Hoover Institution

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, based on the campus of Stanford University, is one of the oldest research institutes in the United States. Funded largely by right-wing foundations and corporate donors, Hoover has been a mainstay of the Republican Party for decades, serving as a virtual revolving door for conservative figures involved in Republican administrations, including the George W. Bush administration, which employed several Hoover scholars.

Another major figure of the Iraq War, former U.S. Central Command chief John Abizaid, has also found a home at Hoover. Past Hoover fellows, including notably Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who were tagged to serve in the Bush administration, include Stephen Krasner at the State Department and John B. Taylor at the Treasury Department. The think tank's ties with the Reagan administration were similarly strong. Reagan advisers associated with Hoover included Secretary of State George Shultz, Attorney General Edwin Meese, and National Security Adviser Richard Allen. Margaret Thatcher and Newt Gingrich have also been Hoover fellows.

It has also been called the West's citadel of anticommunism, or Bush 'brain trust'.

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