2005 In Review

The School of Public Policy

Prospects For Democracy

Five esteemed scholars presented lectures in the school's Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East fall series. Starting the event off was Joseph Kechichian, a former fellow in the graduate school's Davenport Institute, covering the prospects for democratization in the conservative Arab gulf monarchies. Visiting Professor James Coyle was the next guest speaker, exploring the successes, limitations, and needs of the democratic experiment in Israel, Turkey, and Iran. Comparing Iraq's challenges with four nations that have made progress toward a liberal democracy was the series' third speaker, James Q. Wilson, the University's Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy. Professor Robert Kaufman presented the fourth lecture, giving a broad overview of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the death of Yasser Arafat. The school's former John M. Olin professor Michael Novak presented the final lecture on "Religion and Democracy: The Case of Islam."

Public Policy students with Armenian children

Public Policy students with
Armenian children

Graduate Students Help International Partners

This summer, eight School of Public Policy graduate students worked with the following policy and humanitarian organizations in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia including World Vision, American Councils for International Education, United Nations Development Program, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Under Professor Angela Hawken's leadership, the students specifically worked on health care, children's welfare, national security, education and economic development, and political reform in the Southern Caucasus region.

Public Policy Faculty Authors

Full-time faculty members who wrote and/or coauthored books in 2005 include: James R. Wilburn and Gordon Lloyd (coauthoring with several others), Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations?; and David Davenport, coauthoring A Country I Do Not Recognize: The Legal Assault on American Values. In late 2004, Bruce Herschensohn, a Davenport Fellow in the School of Public Policy, published the novel Passport, which traces U.S. foreign policy for past 40 years.

Discussing de Tocqueville

Professor Wilson returned in spring 2005 to discuss the influence of European thinkers on American thought and action. During three, regularly-scheduled classes, he provided overviews of French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, and Karl Marx's Estranged Labor and The Communist Manifesto.

Dr. Robert Klitgaard Shares Career Insights

In October 2004, the School of Public Policy welcomed Dr. Robert Klitgaard to campus as part of the career service office's ongoing luncheon series on career choices. Klitgaard is the dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, as well as the Ford Distinguished Professor of International Development Security.

Congressional Retreat

In August 2005, the School of Public Policy and The Heritage Foundation cohosted an exclusive bipartisan congressional retreat on entitlement reform and foreign affairs. This event convened eight members of the House of Representatives with scholars from the graduate school and other highly regarded think tanks for informal discussions.