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February 2002 Director's Welcome


Ira A. Jackson1 February 2002

Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends:

We’re underway with a new semester here at the Kennedy School, accompanied by a flurry of activity at CBG.  With new faculty, emerging research, and a series of seminars and conferences all lined up, we’re busy, things are cooking, and I welcome your active involvement.  Here’s just a flavor of what’s in the stew:

  • Our Asia Programs has broken valuable new ground. At the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 18th, Dean Joe Nye, Professor Tony Saich, Senior Associate Dean Pete Zimmerman, and Dr. Julian Chang, along with representatives from the Development Research Center of the State Council of China and Tsinghua University’s new School of Public Policy and Management, inaugurated our newest partnership with China.  Over 30 domestic and international press agencies attended this widely reported event, as well as senior officials from various central government agencies.  The 11-week international executive program is designed to broaden methods of policy thinking and analysis and expand the knowledge base of China’s government officials on substantive issues of economics and management.  Through CBG’s collaboration with Tsinghua University, CBG will assist Tsinghua in developing its own capacity for teaching public administration.
  • Yutaka Kawashima arrives at CBG this month as a Senior Fellow.  Minister Kawashima recently vacated the most senior level post in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs – the administrative vice-minister – where for 15 years he was the foremost decision maker in areas related to Japanese foreign policy.  Combined with extensive experience in foreign bureaus from Europe to North America to Southeast Asia and an ambassadorship in Israel, Minister Kawashima will complement and enhance the valuable work of our Asia Programs.  In addition to his research plans, he will also teach a new KSG course this spring with Professor Ezra Vogel entitled “Japanese Foreign Policy Decision Making, 1985-2001.”  With an emphasis on case studies, the course will ask students to play the role of the foreign policy decision makers on issues ranging from the opening of Japanese markets to the future of pacifism to how to deal with a newly emergent, strong economic power in China.
  • Speaking of courses, this semester 29 of our faculty members are primed to engage masters’ level students in 40 KSG courses.  A few of our faculty are teaching for the first time at the Kennedy School, or are teaching courses never previously offered.  Professor John Ruggie will offer insight from his experience at the UN in “Global Governance;” Robert Pozen, fresh off an immensely successful tenure at Fidelity, will engage students with “The Mutual Fund Business;” Iqbal Quadir will work with students on contemporary issues of “Technology and Governance;” and Joe Stern will lay a valuable foundation for economic modernization in “Building the Institutional Base for a Modern Economic State.”
  • In tandem with teaching, CBG faculty and staff are actively planning two upcoming conferences in hopes of educating a wider audience and inform the issues relevant to our central mission.  The first of the two will be in mid-March. “Leadership 2002: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice” will bring together academic, private sector, and public sector leaders to explore the nuances and strategies involved in effective leadership – across all sectors of society.  Cosponsored by our friends and colleagues at the Center for Public Leadership and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the conference aims to close the gap between research and theory on effective leadership on one hand and the reality of practice on the other.  We will be aided in this endeavor by David Gergen of KSG, a keynote address by Warren Bennis of HBS and KSG, and a Forum event on March 14 with David Rockefeller.
  • Professor Robert Lawrence, along with Michael Landesmann of the Vienna Institute for International Studies, is working on putting the final touches on a conference comparing the structure and performance of the European and United States economies, and the potential implications for Transatlantic Relationships and Policies.  “Transatlantic Perspectives on the U.S. and European Economies: Convergence, Cooperation and Conflict?,” slated for April, will include experts from both sides of the Atlantic.
  • In addition to the activities here at CBG, we are very pleased to once again participate in the Kennedy School’s annual Student Internship Fund Auction during the evening of February 28th in the Forum.  Because of money raised during this unique and very important event, many KSG students receive the opportunity to partake in summer internships that normally would be unpaid.  And the event brings out a great sense of community for all of us.  So come and join us and bid on fantastic and matchless items, from a guided tour on the set of “The West Wing” to an official butterfly ballot from the 2000 Florida election – to a cushy week at my 1840 farmhouse in Irasville, Vermont!  You can find out more information on the SIF website at:
  • More immediate is the Spring 2002 kick-off of the New Directions in Regulation lunch seminar, sponsored by our Regulatory Policy Program.  Yesterday, Howard Kunreuther of the Wharton School spoke on “Improving Environmental Safety through Third Party Inspection.”  Upcoming seminars offer an all-star lineup of professors, including Steve Goldsmith, Tony Gomez-Ibanez, Joe Newhouse, Malcolm Sparrow, and Bill Hogan of the Kennedy School.  Topics range from airline regulation in a post-September 11th world to electricity restructuring to Medicare.  The seminars convene on alternate Thursdays.  For more information, visit the RPP seminar website at:
  • Professor Robert Stavins’ Environmental Economics and Policy Seminar, affiliated with the Environmental Economics Program (EEPHU) at CBG, also promises an impressive lineup of leading thinkers, beginning with our own Professor Jeff Frankel as the inaugural speaker for the semester.  He’ll be followed by faculty and leading thinkers from throughout the United States – and from the Helsinki School of Economics.  The seminars will run the spectrum from the effects of trade on the environment to new alternatives for emissions standards.  You may view the schedule, download papers, and learn more about these scholars from the seminar’s website:

And finally, the CBG brochure is hot off the presses, offering a handy and graphic overview of what we have to offer.  If you’d like to receive a copy, please let me know.  Otherwise, you can find one shortly at our website:, along with a new series of shorter glossy descriptions of a variety of CBG programs, including Asia, Harvard Electricity Policy Group, EEPHU, Regulation, Fellows, and our Leadership Council.

As always, my door is always open to you, and I encourage you to stop by and say hello when you’re in the vicinity of Belfer 504.  And here’s an offer you can’t refuse: every Tuesday, from 8:00-10:00am, we not only serve coffee, tea, and cold drinks – but bagels, cream cheese, juice, and biscotti from Darwin’s starting this Tuesday!  See you soon.



Ira A. Jackson, Director

Center for Business and Government

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