, more aggressive policy advocacy; it needs more people equipped to participate constructively in our vibrant democracy. As Stanford University-based educators, Hoover Institution fellows are seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights.

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